Fall is one of my favorite times to bring friends together. The weather is perfect for seasonal layers + the changing leaves make for a beautiful backdrop. Fall is all about new beginnings + intimate gatherings. And what better way to enjoy the season than to get out in all its glory?
A fall picnic might seem like a lot of work but truly, they are insanely easy. Regardless if it’s a neighborhood park, a hike through the hills or just stepping out to the backyard, get outside to host your friends for a fall picnic.
One of the most important elements to any get together are the food + drinks. It is what every guest is looking for the moment they arrive. Likewise, the food + drinks should be easily accessible + appropriate for the occasion or venue.
For example, don’t serve messy snacks at a cocktail party. No one wants to get their nice clothes dirty with a greasy slider. If your event has limited seating, serve food that can be easily consumed standing + without silverware. I think we have all been to events where you have to over-think the food options because they pose too much difficulty.
The same rules apply when hosting a picnic. All your food options should be easy to transport. Likewise, I would suggest serving options that taste great at room temperature. Make one item in advance that you can easily package up. Then, a couple store-bought items will round out your menu.
Here are a few of my favorite simple + tasty snacks for a fall picnic. They come together in no time at all but will make for a great meal to enjoy the beautiful crisp, fall air.
Simple + Tasty Fall Picnic Ideas
hearty vegetable soup: soup on a cool day is about as easy + delicious as it comes. Make a big pot, chocked full of seasonal ingredients + ladle into a thermos to keep warm. My personal choice… minestrone or a potato leek.
apples + oranges: this seems almost dumb to include but say ‘yes’ to seasonal fruit. No chopping or slicing required. Plus, they look beautiful in brown paper bags, just waiting to be plucked up + enjoyed.
seasoned popcorn: there is something about popcorn that is universal. To elevate it just a notch, try mixing it with rosemary + parmesan, smoked paprika or my latest obsession, a big bag of popcornopolis’ kettle corn.
salami + brie sandwiches: a fresh baguette filled with a few slices of salty salami + creamy brie is one of my favorite combinations. Not to mention, they are easy to transport + taste delicious at room temp.
dried fruit + nuts: again, a delicious snack that requires zero prep. Salty + sweet combinations like trail mix or gorp are my favorite but a tin full of dried fruit is always a crowd pleaser too.
don’t forget the drinks. I am a huge fan of boxed wine for its transport-ability. A thermos with hot chocolate or cider is a great option too. I don’t want to sound like a booze-hound but having a flask to spike your drink is never a bad idea. Bonus points… it gets lighter the more you drink!
What are some of your favorite picnic snacks? How do you suggest transporting food + drinks?
Photos by ana from rosemary and rye.