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Cute Picnic Ideas With a Southern Charm That you Will Love

If you want to impress your guests for a fun gathering, Here are some cute picnic ideas that will be fun, unforgettable and amazing..



I love planning outdoor parties and setting a beautiful table. Living in the coastal Carolina provides a gorgeous back drop of oak tress and lush plants. with that in mind you don’t need many decorations. For my cute picnic idea, I used a large picnic table located in a park setting near my home.  If you want to create a cute picnic table for your family and friends keeping reading.


Supplies For Cute Picnic Ideas

  • Tablecloth
  • Picnic Table or Outdoor Table
  • China
  • Centerpiece
  • Lanterns
  • Succulents
  • Table Cloth
Supplies for cute picnic ideas


I wanted to add some colorful picnic decorations to give the table a wow factor. For a last-minute picnic table ideas, I think any bright colorful tablecloth would do the trick as well.

  1. I started with a stenciled picnic blanket as the tablecloth.

2. For a picnic centerpiece, I added two large lanterns with lots of succulents scattered around the table. I have been decorating with them lately and these little succulent candles are so cute.

3. For more picnic supplies I added my favorite William Sonoma plates and their crystal goblets that can be used for water, wine or lemonade. To make it even more stylish I added vintage silverware.

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  1. I love your table setting nestled among the moss covered trees. I’m impressed with your DIY tablecloth from a tarp. The yellow pops of color accent your dishes and lantern centerpiece. Succulents were the perfect choice of plant material for a summer alfresco tablescape.
    I had trouble with the first comment freezing up but a second try was successful.

    1. Bonnie, thank so much, this has been the handiest project I have made and its really has been useful too. I like those kinds of projects. Its a pleasure to have been in this challenge with you all.

  2. Your table setting is awesome! What I love most about it is the simplicity and how it’s nestled among a naturalized, beautiful landscape. It looks so earthy and relaxed. How pretty!

  3. Maria, love the sunshiny yellow stenciled cloth you used as your base. That setting is perfect with the dripping moss on the old tree, the water in background…..not much more is needed to make the perfect alfresco setting. The succulents and lanterns, though, are nice touches. Summer at its best!

  4. What a beautiful and serene setting! Love the tree limb covered in Spanish moss, almost like a natural chandelier! The simplicity of your table is actually quite elegant, lovely!

  5. You know that I’m going to shower you with praise for how simple, stunning, and idyllic this is — right?! Man, I wish I lived in area with such stunning landscaping, half the work of setting ambiance is already done for you! The yellow was a natural, and great, choice for the tablecloth, and everything else works so beautifully.
    Well done, friend!

    1. Thanks so much,coming from you such a great compliment! I know I am lucky but the weather here is hot! So yo have to like the heat to stay outside! I have grown to like that including the (no seums) bugs!

  6. Maria, I love the simplicity of your tablescape! The Spanish moss is a good backdrop. I also have lots of Spanish moss growing on my shade trees…well, at least those shade trees that hurricane Irma didn’t take down. LOL Brilliant idea with the tarp for your tablecloth…I used paint tarps for the “curtains” on my lanai and they were such a bargain and have held up well. Yellow is one of my favorite colors. Great job.

    1. Kari

      Sorry for the delay but found this message in my spam! Yeah the trees were lucky tha Hurricane irma did not take them down. They are pretty old trees, so there tough!Thanks for the love on this post! I truly enjoyed this picnic. Have a great week!

  7. Maria, what a romantic, laid~back, Southern setting. The stenciled tablecloth is stunning ~ I need to make one. The lanterns are wonderful, again they have a soft, natural feel. The succulents fit in perfectly in the surroundings. Beautiful job.

  8. Simplicity at it’s best! What a gorgeous setting under the moss covered tree. Those lanterns are absolutely beautiful. The stenciled tarp is lovely. Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. What a gorgeous setting with Spanish moss dripping from the tree. Your stenciled tarp is fabulous. I enjoyed stenciling for years and should get back to it. The succulents and lanterns add beautiful details. It has been a fun week blog hopping with you!

  10. You win hands down for the setting —- you had me with the Spanish moss! What a fabulous setting, like in a movie set or in Southern Living. Bravo!

  11. Your setting is very pretty, very romantic looking. Your stenciled tarp makes a great outdoor tablecloth and I am crushing on your picnic basket!! What a wonderful place to have a summer lunch!

    1. What a sweet thing to say! This has been such a wonderful group of ladies! I truly appreciate all the love from you and everyone else.

  12. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    I have to agree with everyone else. Your table looks beautiful nestled under the tree with Spanish moss. I love the sunshine yellow color that you stenciled on your tablecloth. This is the perfect summertime table!

  13. Maria, picnics are a favorite summer activity and I must say you have an idyllic setting for your tablescape! And, I also think that setting a pretty table for a picnic is a must! We often get people stop and comment on wanting to sit and eat with us when we picnic in the park!! Your stencilled tarp is such a striking backdrop for the simple and elegant place settings. Your lanterns are stunning and I love the succulents too! I am not sure I would ever want to leave the shade of those beautiful trees draped with Spanish moss!

    1. Thanks Maureen, I am lucky to have pretty nature around, less stuff to carry around! I am glad to hear that picnics are something you enjoy too.
      Have a great week.

    2. Maureen
      Sorry I just saw this comment in my spam! thanks for the nice message! The stenciled tarp was a fun project to do and would love to make more of them in different color.Have a wonderful week!

  14. Oh my goodness! While checking on everyone else, it seems I forgot to comment on your tablescape! First, I want to thank you for once again joining us in a tablescape blog hop. You have so many talents you share here on Simple Nature Decor, but your tablescapes are one of those talents! Your setting for your stylish picnic table is right up my alley with all of that low country charm! The tiny succulents are cute, especially the little candle ones! I love seeing real crystal and china used in the out of doors, and your goblets are perfect! Thanks again!

    1. Hey sweet lady! I think you did comment but thanks again, I love this challenge and you are such a great hostess. Will do one hopefully in the fall. Hugs Maria

  15. Lovely, Maria… love those lanterns, and you’re getting a lot of use from your picnic blanket.:-)

  16. Hello Maria,
    Oh my such a stunning tablescape in such a stunning setting. You live in paradise, don’t you?? Love these charming Lanterns and all of the details of your table!

    1. Thank you my dear friend! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! I am still so excited about your show! Hugs

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  18. Such a pretty setting for a picnic. It must be so cool in the summer by the falls.

  19. What an absolutely enchanting post! The Spanish moss on the trees makes a perfect backdrop for a gorgeous picnic. Thank you for the tips!

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