Vivez Bien * Live Well

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Aesthete's Alphabet - P is for Picnics

I am a big fan of picnics. Finding a spot in the great outdoors, preferably with a beautiful view, delicious food and wine, family and's hard to beat.

But, make no mistake, a great picnic requires precision and planning! Whether you are getting to your destination by foot.... car....

....or even by bicycle... need to have the right picnic paraphernalia.
A pretty picnic basket or tote is a good starting point....
....a container to keep your special bottle of wine from breaking en route  (we can't allow that!)...
....a stylish cooler bag....
....plates and cutlery (try and avoid plastic of you can!) and linen napkins....
....and to round it off, a good looking and comfortable picnic blanket.
It goes without saying that the food must be fresh and tasty as well as beautifully presented. No sweaty sandwiches wrapped in plastic wrap for this girl!

If you have room, bring along a cushion or two...great for post prandial naps!

A board game or a good book is a good idea (no techno toys please really spoils the effect!)

This is how we do it in Africa.... how do you do your picnics?

Stay tuned for Q is for  ?????

Till next time
Sharon x

All images via pinterest and tumblr



  1. We have a view of the Golden Gate bridge and the bay… unfortunately, sandwiches in plastic wrap though …need to get more stylish!

  2. Sharon,
    I love a picnic almost as much as I love the incredible picnic paraphanelia! We used to picnic more often but I think it's been on the summer- to-do list for the past two years to no avail???maybe this year!
    Great post. Can't wait to see what you come up with for Q.

  3. I love picnics Sharon and these outdoor pictures are so much fun. Such a variety of picnic baskets to choose from! Hope your week is off to a great start. xxleslie

  4. Just my type of picnic too, Sharon!! although certainly not a good idea with our weather today! xx

  5. Picnics are in my to do list for this summer, I like it so much. We are going to the lake with friends and it's so funny. Fresh food, good talks, fresh air, birds...BTW the cooler bag with birds is very cute. Where can I bay one?
    Dry Carpet Cleaning Hampstead