Inspiring Ideas for Decorating a Picnic

Would you like to relax after a long day or week? In this article, we'll show you some ideas to decorate a picnic and make it special.
Inspiring Ideas for Decorating a Picnic

Last update: 25 January, 2020

Decorating a picnic is a fun activity that may help you relax and focus on enjoying and spending time outdoors with people you love. On top of this, it can help clear your mind of everyday obligations. To help inspire you, we’ll be sharing some ideas.

First of all, keep in mind that you can incorporate more or fewer elements depending on the location you want to hold the picnic at. For example, it’s not the same to hold a picnic in your backyard than on the beach, so it’s important to keep this in mind.

We all know that picnics are a great way to reunite with those we love. A special occasion is not necessary to plan one out. However, they’re incredible when they’re used to commemorate a specific celebration spontaneously and uniquely. When it comes to decorating a picnic, it can always be adapted to personal tastes.

Different styles for decorating a picnic

The typical elements of a picnic.

For decorating a picnic, you must first consider the place where you want to hold it. Therefore, you must analyze the space, the ground, and the number of people that will attend.

In addition to this, you can add different decorative and functional elements depending on the style you want to follow. In this way, you’ll create a unique and comfortable atmosphere. Also, you should consider the star elements: crockery, textiles, cushions, blankets and, of course, the food.

The different styles we give below will give you an idea of how you’d like to decorate a picnic. Don’t hesitate to play with the details that attract your attention! Let’s see what they are.

A vintage-styled floor picnic

A wicker basket on top of a beige blanket.

If you want to be in direct contact with nature, the ideal would be to forget the furniture and rely on blankets. You could also lay a tablecloth or a carpet, whichever you prefer. Of course, make sure that the space you choose to eat is as flat as possible. Otherwise, it may be awkward to sit down.

Also, you can get individual carpets for each one of your guests. This will give more originality to the decoration of a floor picnic.

You can always incorporate some cushions for greater comfort. If you decide to hold your picnic during the sunset, don’t hesitate to incorporate some blankets so that neither you nor your guests freeze.

You must present the food well. You can use an old tray or a wooden trunk. That way, you’ll create small auxiliary “tables” where you can separate food from drinks.

You can also introduce several wicker baskets and place the food inside of them. This combination of objects will give a vintage and somewhat romantic look to the decoration of your picnic.

Decorating a picnic in a rustic way

The rustic style is great for decorating a picnic if you're a nature lover.

You may wish to decorate your picnic with a more rustic style. The idea of decorating a picnic with this style is to be able to adapt the elements that you incorporate into a natural space. Therefore, you can have a wooden table and several wooden logs as seats.

Also, choosing to hold it in a corner of a garden with tall grass and some bushes will make it easier for you to present the aesthetic you want. Rustic wooden furniture is ideal as it enhances the natural atmosphere.

Also, you can use vases, drawers or baskets with wildflowers as centerpieces. You’ll be combining natural elements perfectly. Choose the plants and flowers that you like most and create beautiful floral arrangements to decorate your picnic.

Intimate space

Decorating a picnic in an intimate way is possible. In this picture, a teepee and wicker baskets set up for a romantic picnic.

If you decide to have a picnic with your partner, you can hold it in a garden inside a teepee or a DIY camping tent. This beautiful element will help you create a more intimate and romantic ambiance.

You can place a blanket and several cushions on the floor so that you’re comfy. This is very important, especially if you’re planning for the picnic to be long. If your tent is quite small, try to include a small side table outside it. You can put all the food you’ll need for the picnic on it. This is very useful to avoid any possible accidents.

Additionally, you can incorporate some LED chandeliers or fairy lights. This will make the picnic seem more special and romantic – and you won’t have to worry about making a fire!

For all these different styles that we mentioned you can also introduce some hanging and decorative elements. For example, you can add pennants, colored bottles hanging from tree branches, and balloons. If you wish to celebrate a specific date, figure out which decorative elements would go with it.

Choose the style that you like best and enjoy a beautiful time outdoors with delicious food and great company.