1. The Classic Picnic
For me the classic picnic is one of two types of themes:
a simple outing served up with a blanket, pillows and cushions, a picnic basket, and food or
a family gathering or reunion where tables are pulled together, an assortment of tablecloths and lots and lots of food. For family gatherings, unless catered, everyone brings something. In our family, it was not unusual to have multiple servings of potatoes salad in various bowls and offering a variety of flavors or fried chicken and biscuits, one made by Aunt Dorothy and another by grandma Nora. Cornbread and biscuits were piled high. Not to worry because every table had at least one platter filled with a variety of breads. Funny, how there was never enough homemade ice cream!!
What is really special about the classic picnic or rather what I call family gatherings is the wonderful mix of everything from table setting to food. The event is not scripted. Even invites were made via word of mouth on a telephone. Sometimes, these events were just impromptu events served up as pot luck and fun.
2. A Soirée Picnic by Kara Allen, “Boho Midsummer Nights Soirée “
What’s a soirée? It’s a French word meaning an evening party. But it’s one that is on the classy side, no blue jeans and tee shirts for this party. Lady guests for this lovely event dressed in colorful Indian saris. They were treated to piles of plush pillows and rugs; a beautiful display of food and place settings; and, more excitingly, tall candle-lit silver candelabras. The setting is beautifully grounded on wood pallets. What an interesting and fun contrast!
Here’s how Ms. Allen created this fabulous event. Click on the link above to get over to her site and learn more:
3. Picnic Movie Night by Erica from Honestly Yum
What an absolutely fabulous idea! My only caveat is to be careful not to disturb the neighbors. Or better yet, invite them over. This picnic “Our Inaugural Outdoor Movie Night” offers so much fun and reminiscent of outdoor drive-in theaters. This picnic movie night was particularly designed for the parents and children with a delightful serving of popcorn, milk, and even Chobani yogurt.
Items used are an outdoor projection screen, movie projector, lots of thick cushions, and pillows on rugs. Check out her website for where the items were purchased.
4. Beach theme picnic
A beach picnic can be very simple with just a blanket, pillows and food. It can be more elaborate with the addition of a type of cover, such as an umbrella, and wood pallete(s) or a small table.
5. Picnic on a boat
For all you boat lovers, surely you have or you certainly should have had a picnic on a boat! All the picnic paraphernalia apply, you just need a boat. You don’t even have to put it on the water, near it or just in the backyard. Here are some great examples to inspire you.
6. Picnic on a pick-up truck (flatbed truck or hatch back car)
Make this picnic a romantic one or just one for a great tête-à-tête with your best friend. The fun part of a picnic on a pick-up truck is that you can have in a driveway or take a lovely long drive in the countryside or next to a lake or even a beach.
OMG! What a lovely way to spend a day out in the fall and enjoy its colors via a picnic from a hatch-back car.
7. Open-field picnic
First, you really want to be careful and not trespass on private property. So a good place to start would be a public park or a fishing spot open to the public or near a river. I call this open-field because it’s total emersion in nature.
Finally, would you consider a picnic on a park bench a theme?
Perhaps if you visited different benches or parks? Still, it’s all in fun and just clean pleasure.
Don’t forget the picnic checklist:
large comfy pillows and cushions
picnic basket or very large beach bag
melinite table setting
melinite cups or wine goblets
plastic forks that washable and reusable
menu (make or buy the food)
drinks and water (designated driver if having wine)
Some items are really essential. And of course, you may want to add to the list for that very special theme outing.
I certainly hope you were inspired to try a theme picnic. At the very least, a picnic.
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