There’s nothing like dining alfresco to usher in the summer season and relish the warm weather. Ahead, our simple guide to planning a chic, yet laid-back picnic this Memorial Day and beyond.
Select the time and place:
Whether your location of choice is your local park, the beach or lake, or your own backyard, designate a spot where you can bask in the sunshine but that also provides shaded areas you can retreat to. You can’t go wrong with making it a brunchtime affair, an afternoon delight, or an evening fête.
Create an elevated aesthetic and ambiance:
Pack the essentials to set the scene, such as a durable outdoor blanket or a versatile, sophisticated throw, a few pillows, fresh flowers, a stylish picnic basket, elegant glassware and utensils, and serving trays.
Plan your menu:
For an effortless picnic experience, choose outdoor-friendly fare that is not only appetizing, but also easy to eat and clean up after. Consider finger foods and shareable dishes, like charcuterie, chicken and vegetable skewers, and pasta or fruit salads. As for drinks, opt for easily portable drinks like lemonade, iced tea, sangria, or a spritzer.