The Art Of The Vintage Picnic

The art of the vintage picnic is about embracing the elegance of presentation and creating an easy menu! The perfect vintage basket, utensils, and blanket can be found at rummage sales, local vintage shops, or your grandmother’s attic. This is a guide to create the ideal vintage inspired picnic atmosphere along with some tips for a simple picnic friendly menu.
Here are a few key aspects to planning the ideal vintage picnic:

1. The basket
Finding a vintage picnic basket is easier than you think! Once you have a basket on the brain and you attend every rummage sale you can find, you will find one! Bonus points if you can find a basket shaped just for pies!

2. The Blanket
The blanket is like the canvas for the art of the picnic itself. The pattern and color of the blanket will set the tone for the visual presentation. Vintage dining table cloths that are thick or have a tarp underneath will also work as a blanket.

3. The Utensils
Using vintage utensils in the basket actually make packing for the picnic much easier as most vintage plates and cutlery are much smaller and will fit easier, providing more space. Use the cloth napkins as separators for the breakables.

4. Mason Jars
Although mason jars are a trend these days, they make the perfect cup for any beverage you choose to enjoy on your picnic because they are stem-less and the lids make them spill proof! No one wants a stain on his or her perfectly curated vintage blanket!

5. Simple Menu
Keeping the food minimal allows you to focus mostly on the vintage presentation. A Baguette, fruit, and cheese with wine and pie for dessert makes for an easy and delicious fall picnic menu!

6. Location
Finding the perfect patch of grass to fashion a beautiful presentation is the final step to creating a vintage picnic! Kansas City has two great picnic spots to witness the changing colors of the leaves and the transition from warm to cool. The first is the lawn of the Nelson-Atkin’s Museum of Art, which fits seamlessly with paying attention to aesthetics, as you get to sit among the sculpture. The second favorite Kansas City picnic spot is Loose Park. The rose garden is beautiful in the fall and creates the perfect backdrop for an elegant vintage presentation.
The art of the vintage picnic can be achieved easily with the above 6 tips! For a little menu inspiration, here is a recipe for Fresh Dill Wrapped Goat Cheese that is exceedingly flavorful and most importantly, simple to make! ^

The Gourmet Glamping team, Lauren Hedenkamp and Sarah Terranova, became fast friends in Italy. They met studying in the same art and photo program and bonded quickly over their love of art and food. Lauren’s vintage camper Ellie serves as the backdrop for Gourmet Glamping.

Words Lauren Hedenkamp Photos Sarah Terranova