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HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT PICNIC PARTY

PICNIC PARTY

Charcuterie Cheese Platter

PICNIC PARTY

Last week, we celebrated my brother’s birthday among many others. Looks like September is a month of birthdays festivities, so I decided to throw him and a few of our friends a picnic celebration. My brother never really desires to have any elaborate birthday celebrations for himself, so we decided this year was the year to finally have one. After all, he turned 26! :p I came across this location in Corona Del Mar last month for a bridal shower and thought about how lovely it would be to have a picnic here. The scenery captures a remarkable view of the sunset falling over the ocean, and there also seems to be a lot less tourists and a lot more space to set out large tables. I was quite swooned by this place. We had about 12 people join us that evening, and most of my set up was bought from (you won’t believe this) Goodwill. All under $15! Below, I posted about 12 ways to create the perfect picnic party. 

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PICNIC PARTY

LEMON BLUEBERRY CAKE Picnic Party

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How to throw a perfect picnic party:

  1. Set blankets or basic colored sheets for guests to sit on. (Choosing more neutral tones for seating brightens up the table and keeps the focus there.)
  2. Throw pillows (with throw pillows, get it?) for guests to get comfortable. 
  3. Choose a vibrant table cloth. (Here, I used a shower curtain I got from Goodwill for $6. Talk about a steal!)
  4. To set up the table, put crates under two long fold-up tables. (You can also use pallets.) 
  5. Set up colorful dishes with dried fruit centerpieces. I saw these dried oranges at Trader Joe’s and knew instantly they were made for this party. Add a couple orange or lemon tree leaves to the plates. 
  6. Wrap a flower garland around the table. Forage leaves and wrap flowers around a rope. Secure with wire.
  7. Set vases out filled with eucalyptus (you can’t go wrong with eucalyptus in any occasion) and decorated wheat.  
  8. Choose a location that has a lovely scenery. I chose a grassy area in Corona Del Mar that overlooks the ocean. 
  9. Make a cheese platter. (You can’t go wrong with a cheese platter.) Have your guest help bring items for the cheese platter and stock up with fruits (I like grapes, figs, and peaches), cherry tomatoes, nuts, jams (I like apricot, fig, and rhubarb jam), and condiments that pair well with cheese, crackers, and charcuterie. 
  10. When in doubt, choose finger foods. We made it into a finger food potluck. One person brought bruschetta, while another brought spam musubi (yum, yum, yum!), and another brought a hummus platter. 
  11. Bake a layered cake with lots and lots of fruit. (Recipe coming your way!)
  12. Make it playful and colorful, and don’t forget to have fun!

Cheese Platter and Charcuterie

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