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How to Style a Pinterest-Perfect Picnic

By: Sarah Beaumont

July 30, 2015

Picnics are highly underrated in our book. Honestly though, what sounds better than spending a gorgeous day at the park or on the beach surrounded by food, drinks and friends? That’s right, not much. Whether you create a fun memory, end up with a killer collection of Instagram and Pinterest-ready photos or even win someone’s hand in marriage (picnics are that magical, people), a lot of good can come from a perfectly planned picnic.

Our fabulous in-house designer Jessica Today is a little picnic-obsessed (for good reason), and she put together a picnic so picturesque, everyone at the park wanted to join in!

Read on so you can steal this look and plan your own perfect picnic! 


When putting together the perfect picnic you want to make sure you have all your bases covered. First Jessica sought out a nice nearby park to lay down her choice picnic blanket. Keep in mind that the blanket is the base so you’ll probably want to coordinate the rest of your picnic decor with it. We chose one in striped neutrals and pastel tones with and a slightly worn feel to soften the rest of the picnic decor.

Back and bottom support is necessary when you’re dining on the ground and pillows kind of have a way of pulling the whole ‘perfect picnic’ look together. Jessica chose nautical stripes, navy, and pretty pastel cushions to pair with the blanket.

Obviously no picnic is complete without the food…


Delicious sandwiches prepared on ciabatta are always a good go-to. Pair them with grapes or your fruit of choice on a simple melamine tray.


Fresh-squeezed lemonade is a picnic must. Pour it into colorful plastic glasses for a festive look with no risk of broken glass. Since your food and drink won’t be sitting on a solid surface, a serving tray is much-needed. Plop a few reusable ice cubes (this way you don’t have to deal with the mess of melted ice) and a fun straw into your cup, add a bouquet of fresh blooms on the side, and you have a look that’s made for Pinterest.


A baguette paired with cheese, meat, and frosted utensils will make you feel like you’re picnicking in the capital of all picnics: Paris.


Make sure to finish it off with dessert!


If you’re going to be lounging around all day it’s smart to pack easy outdoor activities like croquet to keep everyone entertained. You should also bring an extra blanket in case your party grows or it starts to get chilly. If you lose track of time and you’re suddenly picnicking in the dark, charming lanterns will keep your party well-lit. Carry all your extra goods in a rustic crate and your picnic will look complete.


Put it all together, blast some summer jams from a cute, portable speaker and you’ve officially created the perfect Pinterest-worthy picnic.

Get the look:

Set of 3 Wood Crates

via Sears

via Sears

Maine Coast Croquet Boat and Tote

Stacking Acrylic Wine Glasses

Ralph Lauren Cable Cashmere Decorative Pillow

Striped Pillow

Canaan Tilework Pillow

Indoor/Outdoor Lantern

via IKEA

via IKEA

Jelli Clear Flatware

Coral Striped Vintage Paper Straws

Enamelware Plates

via Williams-Sonoma

via Williams-Sonoma

Bamboo Fabric Throw Blanket

Sora Acrylic Pitcher

xoxo, Laurel & Wolf

photos by Nick O’Neil, styling by Jessica Today. 

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