5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Picnic

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By Jess
22 May 2016

Jess Kirby wearing the Keepsake Let Go Maxi Dress on Prosecco and Plaid



Picnic season is upon us and I am particularly excited to get in the festive spirit because Craig and I will be going to the VC Polo Classic for the first time! I am beyond excited and crossing my fingers for a gorgeous day. It happens to be just a day after we get back from Colorado so I will probably be delirious, but nothing a little Veuve Clicquot can’t fix! Picnics are one of my favorite spring and summer activities, is there anything better than eating fruit and cheese outdoors with a glass of wine, or in this case champagne? Having quite a few picnics under my belt, I thought I’d share a few tips to make your next one easy and memorable.


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Jess Kirby styles the Keepsake Let Go Maxi Dress and Reiss Blush Blazer on Prosecco and Plaid

1. Dress for the occasion. This may seem like a “duh” kind of tip, but I definitely have learned this one the hard way. Chances are, you’re probably going to be sitting on the ground at a picnic, so wear something that’s comfortable and you won’t be worried about flashing the entire world or your heels sticking in the ground. I love maxi dresses because they’re so easy and you can sit on the ground without having to think about it. My go-to sandals are these by Sam Edelman, they have a tiny little heel but are so comfortable and easy to walk in. I also love these Jack Rogers Lauren sandals.

Jess Kirby wears a light blue maxi and blush blazer on Prosecco and PlaidThe Keepsake Let Go Maxi Dress and Reiss Blush Blazer style don Prosecco and Plaid

 2. Do all the prep work ahead of time. Total rookie move, but I’ve made the mistake of not doing that and it makes your picnic way more work than it needs to be. Cut, peel, wash all of your fruits, meats, veggies, etc. ahead of time and put them in little containers that you can then use at your picnic. I like using ramekins (put a little plastic wrap on them for transportation). These little bowls are also great and come with plastic lids to put on top.

What to bring to a Veuve Clicquot Picnic by Prosecco and Plaidhow to create the perfect picnic by Prosecco and Plaid

3. Use trays and boards to hold your food and booze. Unless you have the luck of finding a spot with a picnic table you are probably sitting on the ground. We always bring a few marble boards (which are heavy so if you’re walking a ways skip that), wooden cheese boards and trays to keep everything on a flat surface. Plastic wine glasses are also helpful so you don’t have to worry about them breaking.

Veuve Clicquot Picnic Prosecco and Plaid Newport RI5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Picnic with Veuve Clicquot in Newport RI Prosecco and Plaid

4. Bring blankets. I always bring a few and I have a little collection of “picnic blankets” that I don’t mind if they get a little dirty or grass stained. I love this moroccan wedding blanket from Anthropologie and this throw from Lulu & Georgia.

Jess Kirby in Newport, RIJess Kirby wearing the Keepsake Let Go Maxi in blue on Prosecco and PlaidThe Keepsake Let Go Maxi Dress and Reiss Lisa Jacket on Prosecco and PlaidJess Ann Kirby wearing the Keepsake Let Go Maxi Dress in light blue on Prosecco and Plaid

5. Enjoy the view. After being cooped up inside ALL winter, just being outdoors, enjoying the sun on your face and taking in the surroundings feels good. It was so nice to sit on the lawn at Fort Adams, watch boats go by, enjoy the warm sun, listen to the birds and the breeze, and sip on champagne.

Veuve Clicquot Picnic on Prosecco and Plaid in Newport RI Creating the perfect picnic with Veuve Clicquot by Prosecco and Plaid


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  1. Natali wrote:

    Perfect picnic time outfit and such a great photos! I’m in love with your blazer and sunnies.


    5.22.16 | Reply
  2. Sophie wrote:

    That blazer is absolutely stunning!
    I post every Monday and Friday, check out my blog if you have time! 🙂

    5.23.16 | Reply
  3. Shirley symon wrote:

    Thanks for the tip about bringing a wooden tray to set stuff on

    5.28.16 | Reply

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