We've got your picnic wedding menu AND the cute blankets to go with it

Updated May 21 2019
picnic wedding menu
Photo from A sunny picnic wedding with lawn games and love by Carly Bish and Chantal Andrea

Thinking about a picnic-themed wedding? You're probably gonna want a picnic wedding menu to go with it.

You've seen our menus for afternoon wedding teas and the wedding menu for (just about) every diet, right? Well, here's one fit to share on an adorable blanket on a green summer lawn somewhere… complete with a suggestion or two for picnic blankets and baskets at the end!

Wilted salad

picnic wedding menu
A wilted salad is an elegant (but not vegetarian-friendly!) option for a picnic salad. Photo by Stacy Spensley

Fresh fruit

picnic wedding menu
Fruit salads are awesome, but think about fruit you can handle with fingertips: whole strawberries, raspberries, and grapes, for example. Photo by Jennifer K. Warren

Cold fried chicken

kaffir lime fried chicken
Not everyone agrees BUT cold fried chicken is a picnic staple. The End. Photo by Andrea Nguyen

Chicken salad sandwiches

chicken salad sandwich
If you just can't stomach the idea of cold fried chicken, a chicken salad sandwich is an acceptable stand-in. Photo by Duncan Callow

Summer veg sliders

Breakfast @ Cafe Latte
You can go a million directions with a veggie slider, but this recipe from Campbell's sounded promising to me! Photo by Soon Koon

Baked beans

Cheater Baked Beans from Veganomicon (0014)
Vegan-friendly baked beans from the famous Veganomicon! Photo by Kelly Garbato


picnic wedding menu
What picnic is complete without homemade brownies? Photo by Olya Sanakoev

Cherry pie

A slice of Cherry Pie
You could always offer mini pies for easy, picnicky eating! Photo by Sam Howzit

Hot dogs and potato chips for the kiddos

hot dog
Whether you're into the idea of kids eating different food or not, it's tough to argue with hot dogs and chips as a regular picnic attendee. Photo by Stuart Spivak

Honey lemonade

Try honey in your lemonade instead of sugar! Photo by Barbara Mazz

Iced tea

Iced Tea
Now, I am partial to sweet tea myself, but no one will give you the side eye for offering unsweetened iced tea at a picnic — super refreshing! Photo by David

Bonus picnic basket and blankets!

Modcloth picnic blanket
You may not be ready to toss this blanket on the actual ground — but I couldn't resist the the tassel/stripe/teal/orange combo. A Pop of Cover blanket from Modcloth
Turkish throw from Williams Sonoma
Found you one on sale! The Turkish Lightweight Strip Throw from Williams-Sonoma
Pier 1 picnic basket
And finally… The Willow picnic basket from Pier 1

We know this menu isn't for every need out there — tell us how you would tailor this for your own wedding!

  1. I love the picnic blankets! They are the only things I had planned but forgot for my wedding day (which was completely awesome and perfect)…. I didn't have a picnic themed wedding, but I had a low key, intimate (but stylish!) wedding at a small venue with a gorgeous, grassy lawn on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Many guests skipped having their meal inside the venue and instead brought their plates outdoors to the patio. My husband and I loved that everyone felt relaxed enough to do that! The only things missing were these lovely picnic blankets. 🙂

  2. It's not picnic, but the most affordable catering option we found was for a backyard BBQ option- burgers, brats, salad and potato chips (and Butterbeer, because Harry Potter Wedding)
    It's nice because they will literally show up, serve food, clean up and leave us to party. Easy and minimal fuss for us!

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