The Good Life

Photography by Create + Gather
picnic

Transform an ordinary picnic into a special occasion.

PICNIC SEASON HAS ARRIVED! Time to savor the finer things in life: sunshine, cool breezes and good food shared with loved ones. With a little effort, you can elevate your alfresco meal into a truly memorable experience, one you’ll want to repeat all summer long. For starters, leave the paper napkins and disposable plates at home and opt instead for cheerful cloth napkins or tea towels and real dishes. Utilize cutting boards and bowls in various shapes and sizes to serve food. Don’t have a picnic basket? A market tote works just as well. Invest in an insulated bottle to keep your wine chilled. And don’t forget fresh flowers, which brighten every occasion.

FROM SILT WINE COMPANY: Wine growler, $30

FROM IKEA: Yellow and white Sommar dish towels, $2.99 for two, and Sevärd tablecloth, $19.99

FROM CHEF’S MERCANTILE: Market tote, $27.99, oval plate, $9.99, stamped plate, $8.99, blue pakka spoon, $8.99, navy terra-cotta bowl, $9.99, and Q-Tee cutting board, $9.99

FROM THE KITCHEN TABLE: Avenue woven placemat, $8, Aster bowl (nuts), $6, Fiona bowl (tomatoes), $5.50, bamboo spork, $11, and yellow cheese knife, $11

From West Elm: Blue-and-white Half Moon napkins, $24 for four, and Edge marble-and-terrazzo serving board, $39

Styled by Kristen Hutson