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Stuff We Love

All the Reasons Your Next Party Should Be a Picnic

Stuff We Love BY katie nave freeman 04/16/2019

 

Sure, your monthly wine-and-cheese night is great, but if you’re feeling antsy for a new kind of party plan, consider the humble picnic. For Liz Clark, there is no greater joy than basking in the glow of the Bay Area sunshine—especially when sprawled out on one of her own bright, color-blocked Nipomo blankets. That’s why the busy babe launched a pop-up picnic club to encouraging her community (and herself!) to get outside and chill hard. Oh, and the whole thing has a bonus purpose, too, explains Liz: “Another goal is to spread awareness around the importance of cleaning up our outdoor spaces, so we bring along gloves and trash bags. Our hope is to build habits within our larger community.” Here’s how to follow in her footsteps.

  

WHERE TO PARK IT

“I love sharing hidden picnic-spot gems across the Bay Area. Lake Merritt is ideal for both people- and dog-watching, and, of course, I love Golden Gate Park. The Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco has a gorgeous dahlia garden that I highly recommend.”

 

A-TISKET, A-TASKET, PICK A PERFECT BASKET

“I like to keep a small basket at the ready, stocked with a book, a hat, and a blanket for easy adventures. For larger expeditions, you’ll need something a bit more roomy. I like to pack it all in our large basket canasta. And always bring a blanket! Ours come rolled up with strap that makes them portable and easy to take along on adventures. The heavyweight weave allows you to picnic anywhere, even on hard, rocky ground. Comfort is key!”

 

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PREPARE TO WEATHER THE WEATHER

“For longer excursions, an Alite Designs Meadow Mat is essential for keeping your bum dry with these unpredictable spring showers. The large is the perfect size to fit under our blankets! Add in an extra blanket for warmth or to use as a pillow. For sun protection, our woven visor or sunscreen (Sundaze C-Shells is my favorite for the face) are essential. For snacks, I usually keep it pretty simple with fruit, some cut-up veggies, crackers, and hummus.”

 

SLIP IN A FEW SURPRISES

“In terms of books, The Cloudspotter's Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney is an informational and fun read outside. Also, The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair is a delight to pick up and read small bits at a time. Water is always key, but I also love bringing along some hot tea or coffee in a thermos for crisp days—there’s something really charming about drinking something warm in the middle of nature. When I remember, I also pack a durable glass jar for foraging wild flowers to serve as a centerpiece.”

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