Summer Picnic-A Creative Space For Outdoor Entertaining
Picnics aren’t just for the beach or park anymore, they are also a fun way to create a whole new space for outdoor entertaining in your very own backyard. I am so thrilled to be partnering with Wayfair to bring you this creative summer idea. Whether you have a small yard or a large one, this is a great way to break up conversation areas and add a stylish element to your party. I happen to have a small yard, so this idea of creating a whole other outdoor room for hosting has always intrigued me.
This process is not only fun but easy. I started with a large outdoor rug, you can use one or a few to achieve a layered look. I used it on an angle to add visual interest. Then comes the drink station, aka bar. I love the idea of a rolling beverage cart with this pop up picnic.
Next I added an area for guests to sit, eat, drink and chat. The round rattan ottoman/coffee table is the perfect height to add large throw pillows around. Mixing and matching pillows with small poufs is a great way to add interest around this playful conversation area.
When designing an outdoor space creating a sense of privacy is a must, plants are a great way to do that. I used a variety of potted tropicals, herbs and ferns to make the space feel enclosed. Tip-bring your indoor plants outside for the event, but do it gradually so the temperatures don’t shock them. I also added lanterns and DIY string lights for some evening ambiance.
Styling with my favorite summer colors, coral, aqua and navy, they play so well together, especially in the summer.
I used a large cheese board with classic black and white plates along with the aqua hand towel to add function to this space by making it a place to eat and drink.
The garden stool is multi-purpose, it can be used as a table or for extra seating. Every backyard needs a few of these in my opinion:).
Couldn’t you just picture the candles lit, the string lights glowing, music playing while chatting & sharing time, food and drinks with great company. It is a cool idea, right?!
Have a fantastic day friends!
So inviting. I love backyard picnics!
Thank you Lucy!
So fun! I would love to hang out there for an afternoon. Love your colors too!
Looks like an amazing spot to hang out! I’m coming with wine!
Yay! Thanks Jamie!
You certainly don’t need a huge space to have fun in style!
No, you certainly don’t:)! Happy Summer Lauren!
Jen, this is so beautiful. We’re big lovers of picnics in the backyard but this has given me even more ideas. With so much time still left in summer, I’m glad I read your post. x
Thank you Danielle! See you soon!! Jen
I love how creative this is! You completely add on additional lounge space with just a few key pieces that can be used elsewhere when not picnicking! (is that a word? haha) Where did you find your little orange tree?! Obsessed.
Thank you Rachel! Haha, so true, love that part! Its a kumquat tree from Lowe’s last year. I had 2, sadly one didn’t survive the winter in my house:(. I know I love this plant too. I bought it around this time of year. See you tomorrow! Jen
So pretty, Jen! Love that rolling beverage cart. Perfect for outdoor entertaining.
Thank you Jen!
Oh that looks so pretty! And can I have some snacks?!
Thank you & yes, of course:)!
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