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Plan the Perfect Summer Picnic
Your checklist for an easy, elegant outdoor meal at the most romantic time of day.
Longer days and that fresh feeling of freedom that comes with the warmer months beckon us to fully enjoy spending our time outdoors. What better way to indulge in the best hours of the season than with a summer picnic at sunset? As the day progresses into the evening, the weather cools to the perfect... Keep Scrolling
Written by Kris Christensen
Photographed by Bret Gum
Styled by Kris Christensen & Sarah Jane Stone


Longer days and that fresh feeling of freedom that comes with the warmer months beckon us to fully enjoy spending our time outdoors. What better way to indulge in the best hours of the season than with a summer picnic at sunset? As the day progresses into the evening, the weather cools to the perfect temperature for relaxing with good company, delicious food and a glass of wine.

Outdoor picnic spread. Blanket covered in wine glasses, cheese and appetizers with sun setting in the background.
Choose your favorite cheeses and chill your favorite white wine or maybe even something sparkly, if you’re in the mood.

Where to Go for Your Summer Picnic

You don’t have to hike to a mountaintop overlook or lug your cooler to an overcrowded public park to enjoy a meal outside.

View overlooking hills and vineyards.
We fell in love with this hillside view of the rolling vineyards.

Ideally, the perfect summer picnic spot is easy to access, quiet and free of unwelcome critters. We picked a location in our local wine country, where rows of grapevines cover the rolling hills and glow under the setting sun.

Grape vineyards.
The ideal spot to lay out your blanket and set up shop.

This spot is not only private, but the pretty scenery is perfect for conversation.

Lovely shot of grapes growing from the vine.
What a lovely view for your wine-sipping pleasure.

What to Pack

  • Blanket: A picnic blanket is a must, and not just any old blanket will do. Your best bet will resist stains and spills, provide a clean and comfortable place to sit and enhance the atmosphere.
  • Pillows: We added plush pillows for extra comfort. These are also covered in weather-resistant fabric suited for outdoor use.
A cat sitting on a rock wall adjoined to a rustic wooden fence. A sprawling picnic set up on the ground below.
A regal kitty may even join in on the festivities.
  • Dishware: Melamine offers a lightweight and reusable alternative to flimsy paper products. These plates and bowls are also pretty to look at and come in a multitude of attractive colors and patterns!
  • A Carry-All: A picnic basket may be the best known go-to, but we went for a lightweight wooden crate instead. Once empty of necessities, it can be turned upside-down as a makeshift table and a sturdy spot to keep food off the ground. A tray also helped in this same way.
  • Food and Drink: It’s possible to dispense with all the pretty or convenient trappings and still have a picnic as long as you’ve got something good to eat and drink. We prepared a wine and cheese course, complete with our favorite fruits and an assortment of nuts.

Looking for more summer fun inspiration? Tour this cozy and inviting screened-in porch, perfect for summer entertaining or check out this Bohemian Summer Soiree.

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