Summer Picnics

Dine alfresco with these stylish ideas

A warm sunny day, a great location and excellent company are all you really need for a successful picnic outing. For some of us, a picnic has come to mean little more than a deli sandwich eaten outdoors, but with just a little effort, you, too, can create a memorable experience. Pack up and head to your favorite beach, park or even stay in your own backyard; add simple yet indulgent foods, a basket and blanket, and you’re set. Bellevue Lifestyle partnered with West Elm Bellevue and PCC Community Markets to put together three themes to make your picnic a success. For more ideas visit PCCMarkets.com and WestElm.com

1. Family Style

A picnic provides an easy way to spend time with family with the perfect combo of eating, relaxing, playing and talking. Finger foods, plastic dishware, a large basket and a comfortable blanket make for a great day for all ages. Bring a book, lawn games or portable speakers to add to the fun.

 

Details

Xenia Taler Bamboo Dinner Plates, $12 each, WestElm.com

Mid-Century Patterned Glassware, $8 each West Elm

Spiral Salad Servers, $29, West Elm

Striped Pop Edge Throw, $39, West Elm

Two-Tone Woven Baskets, $54, West Elm

2. Date Night

Skip the restaurant and create your own intimate setting with a date-night picnic — bonus points if you manage to catch the sunset! A picnic date is often underrated and can easily be one of the most romantic and thoughtful types of dates because you can customize everything — from the food and drink to the location. Pick your favorite view, and bring your coziest blanket. Keep the food simple — a nice charcuterie board, fresh fruit and rustic bread make for a beautiful spread. Top it off with a nice bottle wine — don’t forget the corkscrew!

 

Details

Star Shaped Wood Serving Bowls, $49, WestElm.com

Solid Basketweave Throw, $79, WestElm.com

Woven Seagrass Baskets, $59, WestElm.com

Wood + Rope Lanterns, $49-$129, WestElm.com

3. Brunch

Picnics are for any time of day, and we often forget that a breakfast picnic is one of the easiest and most beautiful to put together. Skip the meat and eggs, and do as the French do by dining on pastries and fresh fruit. Pack a thermos of your favorite coffee or just hot water for tea. And who doesn’t love a mimosa? Change it up by mixing sparkling wine with grapefruit or pineapple juice. Enjoy a leisurely morning over good conversation and good food — just as it should be.

 

Details

Colorblock Pop Edge Throw, $39, WestElm.com

Lacquer Trays – Round, $54, WestElm.com

Xenia Taler Bamboo Dinner Plates $12 each, WestElm.com

Frayed Edged Napkins (Set of 4), $19, WestElm.com

Rose Gold Flatware, $39-$399, WestElm.com