13 Tips for the Perfect Picnic From Our In-House Curator

13 Tips for the Perfect Picnic From Our In-House Curator

Outdoor Entertaining in Style

The Perfect Picnic with Blankets and Dinnerware and Pillows and Flowers

As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, there's nothing quite as delightful as a picnic in the great outdoors. Whether you're planning a romantic date or a fun-filled family gathering, a picnic can be a wonderful way to relax, unwind, and enjoy the beauty of nature. But what does it take to host the most enviable and memorable picnic ever? In this article, we'll share some tips and tricks to help you elevate your picnic game and create an experience that your guests will never forget. Here are our tips for creating the most elegant picnic table setting and hosting experience.

  1. Choose the Right Tableware

When it comes to tableware, opt for elegant yet practical pieces. Avoid using disposable plates and cups, and instead, invest in reusable dishes that are both beautiful and functional. Look for plates and bowls made of melamine, and choose glassware that is sturdy and easy to clean.

Melamine Dinnerware from Maison and Tavola

For a touch of elegance, consider adding a tablecloth or table runner to your picnic table. Choose a fabric that is easy to clean and won't easily blow away in the wind.

Dahlia Flowery Floral Table Runner at Maison and Tavola in Orange, Pink, and Yellow

  1. Create a Centerpiece


A beautiful centerpiece can elevate your picnic table from ordinary to extraordinary. Consider using fresh flowers or greenery as your centerpiece, or opt for a rustic touch with a wooden tray filled with candles or lanterns. Jan Barboglio designs a number of lovely vessels, vases, and decanters perfect for creating the perfect outdoor centerpiece.

Jan Barboglio Centerpiece Ideas for Outdoor Entertianing

If you're feeling crafty, you can even create your own centerpiece using items found in nature, such as pinecones, acorns, and branches.

  1. Offer a Variety of Foods

When planning your picnic menu, be sure to offer a variety of foods that will appeal to all of your guests. Consider including a mix of sweet and savory dishes, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.


Picnic with Basket Bread Fruit and Dessert

To keep your food fresh and cool, invest in a high-quality container or insulated bag. Be sure to pack plenty of ice packs to keep your food at a safe temperature. We recommend insulating a classic picnic basket or an easily carried tote

Picnic Basket from Maison and Tavola

  1. Don't Forget the Entertainment

No picnic is complete without a little bit of entertainment. Consider bringing along a deck of cards or board game to play with your guests, or bring a frisbee or ball for a game of catch.

Backgammon Game Set for Picnic Entertainment at Maison and Tavola

If you're hosting a family gathering, consider setting up a craft or activity station for the kids. This will keep them entertained while the adults enjoy their food and conversation.

Kids love outdoor entertaining too - girl at picnic with shocked smile

  1. Create a DIY Lemonade Bar

A refreshing drink is a must-have for any picnic, and a DIY lemonade bar can add a fun and interactive element to your gathering. Set up a table with pitchers of lemonade, along with bowls of fresh fruit, herbs, and syrups. Acrylic drinkware is perfect for this. Guests can mix and match ingredients to create their own unique flavor combinations.

Lemonade Bar featuring Acrylic Goblets by Juliska at Maison and Tavola

  1. Offer a Variety of Seating Options

While traditional picnic blankets are a classic choice, offering a variety of seating options can make your guests feel more comfortable. Consider setting up a mix of picnic tables, folding chairs, and even floor cushions for a cozy and relaxed vibe.

Pillows for a Picnic

  1. Provide Bug Spray and Sunscreen

Nothing can ruin a picnic faster than pesky bugs and sunburns. Be a thoughtful host by providing bug spray and sunscreen for your guests. You can even set up a small station with these essentials, along with some extra hats and sunglasses for those who forgot to bring their own.

  1. Create a Scavenger Hunt

For a fun and interactive activity, create a scavenger hunt for your guests. Hide small items around your picnic area, such as seashells, pinecones, or even small toys. Provide guests with a list of clues and let them search for the items. This is a great way to get everyone up and moving, and can even turn into a friendly competition.

Picnic in Style - Elegant Setting for Outdoor Entertaining with Flowers
  1. Offer Homemade Treats

Homemade treats are always a crowd-pleaser, and they add a personal touch to your picnic. Consider baking a batch of cookies or brownies, or even making your own dips and spreads. A cake stand will add a touch of elegance, and your guests will appreciate the effort you put into making something special for them.

Simon Pearce Hartland Cakeplate at Maison and Tavola

  1. Set the Mood with Music

Music can set the tone for your picnic and create a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere. Create a playlist of your favorite songs or opt for a streaming service that offers pre-made playlists for outdoor gatherings. Just be sure to keep the volume at a reasonable level so as not to disturb other park-goers.

Picnic Set to Perfection in a Beautiful Field

  1. Provide Blankets or Shawls

Even on warm summer days, the temperature can drop once the sun goes down. Providing blankets or shawls for your guests can keep them warm and cozy throughout the evening. Plus, they can add a touch of style to your picnic setup.

Picnic Blanket at Maison and Tavola

  1. Use Fresh Flowers as Decor

Fresh flowers can add a pop of color and fragrance to your picnic setup. Opt for flowers that are in season and arrange them in vases or jars on your picnic table. You can even create small bouquets to give to your guests as a party favor.

Kim Seybert Floral Decor at Maison and Tavola
  1. Offer a DIY S'mores Bar
S'mores Perfect for a Picnic in Grid

S'mores are a classic picnic dessert, and a DIY s'mores bar can add a fun and interactive element to your gathering. Set up a table with graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate, along with some skewers or roasting sticks. Guests can create their own s'mores and enjoy them around the campfire or fire pit.



With a little bit of planning and creativity, you can transform your picnic into a truly unforgettable experience. From delicious homemade treats to fun lawn games, there are countless ways to make your outdoor gathering special and unique. So grab your picnic basket, pack some sunscreen, and get ready to host the most enviable and memorable picnic ever. Your guests will thank you for it, and you'll create memories that will last a lifetime.


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Picnic Dinnerware at Maison and Tavola including Melamine Plates

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