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Picture-Perfect Labor Day Picnic

Picture-Perfect Labor Day Picnic on EyeSwoon

Recently we shared a roundup of stunning yet simply prepared Labor Day recipes to help you stress less and relax more over the long weekend. Well, besides the low-labor factor, another benefit of easy meals is — they’re perfect for a picnic! So, here in part two of our Labor Day series we’re sharing some inspiring outdoor spreads to help you bid summer adieu in the loveliest Labor Day style. Whether you’re dining by land or by sea, or anywhere in between, below are some clever and crazy-pretty ideas to adopt for your own gathering.

Picture-Perfect Labor Day Picnic on EyeSwoon
Picture-Perfect Labor Day Picnic on EyeSwoon

Above: Athena’s paella cookout with friend and neighbor Jodi Moreno of What’s Cooking Good Looking reminds us it’s possible to get crafty and cook at your destination — even if you’re headed to beach — instead of having to prep your food beforehand. And, a sturdy and attractive surface like the wood board shown is a stellar solution in lieu of a table!

Image via EyeSwoon

Picture-Perfect Labor Day Picnic on EyeSwoon

Above: So many amazing ideas here. Wearing your favorite flats, using a wooden caddy to tote all that lemonde, and bundling your bamboo flatware all make your outing feel extra special. For sources, visit Jenni Kayne’s blog, Rip & Tan.

Image via Rip & Tan

Picture-Perfect Labor Day Picnic on EyeSwoon
Picture-Perfect Labor Day Picnic on EyeSwoon

Above, left: Rule of thumb for an atmospheric picnic? Pack a beautiful blanket. It sets the scene for your whole gathering.

Above, right: Brilliant — pack shears so you’re free to forage any fruits and florals you may come across.

Image via The Fresh Exchange and Our Food Stories

Picture-Perfect Labor Day Picnic on EyeSwoon

Above: A picnic is a great time to put all those gorgeous textiles to good use. Throws, rugs, tablecloths, cushions, floor pillows, and linens will have you sitting pretty.

Image by Alice Gao for Refinery29

Picture-Perfect Labor Day Picnic on EyeSwoon
Picture-Perfect Labor Day Picnic on EyeSwoon

Above, left: Planning a handsome yet manageable meal under the sun is all about mixing indoor-worthy serving pieces with smart solutions. Rolling down paper bags and using them for food is both lightweight and lovely.

Above, right: Contrast is key in design, and incorporating the concept when picnic-ing is such a thoughtful touch. Here a black blanket and warm basket pop atop the sand.

Images via Local Milk and Sarah Sherman Samuel

Picture-Perfect Labor Day Picnic on EyeSwoon

Above: The sweetest setup for a picnic for two — bring a tiny table, chairs, and a tablecloth and you’re ready for a sit-down meal wherever strikes your fancy.

Image via Adventures in Cooking

Picture-Perfect Labor Day Picnic on EyeSwoon
Picture-Perfect Labor Day Picnic on EyeSwoon

Above, left: Have a fold-up table, but no chairs? No problem. Set up buffet-style service to elevate your picnic experience.

Above, right: It’s possible to picnic just about anywhere. Instead of sticking to the park or a, find any scenic spot

Images via Little Upside Down Cake and Twigg Studios

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