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20 Ideas for 3 Perfect Picnics

The perfect picnic starts with a great location and the perfect picnic basket. From there the sky’s the limit. I’ve picked three fun picnic themes (afternoon tea, wine and cheese and the beach) and found the perfect picnic accessories for each. Start your summer relaxing off prepared to take advantage of any and all picnic opportunities.


  • An afternoon tea party 1 of 22
    An afternoon tea party
    is the perfect excuse for a picnic!
  • Picnic Basket 2 of 22
    Picnic Basket
    This basket is the foundation for every picnic.
    Available here from Crate and Barrel for $40.
  • Afternoon Tea Large Plates 3 of 22
    Afternoon Tea Large Plates
    Romantic paper plates? If there is such a thing, these plates in rose and gold would be top of the list.
    Available here from Sweet Lulu, $5 for 12.
  • Tea Cups 4 of 22
    Tea Cups
    A necessity for a proper afternoon tea.
    Available here from Sweet Lulu, $5 for 12.
  • Mason Jar Lids 5 of 22
    Mason Jar Lids
    Pack your drinks in the ubiquitous mason jar, then break out these cute lids when you arrive.
    Available here from Sweet Lulu, $5 for 6.
  • Sweet Rose Tablecloth 6 of 22
    Sweet Rose Tablecloth
    Every picnic needs a lovely tablecloth.
    Available here from Sweet Lulu, $40.
  • Treat Sticks 7 of 22
    Treat Sticks
    Perfect for serving little cakes and other sweets.
    Available here from Sweet Lulu, $6 for 12.
  • Bunting 8 of 22
    Bunting
    Take a moment to define your space and decorate the trees.
    Available here from Sweet Lulu, $20.
  • Doilies 9 of 22
    Doilies
    Placing everything on a doily adds the perfect tea party style.
    Available here from Sweet Lulu, $2.50 for 20.
  • Wine and cheese are 10 of 22
    Wine and cheese are
    classic picnic offerings. Here's what you need for your summer events.
  • Appetizer Plates 11 of 22
    Appetizer Plates
    These botanical plates in sturdy melamine are fancy enough for Ravinia.
    Available here from Madhouse, $15.
  • Twig Cutlery 12 of 22
    Twig Cutlery
    An upgrade from the standard plastic, but still picnic friendly.
    Available here from Madhouse, $6 for 12 piece set.
  • Juniper Picnic Blanket 13 of 22
    Juniper Picnic Blanket
    Watercolor strokes in teal with a carrying strap for ease.
    Available here from Crate and Barrel, $45.
  • Folding Cheese Board 14 of 22
    Folding Cheese Board
    Present your cheese with style. With magnets to make sure the knives stay put while traveling.
    Available here from World Market for $39.
  • Acrylic Wine Glass 15 of 22
    Acrylic Wine Glass
    Make wine serving simple, these stack for transport.
    Available here from Crate and Barrel, $4.
  • Spend the day at the beach 16 of 22
    Spend the day at the beach
    well prepared with the perfect picnic basket.
  • Bright Melamine Plates 17 of 22
    Bright Melamine Plates
    Charming and durable, perfect for the beach.
    Available here from Sweet Lulu, $12.50/set.
  • Drink Dispenser 18 of 22
    Drink Dispenser
    It's hot at the beach, prepare to stay hydrated.
    Available here from Pottery Barn, $60.
  • Mini-Condiment Servers 19 of 22
    Mini-Condiment Servers
    So cute. Perfect for the beach or the backyard.
    Available here from World Market for $2.
  • Berry Basket 20 of 22
    Berry Basket
    Serve your berries just like the farmer's market.
    Available here from Sweet Lulu, $5 for 10.
  • Beach Blanket 21 of 22
    Beach Blanket
    A necessity, this one from West Elm packs extra style.
    Available here from West Elm, $49.
  • Chevron Napkins 22 of 22
    Chevron Napkins
    Avoid paper and pack cute reusable napkins.
    Available here from World Market, $16 for four.

• Nicole Balch writes daily about living a stylish life and transforming the so-so on her blog, Making it Lovely. Catch up with all of Nicole’s other Family Style posts right here on Babble.

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