A basket will organize and easily transport your indoor picnic. Be sure to include your napkins, drink mixes and snacks. You can achieve a unique look by spray painting the basket or adding a ribbon to your current picnic basket. Include your guests by asking them to bring a favorite food and background information on its origin, perfect for a history lesson and unique dinner or lunch experience.
If rain is on the horizon or the weather has turned chilly, you can always bring things indoors. For a bonding activity, you and your guests can take out all of the furniture in a room and replace it with an indoor picnic. It makes for a beautiful space to relax without worrying about a rainy day plan.
Picnics aren't just for parks and other pastoral settings. Just because you live in an apartment doesn't mean you can't host a high-end picnic on a balcony or terrace. Take advantage of the light and green surroundings and echo those features in your tablescape. Here trend expert Nancy Fire sets the scene for a Cast Shadows-themed urban picnic at her home in New York City.
Define with strong lines - Bold lines give this dining area a strong personality and sense of grandeur. It is generous, the wood benches and chunky wood table create a cozy dining space for evening gatherings.
Designate a food and beverage station using foldout tables covered in basic linen tablecloths to keep the main table clutter-free and allow guests to move about the picnic area. Old rugs also function well as table covers. Style with feathery wreaths, reclaimed wood pieces, favors and fresh flowers.
Consider benches instead of individual seats for backyard dining areas. This dining set, designed to hold a large group, sits nicely on this small backyard patio and blends well with the divider privacy fence and landscaping plan.
Fill the table with vibrant blooms to fully embrace the natural theme of the picnic. Katie Martine of Elegance and Simplicity designed these gorgeous arrangements made up of seasonal flowers and herbs for each table.
Custom invitations reflecting the rustic setting of the party are lovely, handcrafted reminders of your event that also inform guests about the venue, dress code, directions and time. Print your invitations on brown kraft paper and mount on 4-inch by 5-inch precut wood veneer sheets. Finish with plain linen fabric strips and gold string. Allow guests to RSVP online or via email. Invitations designed by Little Bit Heart
Take advantage of the ample green space and provide a place for guests to lounge. Spread painters' canvas under blankets to keep critters and moisture away. Throw pillows and wraps will keep guests comfortable.
Why settle for a blanket and a basket when setting up a table and chairs would make your picnic guests feel super special for just a little bit more effort? Find a scenic setting in a valley, a grove of trees, a pretty field, an orchard, or even a quiet corner in your own back yard. Use a lightweight or folding table and chairs to create the wow-factor without the heavy lifting.
The Weingart Center Garden in Los Angeles features a shaded sitting area with colorful sail awnings and red octagon-shaped picnic tables. Raised beds offer a home to trees with deep purple leaves, while a stone fountain offers a fun water feature.