With outdoor dining the hot-right-now culinary trend, picnicking has become the new dinner party.  If you’re going to host a picnic do it in such high-end style, that even the most domestic of goddesses will be impressed. From choosing the perfect basket to curating the ultimate menu and planning your picnic outfit, the details matter.  Enjoy our guide to mastering the art of the luxury picnic. 

Statement Basket

First things first, it’s all about the picnic basket. We love this super cute wicker basket from SunnyLife which comes complete with a chic fabric cover, shoulder strap, and external wine bottle holder – priorities.  Inside you’ll find four sets of stainless steel cutlery, plates, wine glasses, a bottle opener, and a foldable wooden table that doubles as a cutting board.  

Chic Mat

The best thing about picnicking is the freedom to kick off your shoes and feel the grass or sand between your toes. That said, just like a table needs a tablecloth, a picnic needs a chic mat or luxe blanket to lounge on. This sand and waterproof herringbone wool blend picnic blanket is just the ticket for every setting and season.

Cute Plates (and platters)

Even if your picnic basket comes with all the essentials, elevate your offerings by adding your own style signature. L’entramise is our go-to brand for super stylish, disposable plates, and platters. Made from recyclable plastic, they are designed to evoke the shape and durability of china and stoneware.

Glam Glasses

You don’t want to pack actual glasses, but you do want to invest in good disposable glassware. For a pop of glam, we love these elegant champagne glasses and tumblers with a rose gold rim. 

Sleek Silverware

Your choice of cutlery is also part of your success. Make an elevated statement with silver, gold, or rose gold disposable flatwareEco-friendly wood or bamboo cutlery is another great option that’s chic and classic. 

The Perfect Picnic Menu Curated By Perfect Picnic NYC 

Image Courtesy of Perfect Picnic NYC

“There’s a certain magic involved when it comes to creating a picnic menu and the most important thing to ensure is that you choose fresh food that will travel well, so you can throw it in your basket and it will taste good from beginning to the end.  Keep the menu simple, classic, and full of fresh whole foods. Our signature is nice crisp salads with more hearty greens like romaine and kale, as arugula doesn’t travel so well.  Baguettini sandwiches filled with cured meats like salami or veggie options.  Our goat cheese with fig jam and sharp cheddar with apple saffron jam are easy and really popular.  A local cheese platter with Italian meats is always a winner, and go for brownies, cookies, or cupcakes for dessert. Embrace the return of boxed wine as its discreet, transportable and delicious, I love Bridge Lane Wines.”  Wendy Weston, founder of Perfect Picnic NYC, creators of luxe picnic experiences in Central Park and the Hamptons. 

The Perfect Picnic Outfit Curated By A Top Stylist

New York-based stylist and consultant and former fashion director of Conde Nast Traveler, Sarah Meikle, curates the perfect picnic look. “When it comes to the dress code, think casual but still polished and put together. There are two ways you can go.  High waisted shorts with a tucked-in blue oxford and sandals. Or a cute jumpsuit or flirty maxi dress, accessorized with layered gold necklaces, and chic flats or slides. Add a basket bag, sunglasses, and a hat.” 

The Perfect Picnic Checklist

Before setting out for the park or beach, make sure you’ve packed these picnic essentials. 

  • Parasol:  An umbrella is the one thing Wendy of Perfect Picnics NYC says not to leave home without. Well, that and a wagon if you want to make picnic life easier.
  • Camera: Capture the moment and all your hard work old school with a retro disposable camera.
  • Sunscreen:  Don’t forget the sunscreen, we’re fans of SuperGoop Glow Screen, SPF40, which not only protects your skin, it gives it that tropical beach vacay glow.
  • Mask:  In this era of social distancing – masks are the accessory du jour. Stay safe and chic with these masks by Second Wind
  • Playlist: DJ California Star curated the Perfect Summer Picnic playlist for Travel Curator which she says pairs perfectly with a bottle of rosé, sunshine, and good vibes. Check out the line-up featuring a little Beatles, Tame Impala, and Poolside here on Spotify. 

Call in the Picnic Experts

If you prefer to leave the picnic planning to the experts, turn to Pop Up Picnic Co in LA and Perfect Picnic in NYC and The Hamptons.  

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