Today I am sharing some fun decorating ideas for a patriotic picnic summer party. Use this inspiration to plan your picnic party for this 4th of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day. These ideas are also great for your home backyard bbq, park, or the beach.
Picnics are so much fun but this year I decided to share patriotic picnic ideas and to my surprise, I think this was the most memorable and special 4th of July picnic ideas I have ever created. I hope you find these fourth of July party ideas inspire you to create a fun event for friends and family.
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Years ago my girls and I created boho picnic styling inspiration. I had forgotten how much fun a picnic can be until this fourth of July picnic.
Patriotic Picnic Ideas
Let's jump right into the steps on how to create this red, white and blue picnic, and then at the end, I will share one very special detail that might make your patriotic celebrations even more amazing.
Most of what you need for this America's birthday picnic you may have laying around your house. Here is a checklist that will make packing much easier.
- Large blanket
- Smaller blanket or Turkish beach towel (if you plan to layer blankets)
- Large baskets or market basket
- Large pillows in white and smaller pillows in patriotic colors
- Mason jar (filled with oatmeal or rice)
- Betsy Ross mini flags
- Cutting boards or breadboards
- Bottle drinks (Izze sparkling)
- Sliced meats, cheeses, fruit and crackers
Layered Picnic Blankets for Patriotic Celebration
Layering anything is trending right now from layered rugs to layered art so why not layer some blankets as we did in these photos.
Simply lay one larger blanket down on the ground then lay another blanket on an angle on top of it. I used a white sheet on the bottom but a bleached drop cloth works even better and on the top blue and white stripe small blanket with small blue tassels on the corners. This idea lays the foundation for a patriotic feel.
Picnic Baskets for Fourth of July Party
Once you arrive at your location and you unpack all your goodies simply turn your crate over and use it as a table.
Then prop pillows against the larger baskets. Use red, white and blue pillows and if you have any pillows with starts or American flags use them too. All these pillows I use for patriotic decorations in my home.
Now that you have staged the larger pieces let's add food and accessories.
What food do you bring on a picnic?
There are so many wonderful food ideas for a picnic. Sandwiches wrapped in paper, chips, hot dogs, and hamburgers but my personal favorite is a charcuterie board.
Let me recommend before you leave home to create a charcuterie board. We filled our board to the brim with salami, prosciutto, crackers, several different kinds of cheese like smoked gouda and gruyere, strawberries, blueberries, and grapes.
My nieces made the delectable food board which added so much to the patriotic picnic.
Once you have the board completed wrap it up real good with saran wrap and do not remove the wrap until it is time to eat. This will keep bugs off your food while you are setting up.
Patriotic Decoration Ideas for Picnic
Next, for a simple DIY fourth of July decorations. Bring a mason jar or any jar and fill it with oatmeal, rice, or anything that will hold some small American flags in place. I love history so I thought it would be fun to add some Betsy Ross flags instead of our current flags.
Once you have your flags in place drop in some sparklers for later when the sun starts going down and don't forget to bring a lighter.
I mainly picked these Izze sparkling grapefruit drinks because I thought they were cute but to my surprise, they were very tasty and they don't have added sugar which is a bonus.
Add some more red, white, and blue decorations here and there. Different size flags are fun and banners are great too. A star-spangled banner would but very cute. But if you have a flag pillow or one with stars that are the icing on the cake if you know what I mean.
So now that we have all the decorations planted its time to celebrate and enjoy a day with family and friends.
Time to Celebrate Independence Day
Unwrap your charcuterie board.
Pour drinks or hand out the bottles of soda and plates and napkins.
And enjoy the day!
After everyone has eaten you might find they enjoy the pillows for a little rest and relaxation.
What do you do at a picnic?
There are so many fun things to do at a picnic like play Frisbee and other games, fly a kite, people watch, sing songs and a personal favorite take a nap.
So you are probably wondering what made this patriotic picnic extra special. Well, this was a girls weekend with my sister and nieces to Charleston, South Carolina. Since we are all practicing social distancing we thought a patriotic spirit picnic would be fun.
But the extra special part of this picnic is its location. We set up in Battery Park White Point Gardens where we were sandwiched between swoon-worthy old homes and the Atlantic ocean.
This spot was charming! We set up a couple of hours before sundown to take advantage of cooler temperatures. Honestly, it was cooler but still hot but not as hot as midday.
These fourth of July picnic ideas are perfect for any outdoor space like a home picnic or a magical park like the Battery in Charleston. They will make this independence day celebrations so special.
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- Begin by prepping your food at home and packing everything in baskets. We used salami, prosciutto, two cheese, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, and crackers. Wrap the board well for transportation.
- Lay the largest blanket down first the at an angle place the top blanket.
- Unpack all the items from the baskets and crate. Turn the crate upside down so it can act as a table. Place the charcuterie board on the crate along with the mason jar filled with oatmeal or rice and the Betsy Ross flags and sparklers.
- Next, prop the pillows up again the baskets. Use a flag pillow as another patriotic decoration and use a banner if you have a place to hang it.
- Place a breadboard or another cutting board on another corner. Place your drinks on that board.
- Unwrap the charcuterie board and sit it in the middle of the picnic blanket. Pass out small white paper plates, cocktail napkin, and drinks.
- Enjoy visiting with family and/or friends while nibbling on the charcuterie board. Play some music and relax.
Don't forget the bug spray, hats, and sunglasses. Have a few extra in case a guest forgets theirs.