Do you love spending time outdoors surrounded by nature? Do you enjoy a good picnic? If so, then you'll love bohemian (boho) picnics! A bohemian picnic is a perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors and relax with friends or family. In this guide, we will teach you everything you need to know about creating the perfect bohemian picnic!
The history and meaning of Bohemian
The word "bohemian" is often used to describe unconventional people who indulge in wild activities. The word itself comes to us via French; this label was initially given to Roma gypsies because they originated from central Europe -in Bohemia!
Merriam Webster dictionary defines bohemian as
a person (such as a writer or an artist) living an unconventional lifestyle usually in a colony of others. (1)
The Bohemians are often seen as the anti-establishment, counterculture group. They live life on their terms and express this through free love or frugality with simple living choices.
What is Bohemian style?
Bohemian styles are defined by a lack of structure, opting instead for carefree layers of pattern, texture, and color... The core of the bohemian aesthetic is that it's personal and relaxed. Boho styles are not styled for any other person's enjoyment but your own. (2)
says Vevano home and Interior design.
Bohemian living is not just about the style of your home or clothes but a lifestyle choice. It is about being connected to nature and appreciating the arts.
What is a Boho Picnic?
A bohemian (boho) picnic is a type of picnic that is inspired by the bohemian free spirit artist lifestyle.
It combines eclectic styles, bright colors, comfort, and great food. Boho picnics can be simple or very elaborate.
The most common characteristics of a boho picnic are a mini picnic table, pillows, rugs, and colorful throws.
How do you decorate a Boho Picnic?
To decorate a boho picnic can be as simple or as elaborate as you want them to be.
The bohemian style mixes and matches colors, textures, and patterns. When decorating your boho picnic, start with a blank canvas like a white tablecloth or sheet. Then add in colorful pillows, rugs, and throws.
Use different textures to create interest, such as fur, cotton, linen, and wool. Don't be afraid to mix prints! Polka dots, stripes, florals, and geometrics work together in bohemian style.
What food do you serve at a Boho Picnic?
The best part of any picnic is the food! When it comes to boho picnics, there are no rules for the types of food. But if you have dairy or any kind of meat on the menu, make sure to keep it cool in a cooler or picnic basket with ice packs.
Some of our favorite boho picnic recipes include:
- Grazing boards with fruit and cheese
- Grilled vegetables with hummus
- Antipasto skewers
- Mediterranean pasta salad
- Chocolate dipped strawberries
Drinks for your picnic should be just as fun and festive as the food! Consider serving summertime favorites like sangria, mojitos, or margaritas. Or keep it simple with cold brew coffee, lemonade, or iced tea.
Some delicious combinations include:
- Blueberry mint water
- Pineapple cucumber water
- Strawberry basil water
Don't forget the most critical part of any boho picnic...ambiance!
What is ambiance?
The ambiance is the feeling or mood that is created by your surroundings. In other words, it's the atmosphere of your picnic!
There are a few things you can do to set the perfect bohemian picnic vibe:
- Use bright colors and patterns in your decorating
- Play music on a portable speaker
- Hang string lights or lanterns
- Bring flowers or plants for decoration
- Set up a hammock, tent, or teepee
When it comes to picnicking, the sky is the limit! So get creative and have some fun with it. The most important thing is to relax and enjoy spending time with friends and family.
Plan out your picnic
Picnics are a lot of fun, but they can be a lot of work. So to make your life a little easier, I've put together a simple step-by-step guide for planning your boho picnic:
Pick a date and a beautiful location that inspires you.
Create a menu for your picnic. Choose foods that reflect your bohemian style, such as sandwiches on artisan breads, salads with interesting dressings, cheese boards with fruit jams/jellies.
Make a list of all the ingredients to know what to buy at the store.
Always create a backup plan in case the weather doesn't cooperate.
Send out invitations to your friends and family, and get everyone excited for the picnic!
Now that you have planned the picnic, it's time to start gathering some inspiration. Get inspired by boho-style picnics on Pinterest or Instagram. And don't forget to have fun with it! After all, that's what picnicking is all about.
Here are some decoration ideas:
Incorporate eclectic elements into your picnic, including vintage plates and cups, mismatched napkins and silverware, flowers in jars, and string lights.
Keep it comfortable with plenty of pillows and blankets.
If you can, use natural materials such as bamboo, wood, or stone for your table, chairs, and decor.
Choose bright colors and patterns for your picnic blanket and tablecloth.
Hammocks and teepees are a great way to add some bohemian flair to your picnic. They also provide a cozy spot for napping in between bites of food.
What to wear at a Boho Picnic Party
A boho picnic is a perfect opportunity to dress in your favorite laid-back outfit. A flowy skirt or dress, a comfy pair of sandals, and a sunhat are all great choices.
You'll want to avoid anything too formal or stuffy – this is supposed to be a fun, relaxed outing! Keep it casual. If you can, accessorize with some flowers or colorful jewelry.
The best part about bohemian picnics is that they can be tailored to fit any occasion, whether you're celebrating a special birthday or just taking a lazy summer day.
You can ask your guests in the invitation to play along and give them a style guide so they can prepare. It's not necessary, but it can be a lot of fun!
Keep it fun
Picnics can get boring if there's not much to do. Bring games, frisbees, or other outdoor toys to keep everyone entertained.
The worst part about picnics
After everyone is full from eating and ready to take a nap, the cleanup can be a pain. Make sure you bring plenty of trash bags, paper towels, and a jug of water for washing hands and plates.
We recommend using an outdoor utility wagon to haul all your items to and from the picnic area. When it's time to leave you'll be glad you have the wagon.
Rent a luxury picnic for parties
Boho picnics are a lot of fun, but they're a lot of work too. We recommend renting a bohemian picnic party if you want to sit back and relax. With all the work done for you, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the day.
Luxury picnic companies accommodate birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, proposals, and holidays. The best place to find them is on Instagram or do a Google search for a pop up picnic or luxury picnic in your city. Price will vary depending on the number of people and options available.
What picnics are all about
Planning a picnic may seem like a lot of work, but it's worth it in the end. Not only is it a fun way to spend an afternoon with your friends or family, but you can also show off your creative side by planning a beautiful and unique spread.
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Merriam Webster Dictionary - https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bohemian
Vevano Home Design Services - https://vevano.com/resource-center/home-interior-styles-bohemian-design/
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