Summer Picnic Baskets, Accessories, & Simple Menu

The recent sunshine and warm weather has me wanting to spend as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors. Whether it’s an early morning walk around the neighborhood, an afternoon spent working from the deck or an evening picnic on the lawn! The latter has become my absolute favorite way to enjoy the season! I actually just finalized plans with a girl friend to enjoy a summer picnic in the park next weekend.

And with the temperatures in the 70s this weekend, I think I’m going to convince Joshua to fill our picnic basket and find a beautiful spot for an afternoon picnic in the mountains, where we’ll be this weekend.

To inspire more picnics, time outdoors and with friends, below you will find all of the necessary items for an enjoyable picnic. Along with some not so necessary items but those that will create a beautiful scene you’ll want to sit and enjoy for hours and hours.

Summer Picnic Supplies & Simple Menu | Louella Reese
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Shop Picnic Baskets

While your picnic provisions can easily be placed into a cooler, backpack, or tote, there is something quite exciting about packing up a picnic basket. Having a designated picnic basket also encourages more picnics to be taken. Plus they can provide additional decor & storage in your home when not being used outdoors.

Shop Summer Picnic Accessories

A few picnic accessories can create a beautiful scene to spread your picnic on and enjoy! A beautiful quilt is all that’s needed to create a comfortable picnic location. Add cloth napkins, cheese knives, plastic cups, silicone storage containers and bamboo bowls for a pretty set up.

Shop Charcuterie Boards

I have found having a solid, flat surface is very helpful when having picnics. A simple charcuterie board will do the trick!

Simple summer picnic menu | Louella Reese

Simple Summer Picnic Menu

To me, picnics are all about simplicity when it comes to food. Choosing items that are easy to pack up and share with friends. You can never go wrong with a simple picnic menu of bread, cheese, jams fresh fruit and nuts. The perfect combination to enjoy for hours.

one large french baguette

two to three types of fruit jams

two to three soft & hard cheeses

one or two types of crackers

flavored sparkling water, wine and/or rosé

fresh fruit – mixed berries, apples, and/or oranges

mixed nuts

Interested in more entertaining ideas? Take a look at my most recent entertaining post highlighting an easy & delicious Mother’s Day Brunch.

photos by Jennifer Austin Photography


  1. Angelica wrote:

    Absolutely love the idea of having a picnic and this is such a chic way to do it! Awesome picks!

    XX Angelica

    Posted 4.28.21
  2. Lovely wrote:

    These picnic accessories are so pretty, and I love the menu!

    Posted 4.29.21
  3. Stephanie wrote:

    So do we get to crown you the cottagecore queen, now? Because everything about this is whimsical, sweet perfection! It makes me wish I could go on a picnic – even if my allergies literally kill me in the process haha!

    Posted 4.29.21
  4. Lizzie wrote:

    These images are so dreamy! You know I love a good picnic haha! I have two picnic baskets lol!


    Posted 4.29.21
  5. Who knew so many gorgeous picnic baskets existed in the world? I am saving this post Louella because I see plenty of great gift ideas all in one spot. Well done!
    xo Jaimie

    Posted 4.29.21
  6. Greta wrote:

    You can’t go wrong with a good picnic! It’s one of my favorite summer activities and yours turned out so beautifully.

    Posted 4.29.21
  7. Lisa Autumn wrote:

    All the pinterest goals!

    Lisa |

    Posted 5.2.21
  8. What a gorgeous set up! I am saving these ideas for my own upcoming summer picnic adventures with friends.
    XO Amanda |

    Posted 5.13.21

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