Spring is in the air, and we are ready to head outside for the perfect picnic! It’s no secret that we enjoy entertaining, so here we are to guide you to the perfect picnic essentials that will carry you through the season no matter where your outdoor activities and entertaining take you. Whether you are preparing for a concert picnic in the park with friends, a romantic evening for two, or a family picnic on the beach, these essentials are here to guide you in any and every scenario. We've even included a recipe for hibiscus-lemonade tea, perfect for spring outings!

1. Vintage picnic basket/colorful tote

The vessel that carries your dishes for a picnic can also make a statement, so spice up your picnic style with a vintage basket or a large, colorful tote. 

2. Sunglasses

If you’re spending a day in the sun, nothing makes a statement like a great looking pair of sunglasses.


3. Picnic blanket

Picnic blankets are multifunctional and essential for any picnic scenario.  A blanket creates both the seating area and the “table” for your gathering, so make sure it’s colorful and fun yet durable at the same time!

4. Spring hat

Spring is definitely hat season! Hats are a great way to pull together a look and hone in on the casual spirit of the picnic. Try a hat in a lighter color like cream, camel, or grey.


5. Glass tumblers & reusable plates

Instead of drinking out of plastic cups and eating off of paper plates, use reusable glasses and plates. This makes for a more special and environmentally friendly picnic.  If it’s an evening picnic or perhaps a date night, make sure to pack a few stemless wine glasses.

6. Loose-fitting top

Picnics are casual, so the attire is usually loose fitting and light.  You may choose a day in the park or at the beach, but either scenario would call for loose fitting garments that would complement the other pieces of your outfit.

7. Vibrant beverage

A vibrant and colorful beverage is the perfect addition to any outdoor setting. Serving beautiful drinks like hibiscus-lemonade tea from a glass carafe makes the mood of your outing even more festive!

Hibiscus Lemonade

8. Bento boxes

These cute little boxes keep food separate and organized during transport. They are also pretty and stylish containers to serve your favorite dishes from.

9. Flats/sandals

When it comes to what shoes to wear at a picnic, a comfortable option is always best: flats or sandals.  If you’re at the beach grab waterproof sandals, and if you’re at a park, try a lovely pair of flats. Guys might want to wear flip-flops at the beach and a colorful pair of boat shoes or loafers at the park.


10. Accessories

One must never leave the house without some picnic accoutrements. Make sure to have some fun jewelry to dress up your outfit and a great scarf if your picnic is in the evening. 

No matter where your adventures take you this spring, always be prepared with these essentials to have a deliciously stylish picnic with loved ones this season. Happy Spring!  

Hibiscus Lemonade

Recipe: Hibiscus-Lemonade Tea

Serves: Makes about 6 cups

Note: This is the perfect picnic drink. It’s bright, sweet and complex. To elevate the citrus flavors of this drink, garnish with oranges, limes and lemons!


  • 3 cups of recently boiled water, plus 1/3 cup for simple syrup
  • 6 hibiscus tea bags
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 3 cups of Simply Lemonade

Pour 3 cups of boiled water into a large glass-measuring cup. Add the tea bags. Allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, pour the reserved 1/3 cup of boiled water in a small bowl with sugar. Stir until completely dissolved and transparent. 

After the tea has steeped for 5 minutes, discard the teabags and pour the tea into a pitcher along with the simple syrup and lemonade. Stir together and serve over ice. Garnish with citrus if desired.

Amber Wilson

Amber Wilson was raised in Cajun Country, experienced the boldness of Texas fare, tasted the light cuisine in Florida, plunged her fork into the various influences in Alabama, and is now enjoying the harmonious city of Nashville. She grew up in the small town of Lake Charles, Louisiana, where the women in her family taught of the importance of Cajun heritage and, of course, Cajun cuisine. She can be found sharing her Southern food and memories writing at For the Love of the South.

Tillie Adelson

Tillie Adelson is the witty and fashionable voice behind style and beauty blog My Stiletto Life, and was recently featured in InStyle Magazine’s November 2013 issue. She is a style influencer, a content creator, an entrepreneur, and a stylist. She contributes her creative voice and style to various platforms and most recently dove into the e-commerce beauty space by launching her own nail polish subscription service. Tillie is a graduate of UCLA and Parsons the New School for Design and launched her career in fashion in New York City. She is a pop culture aficionado, has a penchant for stilettos and nail polish, and has an affinity for languages and culture. After living in NYC for a few years, Tillie moved back to her native San Francisco, where she currently resides.

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