With your girlfriend preparing to walk down the aisle and tie the knot with her dream partner, it’s only fitting that you throw her a celebration that suits her eclectic sense of humour, laid-back personality and killer sense of fashion.
Cue: a boho picnic! It takes about 5-minutes scrolling on any social media to realise that boho is the flavour of the minute,and it’s easy to see why. The style is a melting pot different colours, textures and patterns that follows no rules – just like your beloved friend.
There is nothing quite like bringing the ladies together to relax in the outdoors, enjoy some casual dining and really channel the vintage vibes. The best part about these picnics is that they’re surprisingly easy to organise and won’t break the budget either. You can put as much or as little effort into the set up as you would like, and you’re still guaranteed an event that will go off like your group chat during The Bachelor finale.
Five Steps to organising a boho picnic
Gather the accessories
When it comes to a boho picnic, it’s all about the style and the accessories. We can already see you scratching your head, wondering where to start, but we can guarantee you’ve probably already got plenty of options laying around the house. Unlike many things in life, #moreismore with a boho picnic, so don’t hold yourself back!
The top four accessories for a boho picnic
Scoot around the house and round up your mats, rugs, blankets, quilts, towels – or really just anything that will make a pretty ground covering. We don’t suggest that you use your Great Grandma’s family heirloom stuff though, it might not look the same at the end of the day if there is any champagne involved!
- Coffee tables or pallets
Next comes the tables because you’re going to need somewhere to place your Instagram-perfect platters, duh! Pallets are a popular option for boho picnics, and they’re pretty easy to pick up too. Try visiting the local hardware stores, electrical shop or even the rubbish tip. If you can’t get your hands on some pallets, a coffee table will do the trick, or you could also just stick with the mats!
Don’t let anyone tell you when you’ve got too many cushions. You measure that with your heart girl! Chuck as many different patterns, colours and sizes together to give your picnic the ultimate #wokeuplikethis look that will have your party-goers snapping pictures like there’s no tomorrow.
You might be having your boho picnic outside in broad daylight, but some extra lighting will give your set up the extra spice it needs. We love the look of copper wire lights, and these are great for wrapping around the palettes. You could also try LED paper lanterns if you’re feeling really adventurous!
Finding the perfect location
Now that you’ve got everything you need to set up your picnic, you’re going to need to find somewhere to actually set it up! It might sound like an obvious step, but finding the perfect location is the key to the ultimate experience.
Backyards are an epic option for the ladies that are having their hen’s parties at home or have hired a private house for their getaway. But if you really want to go all out and you don’t have a backyard on hand, you can also check out the local park or beach. Being a public location, there is generally no costs associated with these locations, and you’ll also have plenty of passers-by to admire your on-fleek set-up.
Food and drinks
The star of any hen’s party boho picnic (apart from the soon-to-be bride of course) is most definitely the food and drink. If you want to really make a statement with your picnic, we’ve got three words for you – PLATTERS, PLATTERS, PLATTERS.
Before you start freaking out about your inability to cook anything beyond mac and cheese, we’ve got the solution for you. Incredible grazing platters businesses are opening up almost every day of the week, so you can find one in just about every corner of Australia. These guys are the professionals of serving up food that looks so good; you won’t know where to start.
Oh, and if you’re after the Maid of Honour of the Year Award, we suggest setting up a cocktail station too. You can thank us later.
Round up the girls
It’s no use going to all the effort to tee-up a show stopping boho picnic if you don’t have anyone to share it with! Get the girls amped and excited by sharing some teasers of the preparation and set-up in your group chat.
It’s also a fun idea to get everyone to come dressed in the boho style too. We’re talking about long, flowing skirts, flower crowns, earthy colours and plenty of patterns. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to snap some pics with the girls, and it will really help set the mood for the night to follow.
Make a toast
Now it’s time to sit back, enjoy your hard work and make a toast (or two) to the woman of the hour!