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Everything You Need to Know to Have a Fun Fall Picnic

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Blue and black plaid blanket on the ground next to water with a picnic basket, some snacks, a pillow and another throw blanket

It’s the perfect time for a picnic and I’m sharing with you everything you need to know to have a fun fall picnic.

The weather is cooling down a bit which makes it a perfect time for a picnic. If you don’t have a picnic basket you can pack your food and drinks in a cooler and head to a fun spot for a meal.

Take a break from your fall decorating and get outside!

Blue and Black plaid blanket with picnic basket. On the picnic basket is a book, flowers and a candle. Next to the basket is a wooden board with cheese, crackers and grapes

1. Where to Go

  • A park is a great place for a picnic, especially if you have kids and there is playground equipment
  • The beach or waterfront area can be a fun place to swim or fish
  • If your a hiker a place off a trail can be a perfect place to have a fall picnic
  • Urban spaces can be fun. Think of museum grounds, roof tops, a town square or urban garden.
  • The Zoo – Bringing a picnic to the zoo makes for a really fun day
  • A botanical garden
  • Your own backyard, balcony or deck

Eating outside is just a fun change of pace for anyone. If it’s with a group or just by yourself, there is something to be said for eating a meal in a different environment and bringing your own food can save some money. However, if you want to splurge, getting a salad or sandwich as take-out can be just as fun.

Black and Blue Plaid Blanket in a field with a picnic basket, snacks, a book and a throw.  Everything you need for a fun fall picnic

2. What to Bring

  • Picnic Basket or cooler with ice
  • Something to sit on if they don’t have picnic tables. A picnic blanket or bag chair are perfect.
  • Food & Drinks
  • Plates, glassware, utensils, napkins, corkscrews, cutting board & knife
  • Bug Spray, Sunscreen & Sunglasses
  • Trash Bag, Wipes & Paper Towels

3. Fun Picnic Food

  • Salad
  • Sandwich
    • Italian Sub
    • Turkey, Cranberry & Brie
    • Caprese Sandwich
    • Pimento Cheese Sandwich
    • Turkey, Roasted Red Pepper & Cheese
  • Picnic Charcuterie
    • Meats: Salami, Turkey, Priscuotto,
    • Cheeses: Cheedar, Goat Cheese, Manchango, Swiss
    • Crackers: Gluten Free, Pretzel, Flavored
    • Nuts & Fruit: Almonds, Dried Cranberries, Grapes
    • Veggies & Dip: Carrots, Celery, Asparagus Tips, Peppers
  • Fried Chicken & Fixings
  • Grilling Food if you have access to a grill or bring a small grill with you (be sure to check fire restrictions in your area)
  • Drinks
  • Desserts
    • Apple Pie
    • Pumpkin Cookies
    • Carmel Cheesecake
    • Double Chocolate Cookie Bark
    • Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

4. Picnic Entertainment

  • Music Venue (We live very near Ravinia)
  • Lawn Games (Bags, Frisbee, Football)
  • Board Games (Chess, Backgammon, Candyland)
  • Water Sports (Floaties, Fishing Pole, floating lounge, life jackets)
  • Play List on Phone
  • Book, Newspaper, Magazine
  • Scavenger Hunt (leave, nuts, feather, rock)
  • Listen to a Podcast – Did you know that Emma and I have a Podcast. You can read about it HERE

5. Take it to the Next Level

  • Candelabra or lantern (battery operated candles is the best idea)
  • Champagne in a Wine Bucket with beautiful glassware
  • Linen tablecloth & napkins
  • Uber eats delivers a high end dinner
  • Romantic location; secluded beach or amazing view, place you met or went on a date
  • Ways to Travel: Boat, Bike, Rent a vintage car, Horseback, Limosine,
  • Make the adventure a surprise!

Picnics can be so much fun even if it is in your backyard and I have given you everything you need to have a fun fall picnic.

Picture taken of our backyard looking at our house with the blue sky in the background

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Remember it doesn’t have to be lunch. While we typically think of picnics as a lunchtime ritual. It can be dinner or even bagels & cream cheese for breakfast. Just making time to enjoy the great outdoors is fun.

I hope I’ve provided you with everything you need to know to have a fun fall picnic. Get out there and enjoy this amazing fall weather.

Peace,

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