An Idyllic Spring Picnic

At Gardenista, we believe that a bicycle ride to a picnic is the essence of late spring. Here, we’ve demystified the perfect picnic, styled and photographed (except where noted) by Nikole Herriott, the creative force behind the shop and blog Herriott Grace. To read the full story, visit Gardenista.

Above: Buttery crackers, flor de sal, and fresh English peas scatter across table linens.

Above: An antique picnic table sets the tone for an afternoon meal on a vintage tin plates. For a simple picnic table, the Red Cedar Cross-Legged Picnic Tables, ranging in size from 4 to 10 feet long, are available from All Picnic Tables. Prices start at $479 for the 4-foot-long size; Cross-Legged Benches are available starting at $159 for the 4-foot-long size. Photography by Michael Graydon, styling by Nikole Herriott.

Above: Freshly-picked blackberries are gathered in a basket. Photograph via Caroline Gomez.

Above: Sandwiches and sparkling water to-go.

Above: The Peterboro Basket Company, located in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, teamed with Heath to create the Large Natural Picnic Basket; $72 at Heath Ceramics.

Above: The White Mixing Bowl from Emile Henry is made in France of ceramic stoneware; prices range from $19.95 to $49.95 from Sur la Table.

Above: For bring dishes to and from the picnic affair, the Steel Tiffin Lunch Box Set includes the full three stacks of containers for $85 from Design Within Reach.

The perfect picnic transportation, Public Bike’s Public M8 Eight-Speed City Bike model in powder blue is $995.

For other ideas on outdoor living, visit Gardenista.


Dale Overall

Picnics are fabulous but one doesn't really need advertising to have an article about could show delightful photos without a reference to price or product.

Tia Mitchum
Tia Phillips6 years ago

Love the pics and the ideas!! Really rustic and refreshing! All natural, love it!!

Vero Gall
Past Member 6 years ago

¬This article would have been improved with fewer advertisements and more ideas. What a waste of space. Care2 and it's editor failed at their job with this one in my opinion. For those who are looking for picnic ideas, here is a few:

Two-bite vegetables and dips. Make sure to use fresh, in-season ingredients. A lot of vegetables only need to be lightly steamed or blanched to make them perfect for a cold picnic. Make sure it’s a mix of different colors, shapes and textures too. Some dips we use are various bottled salad dressings, tzatziki, salsa, tapenade, tahini, hummus, baba ganouj, aioli and guacamole. (To prevent browning add a tablespoon of mayonnaise to the guacamole then smeer some over the top. Mix just before serving.)

Tortilla wraps are another favorite with everyone. 4” tortillas make 2 wraps just the right size for adult finger food or child-size sandwiches. Our choices are guacamole, radishes & sprouts; cream cheese, mint & cucumber; old cheese, sweet mango chutney & lettuce; and for non-vegetarians turkey slices, cranberry compote, honey mustard & lettuce.

Lastly, it's fun to stuff celery or small bananas with peanut butter or cream cheese. Dip into individual servings of jam “dip” or chocolate spread. For adults the jam or chocolate can be made exotic with a touch of fruit- or chocolate liqueur. Fruit slices can also be used with the dip.

Abbe A.
Azaima A6 years ago


Ela V.
Ela V6 years ago

The images look just like my countryside house by the lake. I love the article.

Silas Garrett
Silas Garrett6 years ago

I like picnics... but see no reason to acquire all these things. I don't find that these ad posts really fit in with the tone of Care2. These seem to be about conspicuous consumption, whereas most of the rest of Care2 is about living in harmony with the land and other people. I really don't get all this... despite enjoying a good picnic now and again. A simple blanket and a bag of food will suffice, thank you.

Anne G.
Anne G6 years ago

Is this a big ad or what? I do like picnics though.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers6 years ago

Picnics are fun.

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V6 years ago

To each their own.
I find this pathetically commercialized.
A picnic in my backyard surrended by perennials is more my idea of a piucnic, or a blanket on the living room floor on a rainy day.

Sandi C.
Sandi C6 years ago

I miss having picnic's.