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Cute Ways to Decorate Your Summer Picnic

Planning a summer picnic is probably one of the most fun and memorable ways you can spend a summer day. Plus, you can’t beat how easy it is to plan and coordinate a picnic.

Some may think that since the event is outdoors, there is no need for decorating - but we think decorating is a must no matter the occasion or location! So be sure you don't neglect the opportunity to personalize the pretty outdoor space you’ll be using.

We love the idea of customizing park area in which you'll be hosting your summer picnic with a few easy decorative touches. These simple ideas are easy enough to incorporate into your picnic.

Chalkboard Signs

Chalkboards are such a versatile item that is becoming a party planning must-have these days. Using colorful chalks, you can create a work of art to match any theme picnic whether it’s a patriotic picnic or a family reunion.  

summer picnic decor ideas with chalkboard

Make a sign for your picnic or write out some of the key party items from the menu you are serving. However way you choose to incorporate chalkboard at your picnic, be sure to have fun with your design!

Decorate the Trees!

If you are setting up your picnic under the cool shade of a big oak tree, here’s a cute way to dress it up! Paper lanterns are a whimsy way you can you add a sweet touch to your summer picnic like found here on DIY-Enthusiats.

tree paper lanterns for summer picnic decor

Drape paper lanterns around a big tree to party well into the evening hours after the sun sets.

An Old Fashioned Picnic Table

A simple picnic table cloth isn’t the only way you can decorate the old picnic table at the park. Rather than sitting on the green grass, utilize that wooden picnic table and decorate it to match your picnic.

picnic table runner idea

Add a runner on top of your picnic cloth and you’ve brought a dining table décor standard right outside. We love this idea found here to add your picnic spread another layer of décor. 

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