This ultra-chic dining area expertly blends country and contemporary styles for a look that's fun and trendy but lived-in and comfortable. A picnic-style dining table adorned with country-inspired centerpieces pairs with contemporary upholstered chairs. Funky glass and metal light fixtures add whimsy overhead.
The pool in the courtyard space of this Los Feliz home is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the filtered sunlight that flows through the trees in the evening. This gives poolgoers a break from the afternoon sun, while providing the perfect ambiance for an outdoor picnic.
The guest suite of the HGTV Dream Home 2012 offers its own private Juliet-style balcony, plus east-facing windows that stream light into the space. An antiqued steel and iron, marble-topped side table serves up refreshments picnic-style to complement the blue and white gingham carpeting.
The casual dining space in this transitional California kitchen features contemporary built-in cabinetry with a thick marble countertop. Large windows showcase the stunning Corinthian Island view, while translucent shades filter the sun's bright light. A bench at the long, picnic-style table is covered in a casual stripe.
The open concept kitchen in this updated cabin flows seamlessly into a dining area with a picnic-style table. A large island with barstool seating and pendant lighting provides the perfect spot for casual dining. Large windows allow natural light to fill the space, creating a bright, pleasant atmosphere.
Being a very narrow kitchen space, the goal was to make the kitchen and dining area as open to each other as possible while adding storage which was created in the wall behind the dining table. A pine picnic table works as a space saver and point of interest in this otherwise white kitchen.
A big picture window creates a sunny eat-in nook in this transitional California kitchen. The all-white cabinetry is sleek, modern and topped by thick-cut white marble. Tumbled tile underfoot gives the room a casual vibe, as does the striped fabric on the benches that accompany the picnic-style dining table.
A large, modern home is laid out with wings extending from a central, two-level main area. This creates a gorgeous courtyard area in the center of the residence. Free of adornment, the courtyard can be used for sports, picnics, parties -- just about anything!
Don't worry about fussy centerpieces for this informal picnic. Plop some seasonal flowers in a mason jar and scatter fall fruits, like small pears, and berries around the table. It's a little thing that adds a lot to the overall look of the table.
My favorite part of outdoor entertaining is creating a tablescape that tells a unique story.This Urban Picnic at my New York apartment is a blend of elements. I especially like the organic mix of natural materials and various finishes we used here, with textiles by Studio NYC and gold flatware by West Elm.
For a fall picnic, creating a cozy atmosphere is key. All of the eclectic elements-fuzzy textures like flannels and wools, serving up fall treats like apple cider and apple cider doughnuts-come together to create that coziness. If the space permits, a bonfire would be the icing on the coziness cake!
Whether you go for a hammock snooze or a family picnic, nothing compares with relaxing on your deck. Wood decking demands constant upkeep—scrubbing, bleaching and staining. Composite polymer decking, on the other hand, lasts longer, stays cooler to the touch and retains its color, all while capturing the warmth of wood. Better still, composite decking helps the environment, keeping about 30 pounds of plastic (usually milk jugs and shopping bags) out of landfills for every 20 feet of decking.
With a desire to host year-round soirees, these homeowners traded in their old picnic tables to create a one-of-a-kind outdoor dining oasis. The space's true focal point is the wooden gazebo at the far end of the yard next to a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs and a decorative stone wall. The grilling, cooking and dining area are all in one spot, making the grill-to-table transition an easy one.
Transistor radios used to be a must-have for picnics and the beach. Crosley’s Songbird Radio has a digital AM/FM tuner, or you can plug in an iPod, MP3 player or other portable audio device. It’s battery powered for use on the go, and comes with an AC adapter. There’s also a headphone jack so you can enjoy your disco tunes privately.
This friendly, low-key downtown market is a charming way to connect with locals and stock up on some foodie souvenirs. The Alpharetta Farmers' Market held Saturday mornings April-October features plenty of items to cobble together a little picnic or shop for some jams, homemade wares, candles and other items to take home with you. Better still, the downtown is ringed with locavore boutiques and restaurants to grab breakfast or lunch, or find unique home goods, art and apparel.
No special equipment or ingredients required to make these fun chicken salad sushi roll ups at home. Simply press out a piece of soft white bread (or let the kids smash it with their hands) on a large Swiss chard leaf, then top the bread with chicken salad, cucumber sticks and carrot sticks. Roll the “sushi” and slice into 1-inch pieces. These little sushi rolls are adorable for snack time, a picnic or packed in a lunchbox.
Always keep changes of weather in mind when packing, especially if you have long days outdoors planned. When packing for Memorial Day weekend, Trunk Club's Maggie Mee recommends some key pieces that are stylish and multi-functional. "For women, wide leg cropped pants serve as a trendy versatile base. You can pair them with a cami or knit tee. Fitted tops complement the wide pant leg. You might also think about swapping out dresses for jumpsuits this Memorial Day weekend. They're perfect for moving around a picnic and leave you feeling comfortable and carefree."
Explore this city of trees with a walk or bike ride through Alpharetta's Big Creek Greenway. Tote along a gourmet picnic lunch from Wildflour Cafe and gem-like pastries from Collet French Pastry Cafe or rent an electric bike from Pedego Alpharetta, a great way to keep older and younger riders on an even keel. The beauty of an electric bike, beyond the thrill factor, is you can go further and last longer, tackle hills with ease and then reward yourself with a stop at a local brewery along the way.