With warm summer days comes the perfect opportunity to dine al fresco. And perhaps one of the most iconic styles of outdoor eating is packing a picnic and heading into nature. There is something relaxing about spreading out a blanket, carefully arranging a simple meal, and dining in the open air. It’s a pleasant way to not just enjoy a meal but also enjoy the company of another.
This summer, if you want to experience the best a picnic has to offer, we are here to help. Whether you are packing a picnic for your favorite group of friends or hoping to create a romantic meal for two, this guide will give you inspiration for the perfect outdoor dining experience.
No picnic is complete without the food you’ll eat. As you consider your picnic menu, first determine how many guests there will be. This will help you decide how much food to pack and what type of containers you’ll need to transport the food. Often, picnics are designed for two — a romantic way to relax in the sun and chat over a meal with your loved one.
Additionally, most picnic meals feature light fare. Generally, you’ll want to focus on hand-held foods that won’t require lots of plates and silverware.
If you’re looking for inspiration, you can use the following picnic favorites as a starting point for your menu:
As you plan your menu, don't forget to consider the preferences of any attendees and any dietary needs.
Along with picking the perfect menu, you’ll want to pick out your picnic location. Take the time to explore a few spots before you bring your loved one or invite your friends to the event.
Common locations for picnics include the following:
Elevate your picnic with fresh flowers. Flowers can add a splash of color to your picnic spread, and the gentle fragrance of a summer bouquet will enhance the ambiance. Bring along a single bouquet of flowers to place in a vase in the middle of your picnic, or set up several small floral arrangements around the picnic area.
Almost any flower will pair well with a picnic, but the following are popular summer choices:
Picnics aren’t just about eating a meal outdoors. They are an event designed to show someone how much you care. You can use a picnic to celebrate summer with friends or to spend some time with a family member one-on-one. Or you can create a romantic picnic that expresses your affection for your special someone.
Regardless, as you take the time to carefully put together this event, consider adding an extra touch with a small gift.
In harmony with the theme of nature, a small plant makes a perfect picnic present. Succulents are an excellent choice, as they will be easy to transport. Add a personal note and give a gift that will keep on giving.