There’s something enchanting about new seasons. Fall happens to be one of my all-time favorites, and I don’t think I’m the only one. Don’t get me wrong; I love Summer. As a newlywed slowly but surely creating a home, there’s something cozy and refreshing about this time of year. I tend to love fall fashion trends the most. Plus Pumpkin and Chai flavored anything will be an all-time favorite until I’m dead. And like F. Scott Fitzgerald says, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

As seasons come and go, there seems to be a trend of hosting that awakens deep in the heart of this extroverted women. When Summer arrived, I was crazy about barbecuing with my globe lights showing off their glow, accompanied by the crackle of a bonfire. And now that it’s Fall, I can’t help but evolve the social gatherings into an intimate and cozy themed event. I can’t help but take advantage of the seasonal fruits and home decor trends. The DIY wreaths, home-baked apple pies and of course, the pumpkin spice latte.

Although dinners are a fabulous go-to and meeting at the local coffee shop is convenient and low maintenance. Picnics are an oldie, but goodie, that I’m bringing back to change up the whole game.

So, grab your gals and follow this a simple guide to hosting the perfect picnic.

Plan Your Props.
It sounds silly to go above and beyond picking out props for a picnic. I mean, a picnic? What more do you need than a couple of blankets and a basket? True. You can get away with a couple of blankets and a basket full of goodies. But you won’t regret going the extra mile to help create a perfect creative space to connect, grow and get inspired with some new and old girlfriends.  This can look like grabbing a couple of pallet boards to create a simple, vintage wooden table for everyone to gather around! Decorate with a few tea light candles, some blankets, and pillows. Add some mason jars and serving platters for your delicious treats.

Oh, yes. Food.
You can go all out with meal planning and home baked goods! Or, stop by your local Trader Joe’s and pick up some crackers, cheese, seasonal fruits and a bottle of Cider. Grab a simple Apple or Pumpkin Pie for everyone to split! If the load feels heavy, designate your gals to pick up different items.

Your picnic can be as low key. Your attendees will help you determine picnic activities. If I’ve invited several women I don’t know well, I can expect to spend time striking up some conversation to get to know them. But activities can look like anything! You could even have someone bring their camera and do a mini fall photo shoot! From natural discussion to art supplies for painting or hand lettering, you can make this whatever you want it to be! But out of all things to do, remember to have fun and be intentional! Don’t let it stress you out too much, and don’t worry about pleasing others. If you’re not sure about what to do, ask a couple of the other girls that’ll be coming along for ideas!

Please, Dress Comfortable.
I mean, if you decide to do a mini photoshoot that’s one thing. Make sure to give every girl a memo. Otherwise, be comfy! You’ll be sitting on the ground, eating cheese and predictably there’ll be lots of laughter. You’ll want to be able to be comfortable. Choose a pair of your favorite leggings, paired with your favorite sweater, infinity scarf, and hat and enjoy the season!

I hope you feel inspired to go out and plan a creative picnic with your friends. I’d love for you to share your adventures in the comment section below!