Fall is the best time for a picnic. Everything--from the warm sun to the sweet-smelling leaves and the clear weather--invites you to pack a basket and enjoy nature’s gift.
To host the perfect picnic with your friends and loved ones, you don’t need a dramatic feast. All you need is some seasonal food, a few friends, and an appetite!
The Ultimate Picnic Basket Kit
There are some accessories that you can’t plan a picnic without. As well as being practical, these must-haves add life and color to your basket. These items include:
- Napkins and silverware
- A large outdoor blanket or chairs
- Shareable snacks that your family or friends can easily get their hands into
- A variety of drinks and main course food
This guide will get you started, so read on for help filling your basket!
What to Pack for the Perfect Picnic
Picnic-ready fall foods
In the fall, there’s a great selection of seasonal foods you can use to fill your basket.
Try whipping up a hearty salad: from fresh greens to potato or pasta salads. Utilizing other fruits and veggies are easy with recipes like avocado summer rolls, spinach hummus wraps, or roasted sweet potatoes.
Every picnic basket should include fruits that are loved by the whole group. Try for seasonal varieties like apples, broccoli, carrot, pears, persimmons, and sweet potatoes.
Apple slices are another fall favorite—try storing them in lemon water so they don’t brown!
A picnic dessert should be a simple affair, and there are many options to go with. One option is oat cookies. They are easy to bake, light, and delicious.
Check out this recipe from Cooking Classy for a perfect oatmeal cookie!
Drinks on the go
For a fall picnic, you need the best drinks to pair with all the sweet food you made. Not only are pumpkins the trademark flavors of fall, but they can also quench your thirst.
Try our curated list of 10 pumpkin drink recipes perfect for the season!
A good picnic basket should keep your group fed and hydrated. So, be sure to grab your favorite Swig and keep your drink of choice hot or cold for the entire trip!
Our drinks of choice? For a sunny picnic spot, lemonade tastes like heaven. Try throwing fresh fruit into standard lemonade for a fun twist. Or, there’s no harm in packing a little alcohol--like your favorite bottle of wine or spiked seltzer.
Picnic Setting Ideas
The perfect fall picnic is not only about great food and drink, but also about the location. There are many places to host a fall picnic. Your choice should be quiet and serene, away from foot traffic, and full of great nature.
Try heading to your local waterfront or beach. Or get elevated at a mountain top spot. The classic picnic spot, however, requires a little less effort: your local park, yard, or even tree can be a great spot to plant your blanket.
Picnic Setting Ideas
The perfect picnic consists of all the right things – beautiful weather, amazing food, the right company, and an excellent picnic site. You can prepare for the picnic by checking out the place you have in mind beforehand, refrigerating the food and snacks, and cleaning and filling your containers beforehand.
And as always, be sure to share the responsibilities. When everyone comes with their A-game, your outdoor adventure is sure to be a success!