After summer comes fall, and while each season has its own beauty, autumn might be our favorite for planning a fall picnic.
Nature spreads out the perfect background for a picnic with bright colors, sunshine, cool breezes, and the smell of fallen leaves.
We just need to pack up the food and family or friends for a perfect day spent picnicking in nature. Here are our ideas to inspire you.
What should you bring to a fall picnic?
Fall days can start out warm and end chilly, so make sure to prepare for cooler weather! You can do this by serving hot drinks, bringing throw blankets, and providing a refuge from the wind!
Serve Hot Drinks
Whether you are a fan of hot chocolate, coffee, wassail, or mulled wine, a warm drink is always welcome at a fall picnic! If you set up your picnic with access to electrical outlets, you can set up a coffee urn to brew coffee or keep your favorite drink hot! If not, bringing a Yeti thermos will make sure you can still have hot drinks away from home.
Place Blankets at Each Spot
Bringing along extra throw blankets can be a thoughtful addition to your picnic setup. These fall-colored 100% cotton throws can add to the rustic look and the natural fibers will keep you warm! They can also be machine washed which is a plus!
Set-up a Tent
For a wind block, set up a tent to take some of the chills off. You will want to make sure your tent is well staked and weighted to keep it from collapsing on you and your guests! A tent with a warm picnic blanket to cover the floor and some throw pillows can be a cozy get-away from cold winds.
Add Festive Decor
- Indian corn
- Flannel patterns
Try wooden plates, flowers and kitchen towels
Stack crates as a base for decorations
Fall Picnic Outfit
Layer your outfit
Bring a hat
Take a scarf or wrap
Fall Picnic Food Ideas
- Caramel-covered apples
- Hot dog roasting station
- Chili bowls
- Cheese logs
- Chutney, hummus, or pickled veggies
- Apple Cinnamon muffins
- Butternut squash soup (serve hot or cold)
- Savory Muffins with Prosciutto & Chives
Fall picnic sandwiches
- Pimento Cheese
- Fig and Cream Cheese Sandwich
- Chicken salad pecan
- Smoked Brisket Tortas
- Philly-style Italian hoagie
- Pork-chop biscuit
- Salmon roasted apple and kale open-face
Fall picnic desserts
- Rhubarb cheesecake
- Carrot cake
- Chocolate cranberry brownies
- Apple pie pockets
- Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies
- Pecan bars
Keeping Food Cool
To make sure you keep foods out of the time-temperature danger zone, pack foods that don’t require refrigeration or plan enough cooler space to fit your food!
If you prefer to pack light, this Tourit cooler backpack is a great sidekick. Its efficient design can hold 36 cans (with room for ice). Its hardy insulation will keep food or drinks cold for up to 3 days!
Cool off drinks in a galvanized bucket
For a rustic look, a metal galvanized bucket is a great choice for an outdoor cooler. Once filled with ice, drinks can stay cold all afternoon. We love the design of this galvanized tub with a stand to make drinks easily accessible to guests. This model even includes a drink opener, making this a perfect drink bar!