Elements of a Perfect Summer Picnic

Sweet summertime: the days are longer, the afternoons more carefree, the sunshine more radiant and gives way to the perfect summer glow. Every year I try to steal away for an afternoon picnic- whether it’s a crowded Saturday afternoon in Piedmont, or retreating to a secluded riverside nook, picnicking enables me to do my favorite things: eating and reading outside. 

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Photographed and styled for Points North Magazine’s June Issue

4 Essentials for a Perfect Summer Picnic


Roomy Picnic Blanket. 

The picnic blanket serves dual purposes: it’s your base outlining the perimeter of “your space” versus your neighbors and it’s the table and chairs of your outdoor dining experience. Therefore it needs to be large enough for a crowd and comfortable enough to lounge the afternoon away on. 

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Sturdy Picnic  Basket

If you find yourself with recurring picnic outings, go ahead and make the investment into a decent picnic basket. If you’re lucky enough to find some vintage ones with full cutlery and plates inside, snag it. Investing once in one good one should last you decades to come. 

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Quick Assemble Snacks

My go to picnic supplies are chicken salad, some sort of dip and savory cracker, fruit, and I’ll potentially tuck away something sweet in the basket as well. I sourced all of these items from Lucy’s Market in Buckhead and have completely fallen in love with this Georgia sourdough crackers. It’s a staple in my household now! 

Nibbles worth the Splurge

Canned Rosé

If you’re going to waste the afternoon away with libations in the park, most parks don’t allow glass containers so canned everything comes in handy. I’m a big fan of this RUZA rosé, however, my next picnic will be christened with this spiked seltzer

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Author: Cynthia

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