These Pics Will Make You Want To Have A Beach Picnic STAT
Tell me if I’m wrong, but the only thing better than a beach picnic in the middle of summer is one at the end of summer. Think about it: all the vacationing bodies are back to school and work, so there is no shortage of prime spots by the water where you can spread out, you can sit in the sun without perspiring profusely, but it’s still warm enough that a dip in the water feels like relief, and we’ll take any excuse to rock a cute cover up.
It’s quite possible though, that you’re not a pro at putting together a beachfront picnic, and let’s be honest, less than .01 percent of us are. Good thing then that we were able to find someone who actually knows how to do it right.
Shanan Campanaro is the founder and creative visionary behind the boho-chic home goods brand Eskayel—and when we say “boho-chic”, we actually mean boho-CHIC. Her ethereal, kaleidoscopic patterns took the design industry by storm when she first launched her company a few years ago. Since then, there have been many copy cats who try to emulate her style, but believe us when we say that she is OG.
When this super cool chick is not holed up in her Brooklyn studio coming out with new products and patterns, she spends a good amount of time entertaining and has perfected the art of throwing a party on the beach, or anywhere for that matter, and she makes sure to consider every aspect from the seating, to music, bust most importantly, the food. "When thinking up a food menu, consider having a nice selection of snacks and starters," she says. "A nice cheese and meat plate (with lots of dips, crackers, olives nuts and fruits and veggies) is always a great idea to ensure that none of your guests get too hungry. Then, lighter dishes like salads or pasta salad are enough." And whatever you do, don't over think the decor. "Its nice to have some flowers and herbs on hand to scatter around and make things look decorated but still effortless."
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Keep on reading for her checklist of tips and essentials for throwing the perfect picnic on the beach, and use these last warm weekends wisely.
If you’re doing something at the beach keep your setup practical. The less breakable things the better - enamelware works great for serving pieces and tableware.
Tin buckets are a nice option for drinks and ice.
Fruit is key to have whenever you’re entertaining in the summer. Freezing berries the night before keeps them cool and refreshing all day if you’re at the beach. You can eat them alone or add them to drinks! Other fruits that are simple to eat like watermelon wedges and orange wedges let people easily move around.
Music is a must for any party and I love to use Jawbone’s Jambox speakers. The sound is good and loud and the battery lasts all day – anyone can connect their phone to play their music via Bluetooth! The little Jambox is great for a smaller group and the larger one for a big gathering.
Although a beach picnic is nice to host midday if you bring lots of items that provide shade, I love to entertain during the early evening in the late summer because it’s still light out, but not overwhelmingly hot. It’s an easy way to avoid the sun beating down on you and your guests.
For décor, you want to stick with things that are easily transportable and not breakable, like wood or metal pieces.
I also love to use ikats and throw or floor pillows for a light and airy look. Vintage ikats are amazing because they are woven to be worn for a lifetime, so are super durable and washable.
For place settings, I love organic cotton napkins, and natural elements like crabs or sticks and shells from the beach to enhance the design.