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Fall is the perfect time to celebrate the outdoors one last time before retreating inside for a few bitterly cold months. There will be plenty of time for indoor excursions, but now is the time to let the kids run around in the fresh air. It’s the best time for outdoor photography, too, between the leaves, the pumpkins, and all of the fabulous fashion!
I especially love to take my girls on picnics on autumn days, to soak up any remaining sunshine and check out the changing leaves. I’ve yet to meet a kid who doesn’t like a good, old fashioned picnic, and adding a few fun touches can make the day memorable. For one thing, I like to include my girls in making and packing what we’ll eat. We might bake little surprises to bring along or stop at a special patisserie on the way. Sometimes it’s as simple as packing the perfect picnic basket that makes the day out-of-the-ordinary. Here are a few fall picnic ideas to make your outing even more fun:
1. Pack a fall picnic blanket
There’s room for the whole family on this extra-large cozy and durable blanket. It’s made for fall weather with polar fleece, and is prepared for inevitable messes since it is machine washable. It easily rolls up and has a convenient carrying strap so you can keep your hands free. And it’s got reinforced, water-resistant backing so you don’t need to worry about wet grass.
2. Pick up a gorgeous picnic basket
This adorable 4-person picnic basket has everything you need to bring the party with you! It’s charming and stylish, while totally functional. Packing up this wicker basket will automatically signify to your kids that it’s picnic time and I’m willing to bet they’ll be excited to step away from screens for a little while to go out on an adventure! It even comes with a multifunctional corkscrew, four glass goblets and wine straps for when you want to make it a date night under the stars.
3. Serve on melamine serving plates
You would never know this gorgeous tableware is unbreakable! It’s perfect for stylish picnics with kids, not to mention much more environmentally friendly than disposable options. It’s great for parties, too, and for the times kids insist on helping in the kitchen (because you don’t have to worry about clumsy, little hands).
4. Drink out of acrylic drinkware
Again, these beautiful and unbreakable “glasses” bring color, fun and functionality to the picnic! The company even sells coordinating acrylic goblets and wine glasses. The vivid colors and fleur designs dress up the average day in the park.
5. Sparkling wine is always a good idea!
Kids or no kids, a packing a bottle of sparkling wine or champagne adds a touch of class to your fall picnic ideas! One of my favorites right now is Gruet Sauvage Non-Vintage from Gruet Winery in New Mexico. It’s 100% Chardonnay with no dosage, so it’s a bone-dry sparkler with bright citrus flavors. It pairs really well with oysters, sushi and cream sauces. Gruet Winery is a cult favorite in test kitchens, and has culminated the best wines for a fraction of the price of French Champagne and California sparkling wines, without sacrificing quality.
Whether you stray far from home or stick to the backyard, make your autumn outing a little more fun with these fall picnic ideas!
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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