Saturday, 16 July 2011

In The Mood - Picnic Inspiration

A lot of the last week has been about having outdoor fun with friends - it's been the first week of my son's school summer holidays and we've been making the most of the ok-ish weather with trips to parks, country estates and endless tennis in the garden. And a lot of these trips have involved picnics and I love this. There's something so fabulous about eating outside, lazing around with yummy treats, talking, laughing, cloud-watching and then racing to buy ice creams for dessert!

All of which al-fresco fun has got me thinking about picnic weddings - I love the idea of a really relaxed reception with no formal meal and a totally laid back vibe. You all know how I love to make everyday things extra special at weddings at there's plenty of scope to turn a picnic into something magical and utterly fabulous. So, here are some of my absolute favourite ideas (possibly coming to a park near me this summer holiday!)

Above - totally love the idea of serving a picnic style buffet from gorgeously rustic trugs and baskets sat on gingham cloths. Obviously you don't have to go for the pick-up truck look but I do like the thought of including a prop or two here! Image - Country Living

Above -now I've probably mentioned my love of cutlery bundles for buffet or picnic style receptions because it makes it easy for guests to grab & carry them. These great forks and napkins are wrapped with a simple band of kraft paper and tied with garden twine. How easy and how effective. Image - Liz Banfield

Above - it's great to let people pick and choose where they want to sit and these baskets of pretty picnic blankets are oh-so tempting. Image - Liz Banfield

Above - instead of a buffet or elaborate meal, these personalised lunchboxes full of salads, meats and breads are just perfect. That red apple is part of the meal and it's a great styling accessory too and that's doubly fab! Image - Sara France

Above - picnics don't have to involve blankets and these white picnic tables covered with ditsy fabric look brilliant. Slightly more comfortable, slightly better if you prefer a plated dinner but still pretty and very au naturel. Image - Tec Petaja

Above - loving these cute lunch bags with printed menus attached and a sprig of insect repelling lavender. You don't have to serve a whole meal from a bag or box - how about packing some DIY canape sets for guests? Image - Tiny Water Photography

Above - gorgeous strawberry pudding packs! And check the jar glasses and the stripy straws - totally brilliant and the wooden barrels and trays are a perfect contrast. Image - via Project Wedding

Above - more stripy straws and gorgeous gingham for a great picnic look. I am coveting that lemonade dispenser in a way that's slightly wrong and the picnic style guest book table isn't unappealing either... Image - via Ruffled

Above - part of my picnics always involve games of some description so do include some fun for guests. I do like croquet and it's great for getting everyone talking too. Image - White Box Weddings

Above - hmmmm, picnic sweetie buffets - twirl your own candy floss or pick your own sweeties from stacked cake stands. Both please!! Image - The Youngrens


  1. Love your blog......going to feature you on mine this week.....your idea's are perfect! My daughter is getting married in September, country style, outside and we are using many of your idea's!
    Will be visiting often!

  2. Where ever did you find those GREAT forks? Are they wood? I don't even know how to search online for these?