I recently came across the most fabulous picnic basket from West Elm, complete with wine holder (it was an immediate must buy)! The moment I spotted this ultra chic picnic basket, I knew I not only needed to buy it, but also began brainstorming different ideas for how I was going to use it/incorporate it into a blog post. Since I had purchased this picnic basket over the summer, I originally thought that a summer picnic could be a cute idea. The more I thought about it I realized that the summer was way too hot for dining "Al Fresco." When it's hot and sticky outside, the last thing I want to do is consume wine and cheese.
Fast forward to planning for our weeklong trip in the mountains--It wasn't until we started planning the various activities for our North Carolina vacation, the lightbulb went off and I realized that hosting a romantic Fall picnic for two in the mountains would be a perfect way to break in my new picnic basket. So I immediately got to work mapping out the details of the menu and picnic location prior to our arrival in North Carolina. Our mountain accommodations are next to a lake and there is a perfect stretch of grass with the most beautiful mountain views in the backdrop. It is truly picturesque.
Unfortunately, this initial venue idea was cancelled due to the heavy rain we have been experiencing all week. Determined not to let a little rain spoil my picnic plans, I found a 2hour window the other day to put out the spread and finally enjoy a little time outside with my husband sipping delicious wine and enjoying a few cocktail nibbles. Below is a breakdown of what I used to create this most delicious spread.
- West Elm Picnic Basket (Currently on Sale!)
- World Market Olive Wood Cheese Cutting Board
- Caspari Albemarle Hall Paper Cocktail Napkins
- Waiter's Corkscew
- Sur la Table Classic Soft Cheese Knife
- World Market Hammered Metal Tiffin Lunch Box
- World Market Mini White Ceramic Jar with Spoon
- Govino Shatter Proof Recyclable Wine Tumblers
- Rustic Picnic Blanket
It was so nice to finally have a moment to enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the mountains (even if it was from our back porch, with the rain threatening to start up again at any second). Whether you are looking to set up a romantic party for two or entertain a large group, I love the idea of hosting a picnic during the Fall. The weather during this season really can't be beat and throwing together a delicious spread like the one pictured in this post is relatively easy (i.e. no cooking required!). So if you are looking for a fun way to entertain this Fall season, I highly recommend hosting a Fall picnic.