Updated: Feb 25
For as long as I could remember, I wanted to celebrate my golden birthday on the Golden Coast with all my girlfriends. I could have done that, however, I did not plan on having a beautiful baby girl just a month before my golden birthday. Thus creating, "Golden Birthday at Golden Hour."
I love all things pink and I love a good sunset at the nearby beaches. So when the reality sunk in that I probably couldn't pull off going to California for a girls trip, I decided to create an easy, low prep birthday picnic and invited my closest girlfriends.
Here are my tips + links to recreate this picnic for yourself!
1. Find a location
I get that we all don't live in Florida or have coastline to have a sunset beach picnic, but that doesn't mean you can't have a sunset picnic! My location tip is to find a location where you can get loose with your besties and preferably with a picnic table. Originally, I had planned on using the tablecloth as a blanket and we would eat on pallets at the beach. BUT life doesn't go as planned, and the pallets were way too big for my blanket. Luckily, there was a picnic table nearby and we decided to set up there!
Some other locations:
Front or Backyard
Any grassy area
2. Find Easy to No Prep Food & Drinks
When traveling anywhere with food, you want the food prep to be easy if none at all. For example, you wouldn't want to drive to a location and then have to make a salad or sandwiches once there. My food tip is find food that is already prepared for you. I purchased two meat and cheese trays from target and before I left the house I put the cheese and meat into a gallon storage bag and into the cooler it went. Once we got to the beach, I didn't have to worry about opening the tray and the cutting all the individual packages with meat and cheese. Don't forget to bring plates, silverware and napkins.
I also went to Publix and bought two subs, before I left the house I used a bread knife and cut the subs into smaller pieces. You can also ask the person at the deli to cut it for you as well. Any other fruit & veggies I wanted I cut beforehand and put them into a storage bag. Those too, went into the cooler! My last food tip is to bring small bowls to pour your fruit and veggies into once you're at your picnic location.
As for drinks, we brought water bottles, wine and hard seltzer drinks. I also bought festive reusable cups from Target for the wine. (Remember, most beaches/ parks don't allow glass)
Some other low prep food options are:
Dips (spinach dip, hummus, guacamole etc.)
Togo from restaurants
Pizza (totally thought about bringing pizza to the beach picnic)
Veggies & Ranch
One of the most important things about any celebration is the decor! I love pink and wanted to stick with the simple picnic look. I purchased this tablecloth, these napkin rings and these linen napkins from Amazon. You don't have to do this, but as a new mom who is limited on leaving the house, Amazon and Shipt have become my best friend! I also brought some baskets I already had from home and used those to carry the items onto the beach. In the baskets, I also brought two decorative cutting boards I had to put the meats and cheeses on, eucalyptus garland, and a table runner.
Less is more
Find something to carry it all in one to two trips from the car
Bring a trash bag for cleanup
Bring a portable/ bluetooth speaker to play music
Food (meat and cheese tray, fruit tray, dips, chips, fruit, veggies, hot honey - my fave, crackers, bread, sandwiches)
Drinks (wine, champagne, water, tea, lemonade, literally whatever you want to drink)
Cooler (if you don't already have one)
Tablecloth/ Picnic Blanket
Plates, silverware, cups
Everything listed on shopping list
Basket to carry it all
Linen napkins + napkin rings (if you choose to do that)
I hope this helps you when preparing for a picnic of your own! If you have any additional tips, please leave them below, I'd LOVE to hear them!