Having a popup picnic is a huge trend right now. Whether you’re planning one for a birthday, a bridal shower, a proposal, a just plain get-together, or anything in between, popup picnics are a great way to get outside and have a luxury experience while feeling relaxed and enjoying some great bites. With the trend popping up heavily on the West Coast, it is not something that cannot be done on the East Coast, and in Philly, I had the pleasure of having a Philly popup picnic that made me feel luxurious and oh-so-special.
LOCATION FOR YOUR POPUP PICNIC
Location can really inspire a picnic. In Philly and the surrounding areas, you can find a variety of different backdrops. You can venture out into Valley Forge and be surrounded by trees and natural elements or you can go into the city and settle in a grassy area along Benjamin Franklin Parkway and find yourself with a more urban backdrop. But overall, when it comes to setting up your let the location inspire you, but let your personal aesthetic guide how your popup picnic goes.
PLAN THE MEAL FOR YOUR POPUP PICNIC
Like many popup picnics, you may be able to book a popup picnic that comes with a few bites and drinks, but many often tell you to bring your own food. They focus on the setup and the decor, but the food and drink is something that they’ll leave to you.
When it comes to planning your meal for your little popup picnic, I suggest getting fresh and light food. Start with some fresh fruit, precut so you don’t have to worry about much mess later. I am one that loves strawberries, grapefruit, and grapes. You can also see what unique fruits you can find in local markets around Philly and maybe even finding fruits that match your aesthetic – a dragonfruit would have gone great with this set-up.
If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, sandwiches and/or charcuterie boards are always a great go-to. I suggest getting your board from Charcuterie Chic – a Philly & South Jersey business that creates immaculate boards for every occasion.
There’s so much fun that you can have when it comes to putting together your luxury picnic, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll enjoy having others do the heavy lifting when it comes to decor and putting it all together. But also keep in mind, there are some things that you’ll want to bring yourself. So here’s a list of things that you’ll want to bring for your popup picnic experience.
What To Pack For Your PopUp Picnic
- A bottle of rosé or wine
- Wine Opener
- Cutlery for the Charcuterie Board
- Picnic Basket (to pack up and bring your food and drinks!)
- Cutting Board
- Cheese (cheddar, pecorino, etc)
- Biscuit / Crackers
- Fresh Fruit (I suggest having it sliced ahead of time for less mess)
- Sweets (if it’s someone’s birthday)
- Bluetooth Speaker
- Portable Fan