In recent years picnicking has become an art form, from the blankets to the plating, even the wine cheese pairings can make or break your picnic experience. We decided to take a French flair to this American classic, because lets be honest, the French do it better. Follow these easy suggestions to have a perfect picnic, mon ami.

Suggested food items

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Crossiants
  • Butter and Jam
  • Baguette
  • Brie Cheese
  • Salami
  • Macaroons
  • Tartlets 
  • Wine
  • Sparkling French Soda

Don't forget a blanket and a picnic basket to carry your goodies in!

Having a picnic should be an easy-going but luxe experience. We suggest to break your meal down by courses. The first course should be light, so fruit is a must. Satisfy your hunger with a beautiful fruit salad using refreshing summer fruits. However, if you don't have time for that, mix strawberries and blueberries together, for a colorful collection of both sweet and tart flavors. Fresh croissants also add a nice buttery taste to your palate, and adding butter and jam is très délicieux! For the second course, it's time to break bread. Making a meat and cheese platter is simple. Brie and Gruyere is always a crowd favorite or you can spice it up with slices of salami. Olive oil is optional but always a good touch if you want to dip your bread.

Course three is dessert. Desserts are what the French are known for and have perfected, so getting various small bites are essential to a picnic. It provides enough sweets for the group and versatility. Personal favorites include almond tartlets and lemon meringue tartlets. Macaroons are a must, with a rainbow of flavors and colors there will be something for everyone and is the perfect finish to your Parisian picnic.

In addition to food, there are also a few other items to remember like using a good blanket. Investing in a thick blanket provides comfort and protection from ants invading your sweet treats. Music is a must at picnics, so try adding a few French tunes to really captivate the ambience. Games are always fun especially after a drink or two. If playing frisbee is less your speed, get inspired by the movie Marie Antoinette and play the "guessing game." Everyone writes a fictional character or person and everyone sticks a random name (no peeking) on their heads. They have to ask their friends questions about who they are and guess correctly, winner gets the last macaroon.

So gather some friends, food, and bon appétit!

--By Alexandra O'Neale