7 Tips For A Successful Outdoor Picnic With Kids

Mommy and Me Outdoor Picnic

The other day, my friends Blakeley, Lauren and I planned a little Mommy + me outdoor picnic with our girls. The weather here in Utah is seriously bipolar sometimes, with sun, rain, cold, hot, but we picked a great day and time as the weather was warm and dry. It was a fun little outing where the girls got to play together and eat some delicious foods while the mamas got to chat and hang out.

For this post, I just wanted to share some tips I’ve come up with how to make your outdoor picnics successful!Styled picnic Gathre matToddler girl picnic

7 Tips For A Successful Outdoor Picnic With Kids

1. Pick a kid-friendly location. My favorite place for a picnic is a park. There’s usually big shaded trees (if it gets too hot), it’s open to the public, and once the kids are done eating, they can go get their energy out at the playground.

2. Bring finger foods. For our little party, we brought a variety of fruits, cheeses and pastries for the kiddos to munch on. These foods are so easy to prepare and so easy for kids to just pick up and eat. They don’t make a terribly huge mess (like a sandwich might for younger kids), so finger foods are best. 

3. Drinks with straws. Bring water, fruit infused water, juice, lemonade in cute little milk jugs and pop in a straw for an easy to access drink.

4. Make it cozy. For seating, we laid out a large Gathre mat on the ground, added a pouf and some pillows to make it cozier and more comfortable. We decided to forgo actual chairs and just have our picnic on the ground, it was way easier this way and so fun!

5. Simple decorations. That macrame runner was my friends and I kind of need one in my life. It’s a great little “table runner” and really makes the setting beautiful. Add a few vases with tiny flowers to really brighten up the picnic setting. 

6. Entertainment. Whether you blast tunes, play a game, or have your picnic near a playground, make sure there is something to keep the kids entertained once all the food has been spoken for.

7. Prepare for cleanup. Make sure have wipes or towels on hand for any messes made to your “tablescape”. Keep plastic bags handy or bring a trash bag to throw away any leftover food or towels, especially if you are further away from a public trash can.

Mommy and Me Outdoor Picnic
Mommy and Me Outdoor Picnic Mommy and me style

Baby wearing Les Petit Darlings Mommy and me style
Mommy and Me Outdoor Picnic Picnic with little girls

My outfit:

Dress: Ace & Jig
Sandals: Kandelphy
Watch c/o Daniel Wellington (take 15% off with code SANDY2016)

Vivian’s outfit:

Romper c/o Les Petits Darlings
Clogs: Old Navy
Headband: Free Babes Handmade


Mat: Gathre
Bag: Urbana Sacs
Pastries: Gourmandise

Photography by Pierson Photo Company

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7 Tips To A Successful Outdoor Picnic With Kids


  1. May 11, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    Thank you for those tips. Gorgeous outfits everyone!

  2. May 15, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    What beautiful pictures for a lovely day! Thanks for sharing your helpful tips too. Pinned to share. Thank you for linking up with us this week for Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  3. May 16, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    Beautiful photography. Great advice for the picnics. They are a lot of work with little ones but you guys have it down for sure!

  4. May 19, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Such a good idea. A great idea on give more fun outdoors this summer.

  5. May 19, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    It’s been way too long since I took my girls on a picnic! Thanks for the inspirations and the great tips! Thanks also for sharing them with us at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo

  6. May 24, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    Thank you for inspiring me to go on a picnic this weekend!! Such helpful tips to remember with the kiddies!

  7. May 25, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing your lovely post on your party this week. Please come back again next week! #HomeMattersParty

  8. May 25, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing your blog post on the party this week. Please come back again next week! #HomeMattersParty

  9. May 28, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    Some great ideas! Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerFunFriday

  10. August 4, 2020 / 12:01 pm

    wow, amazing article. It will really help people.

  11. August 10, 2020 / 1:00 am

    Wow this is article is just impressive with the help of so cute kids makes more perfect thanks for sharing

  12. January 1, 2021 / 10:09 am

    Thats an amazing article. My younger brother;s birthday is coming. I will follow this. Thanks again.

  13. February 6, 2021 / 2:14 am

    Wow thanks for sharing this awesome info with us enjoyed every bit of it.

  14. February 9, 2021 / 1:24 am

    Wow this article is really very informative and interesting article for all readers.. Bcz it is based on the family outdoor picnic..
    Thanks for sharing such family related articles to us.. Reading of this article is full of love and family care..
    Thank you..

  15. March 14, 2021 / 1:52 am

    Thanks for the lovely and detailed article about outdoor activities.

  16. March 14, 2021 / 1:56 am

    That’s very helpful tips for us, very impressive article, keep continue.

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  18. May 11, 2021 / 5:58 am

    Amazing Article. Everyone has an amazing outfits. These all tips are soo helpful.

  19. June 20, 2021 / 2:21 pm

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  20. June 29, 2021 / 2:12 pm

    Article. Everyone has an amazing outfits. These all tips are soo helpful

  21. July 12, 2021 / 12:03 am

    Gosh, such amazing pictures ❤️ It looks like a catalogue for a calendar.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  22. August 21, 2021 / 2:40 am

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  23. November 6, 2021 / 9:26 pm

    Informative post about sucessful outdoor picnic with kids. Thanks for sharing such an awesome article with us. Hope other readers also might find your blog content as useful.

  24. November 13, 2021 / 10:44 pm

    Great post, I appreciate you and I would like for sharing this useful information.

  25. December 2, 2021 / 10:59 pm

    I’m really pleased I came upon this article. I’m always looking for new ideas to make my picnics with the kids more fun.

  26. March 22, 2022 / 3:59 pm

    Great article
    I will share this info with my family and recommend them to visit your blog

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