Planning a picnic date with friends, family or a significant other? Here are 5 simple picnic date ideas to enjoy this summer.

There’s much to love about summer.

Days at the beach.

Tubing on the lake.

Grilling delicious dishes.

A more relaxed schedule.

Enjoying the outdoors.

Picnicking at the park, on the lawn or in the backyard.

Do you love picnics too?

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For this month’s theme, my friends and I are throwing a virtual picnic date.

Today, we are sharing some picnic ideas with an amazing menu that you’ve got to try!

And if you’ve been following along we’ve had a great time so far with our virtual monthly supper club, haven’t we?

We’ve celebrated:

If you are coming from Michele’s from Vintage Home Designs welcome to my home!

Michele has such a gorgeous home doesn’t she?

Early evening picnic date with friends

Early Evening Picnic Date With Friends Decorating Ideas

I dabbled with the idea of setting up this picnic date on the lawn near my cutting garden but decided to keep it on my deck in case it rained.

It seems like it’s been raining a lot this summer, so I’m not taking any chances with the spotty showers in the forecast.

Not to mention, it’s been so hot in New Jersey lately.

So my friends and I will enjoy a cooler evening picnicking under the gazebo.

Home and Garden Blogger Stacy Ling

Adding Plants and Flowers

With any picnic date, whether its with friends, family or a significant other, you need flowers.

Lots of them.

My deck is pretty well decorated with several container gardens and houseplants already, so I’m not changing or adding much there.

picnic date with friends

Picnic Date Centerpiece Ideas

For the centerpiece, I started with this vintage picnic basket that I found thrifting in Vermont.

Isn’t it so pretty?

I was planning to use it indoors on my dining table, but it is perfect for a picnic date theme.

Centerpiece idea for a picnic date with friends

Because my hydrangeas are blooming like crazy this year, I cut a few to use in my picnic basket centerpiece for the dining table.

To keep my fresh-cut hydrangeas from drooping, I used THIS method.

Works like a charm!

To add even more flowers to the table, I cut some zinnias from my cutting garden to include in a few small mason jars like THESE .

And added some faux kalanchoe plants as well.

picnic date with friends

Decorating the Table for a Picnic Date With Friends

With the flowers cut and a centerpiece idea ready to go, it’s time to decorate the table.

I started with a cute green buffalo check table cloth like this one.

Because I wanted to leave some of my wood farmhouse table exposed, I opted for a square shape and draped it over the center on an angle.

I then added my hydrangea and fresh-cut flower centerpiece.

picnic date with firends

And added a few more mason jars with tea light candles.

For each table setting, I started with my favorite cedar branch placemats.

I wish I could give you a link to that one, but Pier 1 hasn’t sold them in a while.

I’m keeping an eye out for them though because these placemats look beautiful in any season.

picnic date table decor

On top of each placemat, I added pretty decorative chargers like THESE.

And then topped each table setting with these beautiful cottage-style plates.

Aren’t they so fun for a picnic date?

I love all the pretty details on each plate.

In addition to the table setting, I added THIS gorgeous stemware.

picnic date with friends

Adding Ambiance

Since our picnic date is in the early evening, I added these beautiful string lights from AQ Lighting.

I strung them from the gazebo and around the deck railings.

I love the extra twinkle they add.

If it’s not a windy day, add more candles to the table for more mood lighting.

And that’s it!

beautiful cut zinnia flowers in vase

Thanks so much for stopping by my home today for some picnic date ideas.

Next up on the Picnic Date Tour is my good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse.

She always sets a gorgeous table and has such creative decorating ideas.

picnic date with friends

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5 Easy Picnic Date Ideas
picnic basket centerpiece with hydrangeas

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  3. Stacy,
    I love that you used your picnic basket for your floral centerpiece! So creative!
    Love doing these with you.

  4. Loved the post and am a new subscriber. I was just curious. When you were in your cutting garden, you had many stalks that had little clay pots on them. Was that for decoration or was there a purpose. I thought they looked pretty cool either way. 🙂 Cindy

  5. It looks beautiful Stacy! I love the floral plates and the vintage picnic basket you used for your floral centerpiece!

  6. Stacy, you did such a beautiful job styling your picnic. It looks like a great space to relax and enjoy a meal. And can we talk about that basket filled with hydranges? Gorgeous!

  7. This is beautiful! Your hydrangeas are pretty in the basket.

    This is such a pretty picnic. Hopefully August won’t be as hot, humid and wet Here.

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