How To Have A Socially Distant Picnic

Jessica Camerata enjoying Babylonstoren wine
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summer picnic ideas

Right now many of us are coming up on 30 or 40 days of staying home. While some states have strict restrictions like wearing a mask no matter where you are in public, and some, like Georgia, are just about fully back to normal (insert eye roll). So today’s post is to be adjusted according to what your state is doing. Or if you’re lucky to have a backyard, a new idea for spending your lunchtime.

As someone who’s been self-isolating solo, FaceTime with friends, long walks with Pork, and waving to my neighbors from a safe distance has been my only social interactions these days. I’m starting to crave more time with my friends. With that, doing a socially distant picnic is a great way to get in a little girl talk while also staying safe.

How To Have A Socially Distant Picnic

Bring Out The “Special Occassion” Wine

Bring out your fancy wine. I mean why are we holding onto the expensive wine and fancy candles and not enjoying them, right? Now’s the time to indulge a little in those things that you’ve been holding on to for “a special occasion”. Well now’s the time! I had these Babylonstoren wines in my fridge that I was saving since they’re a bit nicer than my usual under $10 wine. So time to bring them to the picnic!

Support Local Restaurants

Instead of cooking for your picnic (you could totally whip up this easy spread) why not support a local restaurant and order take out. If you’re meeting up with friends for a picnic, you can each bring something from your favorite restaurant. No arguing over where to order from! It’s a win win. In Atlanta, we have tons of wonderful restaurants doing take out and even offering drinks to-go too. One of my favorite spots, Whiskey Bird, is serving up their frosé and orange dreamsicles for take out. They’re to die for.

Bring A Big Blanket

If each person brings their own big blanket, you’ll be able to mark your spot so you keep your safe distance. But having a great picnic blanket to lay out on and set your things on is the essential part of a picnic if you ask me. You can also be super fancy and get yourself a picnic basket.

Atlanta Restaurants Doing Take Away

There are tons of amazing restaurants doing take away and or delivery around town. I wanted to share a few of my favorite local spots to support during this time. Skip the chain restaurants if you can, it’s these small businesses that are hurting the most that could use your support. If you’re also able to order directly through the restaurant, that is ideal. The big delivery companies take a big cut. This extra step can mean huge savings for these small restaurants.

  • Souper Jenny’s (delivery only)
  • Whiskey Bird
  • Storico Fresco
  • Bocca Luppo
  • Superica
  • Alon’s Bakery
  • Star Provisions
  • Empire State South
  • Bar Mercado
  • Bell Street Burritos
  • a Mano
  • Folk Art
  • Woods Chapel BBQ
  • Junior’s Pizza
  • Fellini’s Pizza
  • Mission + Market
  • Chai Pani
  • Little Tart Bakeshop (baked goods)
  • Buttermilk Kitchen (brunch)

Photos by Hannah Lozano

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 4.29.20
    Rachel said:

    Love this post, Jessica! Chris and I have been trying to do picnics (with wine, of course!) in the Boston Common or along the Charles River to give us a little bit more normalcy and fresh air. Definitely ordering take-out from our favorite restaurants next time!


  2. 4.30.20
    Lisa Autumn said:

    Oh I just love this idea!

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  3. 4.30.20

    I just love this idea

  4. 4.30.20
    Natalia said:

    I love this idea, already pinned it to my quarantine board, and I’m very eager to try this out to change my daily scene.