Easy ways to elevate your picnic

It’s picnic time here in Mi, and just like everything summer-related, I am here for it! Today, I am going to share easy ways to elevate your picnic.

Elevating your everyday picnic.

You are in luck today as I am joining several friends who are sharing all kinds of outdoor dining tips and inspiration. If you are visiting from Kristin’s at Red Arrows Home, a big warm welcome! So let’s get started.

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Easy ways to elevate your picnic

I start with a pretty blanket (or, in the case above, a throw) and some linen napkins. These don’t have to be fancy… simple white works well.

Real napkins tied with lavender.
Real napkins add an elevated touch.

Keep the food easy.

Your food can be easy and still be special. I like grabbing sandwiches from our favorite deli, which is quick and easy and cuts down on prep time. If I am not using real plates, these bamboo plates look pretty and are eco-friendly (and I love a square plate)!

Vintage suitcase elevates an everyday picnic with sandwiches.

If sandwiches aren’t your thing, try a simple charcuterie board. A picnic is a perfect place to serve one! Easy and elevated. Win-Win.

charcuterie board for picnic
Cheese crackers and some meats make for a snackable picnic.

Serve a special cocktail.

I love to serve drinks that can be prepared ahead of time for your picnic (remember, EASY is what we are going for). This White Wine Sangria (below) works well as can be made ahead of time.

Sangria in pitcher and glasses on picnic blanket.

If you are looking for something festive but non-acholic Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade is festive and easy.

Sparkling lemonade in glasses.

Comfortable Seating

I don’t know about you, but I am past the age where sitting on a beach blanket cuts it. I always toss a few cushions into my tote to enjoy my meal comfortably.

Elevated Picnic in the grass with vintage table
Cushions are easy to tote to a picnic

Floor pillows- are another cozy option.

Floor cushions on picnic blanket for easy seating.

Add some flowers. Flowers will add an elevated touch to your everyday picnic, whether a summer bouquet from the farmers’ market or a mixed bunch from the grocery store.


Music sets the mood! Bring a portable speaker to play your favorite tunes. We use this one and LOVE it.

Bluetooth speaker and woven bag.

Themed Picnics

Themed picnics can be fun! I planned a themed picnic when planning a surprise trip to Hawaii. It was a nice way to surprise my husband with the tickets. I can think of several themes I want to try. A Fiesta picnic with tacos? A Tailgate picnic?

Themed Luau picnic with a festive tablescape
Elevating the everyday picnic


S’mores are my go-to picnic dessert, and bringing a bowl or plate to arrange them on instantly elevates them (although S’mores are SO yummy, no one else will care)!

S'mores for easy picnic dessert

Those are my tips on elevating your picnic! Now let’s peek at what Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm is sharing today. And don’t forget to check out the rest of the outdoor dining inspiration.

All Things Outdoor Dining

Al Fresco Dining // My Sweet Savannah

How to Fashionably Bring Your Dining Room Outside This Summer // Dabbling and Decorating

How To Create An Easy Outdoor Table Setting // Cottage in the Mitten

A Casual and Easy Outdoor Summer Table Setting with Hydrangeas // Open Doors Open Hearts

Summer Honey-Themed Outdoor Dining // Tater Tots and Jello

Cozy And Casual Backyard Picnic Breakfast In The Backyard // Midwest Life and Style

Top 10 Best Dining Alfresco Table Ideas // The Pond’s Farmhouse

How to Set Up a Potato Bar for a Summer Dinner Party // Pasha is Home

Summer Dining on the Porch // White Arrows Home

Easy Ways to Elevate Your Picnic // A Life Unfolding

How to Set a Beautiful Table for High Tea // Peacock Ridge Farm

How to Create a Cottage Style Summer Table // Truemans Treasures

Until next time,


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  3. Libbie,
    These tips are perfect. Loved this post.

  4. Kylie says:

    What great and beautiful ideas! It was so fun hopping with you today!

  5. Jen says:

    So pretty, Libbie. I love your ideas. I need to know more about your picnic cart/table. It is stunning!!! 😍 Happy to be hopping with you. Pinned.

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    Libby, wow are these ideas so cute and they don’t look that complicated either. Beautiful photos!

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  8. Kim says:

    Being a fellow Michigander, I’m here for all the picnics too! Yours looks lovely! Happy to tour with you today!

  9. Pinned! I love all these ideas and your photography is beautiful!

  10. What a view! I love your rolling cart. Such a pretty place to have a picnic and great tips! I pinned it to my summer board to share 🙂


  11. Aliya says:

    So pretty Libbie!!! Your ideas are so wonderful! So glad to hop with you today!

  12. These are such great ideas Libbie! I love that you surprised your husband with a beach picnic in Hawaii ;)!

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