A beach picnic can be more than sunblock and surfboards with some inspiration from the past.
An old-fashioned beach picnic is once again in vogue. Take a page from history and create a day you will remember forever. When life coasted at a slower pace, such outings were more commonplace. Make a beach picnic as romantic as you would when entertaining at home.
Here’s to flowing sundresses, large-brimmed straw hats, wet sandy toes, fresh flowers, seashells and sweets at your beach picnic.
Start with something vintage as an inspiration piece; we used beach-themed postcards that have an old-fashioned sensibility and set our color theme for our beach picnic.
Make a Checklist for Your Beach Picnic
- Baskets for collecting shells
- Fresh flowers
- Lanterns and candles
- Mason jars
- Painting, coloring or writing supplies and journal
- Treats, fruit and lemonade
- Vintage plates, cups and flatware
- Wagon for toting items
Vintage pails and a camera are thoughtful touches for a beach picnic. A flower frog moonlights as a pencil holder, encouraging guests to draw and write. Hunting for seashells is also encouraged with a tin basket and paper umbrellas.
Written and photographed by Melinda Graham