This past weekend was beautifully sunny and mild, which made it the perfect occasion for a picnic.

As an Instagrammer/blogger, I am always looking to create beautiful photos.

Picnics always make for gorgeous and fun photos, so I’ve put together a few tips on how to create a picture-perfect picnic!

The setting

First things first, you’ll need to choose a pretty setting. If you’re having your picnic next to a bunch of cars, that picture is going to be less dreamy than a setting in nature.

I like having open skies in my photos because I love seeing shades of blue on my blog and Instagram feed.

I decided on Williams Park for a few reasons:

  • it features an open sky
  • it is near water (water is always gorgeous in photos!)
  • we had only ever been there once
  • it is a scenic park in general

With a pretty bridge and open fields, Williams Park is located in the heart of the Highland Park neighborhood and offers a pretty lake view.

It was also key because of its proximity to our place- you don’t want to drive too far or your food can get cold!

The meal

We had just received a bunch of pre-made meals from Freshly, an awesome company that ships fresh, delicious, and nutritious meals straight to your door.

We’d been eating them for dinner all week (easiest dinner ever!!), but I realized they would be perfect for a picnic!

All you have to do is heat them up in the microwave and insulate them to keep them warm.

I decided to “make” (aka heat up) the turkey meal and the meatloaf meal. They were absolutely fantastic!

The turkey is paired with sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts, while the meatloaf is complemented by mashed cauliflower and peas.

We paired our Freshly meals with some Brie cheese, gluten free crackers, raspberries, and strawberries. We brought a bottle of wine and some juices as well.

What to bring

So how do you make a picture perfect picnic?

It is not just about the food. In fact, that’s even a pretty small portion of it.

You need to look at the broader picture. I’ll break this into more details:

Your color scheme

You can see in my photos that I chose blues, whites, and tans. Imagine if the flowers here were bright purple. That wouldn’t really go with the overall look. Or picture me wearing a yellow dress. The yellow would clash with the grass and stones.

Your overall vibe

You hopefully get a romantic vibe from these photos (because that’s what I was going for!).

When you have a theme, vibe, or goal for a photo, that should dictate what items you choose for your picnic.

For example, with a romantic theme, I chose baby’s breath flowers, a simple white picnic blanket, a boater hat, and wore a flowery skirt.

If you were wanting a fun and whimsical theme, you might have a more colorful blanket, bright yellow flowers, etc.

The non-food objects

You’ll need a few objects to make your picnic more aesthetically pleasing than just food on plates on a blanket. Here’s what I chose and why:

  • flowers- for my romantic theme
  • a tray- because it’s practical when eating food!
  • picnic basket- if you have one, it completes your picnic look
  • sides- to complement my main dishes, I chose a few sides to arrange on my blanket
  • cloth napkins- they are much prettier than paper napkins and my blue matched my color scheme
  • white dishes- I decided to use all white dishes to go with my color scheme
  • the wine bottle- adds romance
  • our outfits- both shades of pale blue to match the sky

I hope that helps you plan your next picnic! And of course, you don’t have to be as Type A as I am! Have fun with it and enjoy the art of creating something pretty!

Comment below if you have any questions or other suggestions!

When was the last time you went on a picnic?




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