02 Aug Summer | Chic Picnic

How do you celebrate summer? Outdoor picnic is always one of the best options with such abundant beautiful parks and beaches to offer in our city. Dîner en Blanc  – one of the most hottest outdoor events in Canada is always highly anticipated and hard to reserve tickets. Boursin – proud sponsor of Dîner en Blanc gives my friend Wan @foodiecouver and I inspiration to throw our own picnic to get the same level of ultimate chic summer experience and you can replicate this Instagram worthy picnic all by yourself with these 6 simple tips.

1. Location – Avoid traffic and overcrowded parks.
Vancouver around summer time is packed with tourists and locals in the popular areas like Stanley Park, English Bay and Kitsilano Beach etc, Stay far from those places that everyone knows about and look for the hidden gems like this Deering Island Park in Southlands. It’s quiet in the residential neighbourhood and right by the water with gorgeous view. We hardly see anyone (especially if you would like to take some nice photos, there’s nobody watching you and wondering what are you doing). Street parking is right around the corner and it’s very important because you don’t have to carry all your heavy items and walk a long way from your car to the destination.

2. Props – Go both beautiful and functional.
Utilize vintage luggage or picnic baskets to carry the things you need instead of carrying with large recycling bags or boxes. They can be used as good photo props and also functional to carry the picnic necessities. Bring a few outdoor cushions to add more coziness to the setting also. Rugs look terrific on Pinterest but let’s be real, tablecloth is much more easy to carry and practical. A simple white table cloth will create a nice underlay for your vibrant food plates already. If you want to add more textures and contrast, simply throw on a patterned/coloured blanket or table linens.

3. Tableware – Mix and Match.
The most fun part is to mix and match with patterns and shapes, the spread will look more dimensional and interesting with varieties. If you have unmatched pieces (vintage even better) sitting in the kitchen cabinet, bring them out and they would look fabulous for this look. How about matching set? Let’s save it for a formal dinner party next time.

4. Food – Fresh and seasonal.
Pick up some local strawberries, grapes and blueberries to make a nice and easy fruit platter. Charcuterie plate with delicious cured meat and a mix of hard and soft cheese that you can also prepare a day ahead or on the same day. Boursin makes wonderful soft cheese, easy to spread on baguette and brioche or use as veggie dip. We bring the Basil and Chive herbs flavour and spread on delicious brioche from Beaucoup Bakery, it’s such a divine treat. Boursin cheese is made with 100% Canadian milk and comes in other flavours such as Garlic & Fine Herbs and Shallot & Chive. They are already well seasoned with packed of flavours that you don’t have to bring extra condiments. Instead of having cake for desserts, bring the one bite desserts like French macarons and no cutting required ones like mini lemon tarts. Put them on a cake stand and voila your picnic scene is instantly elevated and can’t be more French than that.

5. Drinks – Go icy and bubbles.
Veuve Clicquot Rich from their new collection is the ready to drink mixology champagne, simply pour them on ice and you have a perfect summer drink ready in 2 seconds. For kids friendly version we recommend mixing fruit juice with sparkling water and garnish with berries.

6. Wear – Say yes to a dress.
Believe it or not, wearing a maxi dress to picnic would be much more comfortable than you think. Remember you mostly sit on the ground, wearing jeans might be the worst and uncomfortable option. You should be feeling comfortable and dressy at the same time, wear something you can easily move around is the key and obviously you want to cover the belly after indulging in all these deliciousness. I’m wearing the lace dress from Anthropologie and you can shop my picks down below.

Wan @Foodicouver and I always have a Pinterest picnic goal in mind and we finally got to come together and create this French countryside inspired picnic. She is a talented food stylist, photographer and serious foodie. I can’t think of anyone else better to host this picnic together. She has an awesome eye on pretty things, just knows all the best places to get fresh groceries and has an amazing vintage collection of tableware she sourced all over the world.  If you have a chance, remember to check out her Instagram for more great recipes and food styling inspirations.

It’s always my dream to have a French countryside picnic and thank you Boursin for inspiring me to do this amazing spread and add a touch of chic to my summer picnic. With a few key tips you can also impress your friends and family with this irresistible picnic in Vancouver that you don’t have to fly all the way to Europe for getting the same vibe.

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