March 15, 2017
Le Chic Picnic – 35 Steps to a Classy Spring Picnic

By Alana Maiello 

Bonjour mon amour, spring is here and it’s time for your favorite leisure activities – napping and snacking. After everyone’s 5 month winter Netflix binge, hibernation period is over and we can finally go outside! We’ll help you keep it light and easy with our modern picnic tips. Bon appetit and enjoy!

The Spot

You want your picnic to feel like a “mini-vacation” from the stress of life and work. 

1. Find a grassy knoll in the park with a view of nature and a shady tree! Or a premium seat next to the walk way for people watching

Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah
Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah

2. There’s always the secret meadow just outside of town. This girl’s really happy to be outside.

Napa, California
Napa, California

3. You can take a weekend camping trip and picnic three times a day!

                                 Camping with your favorite puppy.
                                 Camping with your favorite puppy.

4. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can make your picnic happen anywhere. 

Waterfall in Patagonia.
Waterfall in Patagonia.

5. Like on this cliff in Portugal.

                 Portugal
                 Portugal

6. Or on the top of a mountain in Chile – an adventure picnic!

Torres del Paine, Patagonia
Torres del Paine, Patagonia

7. Oh la la, a picnic in Paris. Pastries, baguettes, French men, fancy cheese…

The dream picnic.
The dream picnic.

8. Pawnee, Indiana. Because we miss Parks and Recreation.

                                                            Raccoons not invited to the picnic.
                                                            Raccoons not invited to the picnic.

 

The Feast

The modern woman does not have 2 weeks to plan an extensive picnic gala or a French butler to carry everything. Although the 500 Pinterest picnic recipes look amazing, the reality is that you only have a few hours to prepare the food and you actually need to carry all your picnic goods with you. Sometimes on the subway. Or up a mountain. Follow these tips for your light and healthy picnic feast.

9. Use your Trader Joe’s totes to store all your nom noms. They are only ninety-nine cents and can be used for so many things after the picnic (grocery shopping, beach bag, storage, just to name a few).

Trader Joe's Totes 
Trader Joe’s Totes 

10. Our red and black checkered blanket from REI has a water resistant bottom! You can always stick a shower curtain liner under your blanket too.

REI Water Resistant + Picnic Essentials  
REI Water Resistant + Picnic Essentials  

11. If it’s not going to be wet out, just bring a blanket and don’t worry about the liner. I always keep a blanket in the trunk of my car for spontaneous park napping sessions  

12. Venture to the Whole Foods bar to customize the veggies for your picnic meal. They provide paper containers to make it that much easier to transport everything!

Whole Foods Salad Bar 
Whole Foods Salad Bar 

13. We also love Trader Joe’s lunch salads – a large variety of on-the-go salads to choose from.

So many tasty options!
So many tasty options!
French boyfriend hired for Swoob picnic. Jk.
French boyfriend hired for Swoob picnic. Jk.

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Strawberries are in season and are a picnic must-have. Go get some. Like, now.

Strawberry Season is here! 
Strawberry Season is here! 

15. Bring a cut watermelon, a few spoons, and dig in!

16. Fruit on a STICK!

Keep your hands clean! 
Keep your hands clean! 

17. Meet the Muffin Pan – saving picnics all over the world this upcoming spring and summer. It’s the perfect tray for your picnic hummus, carrots, and other veggies.

The Muffin Pan Extraordinaire 
The Muffin Pan Extraordinaire 

18. Thirsty? Pop open the bubbly.

                      Bubbles for days.
                      Bubbles for days.

19. Still thirsty? Turn all of this…

Sangria Preparation 
Sangria Preparation 

20. …into this….Sangria Heaven

Summer Heaven 
Summer Heaven 

21. Sometimes it’s just a burrito day. Thank you Chipotle.

*Picnic Tip: Tinfoil is an excellent picnic accessory! You can use it to wrap your sandwiches and fruit. You can also use it as a cover up for the muffin pan.*

Chipotle is good.
Chipotle is good.

22. The burrito bowl … Can life get any better? 

Chipotle is life.
Chipotle is life.

23. Burrito in a Jar!

24. Or pasta in a jar.

25. You can even make a protein shake on your picnic (no blender required with this Trimr bottle!)

The Company

Who will be lucky enough to be invited to your picnic?

26. Le Boyfriend

          Yes, a real boyfriend enjoying a picnic.
          Yes, a real boyfriend enjoying a picnic.

27. The Happiest Puppy

                                                              Happy puppy leaping for joy! Winter is over!
                                                              Happy puppy leaping for joy! Winter is over!

28. Zac Efron.

Why not? He’s an expert at being hot and getting things done on the grill in The Neighbors.

                                        Zac, you can be my neighbor :)
                                        Zac, you can be my neighbor

29. Ron and Leslie.

Ron thinking, “What is this woman trying to get me to do? Go on a…picnic?”

The Outfit

30. Get your favorite tanks out of storage – or treat yo self to a spring shopping spree!

Swoob Piranha Sports Bra  
Swoob Piranha Sports Bra  

31. Seriously, treat yo self

                                        Tom and Donna from Parks and Recreation didn't actually attend the Swoob picnic. Next time.
                                        Tom and Donna from Parks and Recreation didn’t actually attend the Swoob picnic. Next time.

32. And these Nike picnic kicks?!

The Activities

32. Siesta, naptime, food coma.

Sleeping Puppies
Sleeping Puppies

33. Again, the boyfriend.

34. Yoga and meditation. Some of our favorite ways to recharge

“Gratitude unlocks the fulness of life” -Melody Beattie 

35. Picnic reading list: #GIRLBOSS by Sofia Amoruso and The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg

 

“Character. Intelligence. Strength. Style. That makes beauty.”

-Diane von Furstenberg in The Woman I Wanted to Be

Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg

We wish you many classy picnics this spring and summer! With everything that life throws at us, we have the power to create beauty and happiness in our lives.

You are beautiful, go have a picnic!

Until next time, XoXo and Au Revoir


Alana is our Swoob writer and editor. A lover of the outdoors, you can find her swimming in pools and oceans or practicing her yoga at sunset. Whether she’s planning her next picnic or exploring the coast of California, she likes to bring a little sass and spunk to the table. Her favorite saying is “La Vie es Belle,” which means, Life is beautiful


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