How to Decorate for a Picnic Themed Party


Host a summery, picnic-themed party, even if it's in the middle of winter. If your friend or loved one enjoys warm weather, use a picnic and outdoor-inspired theme. Bring the great outdoors inside by using authentic items such as fresh flowers and items used in the sandbox. Delight party-goers' senses by filling your party space with the vibrant sights, scents and flavors of summer.

Things You'll Need

  • Woven baskets
  • Plastic sand buckets and shovels
  • Red and white tablecloths and napkins
  • Napkin rings
  • Lady bug-inspired decor
  • Craft paint and paintbrushes
  • Streamers
  • Candles
  • Terra cotta plant pots
  • Flowers
  • Vases
  • Lemon and lime slices
  • Butterfly-inspired decor
  • Bug catcher
  • Tissue paper
  • Watering can
  • Fresh herbs
  • Seed packets
  • Store party items in picnic-inspired woven baskets and buckets. Place baskets on the dinner or buffet table, and fill them with assorted plastic ware, napkins, and salt, pepper and sugar packets. Fill plastic sand buckets with ice and have guests use a shovel to scoop up ice.

  • Decorate your dinner table with a red and white checked tablecloth. Choose a plastic-covered tablecloth, which will facilitate easy cleanup, for an authentic picnic look. As a decorative touch, use red cloth napkins and napkin rings featuring summer-inspired trinkets, such as bugs, fruit and sunglasses.

  • Enhance your party with ladybug decor; the tiny red and black creatures are synonymous with summertime and picnics. Use a tablecloth featuring ladybug designs, and create bug designs on inexpensive water glasses using craft paint. Use red and black decor items, such as streamers and candles.

  • Place flowers in rustic-looking terra cotta pots as a table centerpiece. Or fill glass vases with fresh-cut flowers, putting lemon and lime slices in the water for a vibrant pop of color. Choose candles with a natural, outdoorsy scent such as mint, lavender and pine.

  • Add ambience for your picnic-themed party using delicate butterfly decor. Make colorful butterflies using tissue paper and place them in bug catchers throughout the party space. Clip fake butterflies onto curtains, tablecloths and napkins.

  • Bring your garden indoors by placing pots filled with different types of herbs in the center of the party dinner table; guests can enhance their food with fresh flavors. Fill watering cans with decorative flowers and make place setting name cards using seed packets that party-goers can take home as party favors.

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