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Plan a perfect Portland picnic

From snack shopping to location scouting, we’ve got you covered when you need a break from your backyard.

A luxury picnic setup in a lavender field with a low wooden table, plates, drinks, pillows, and an umbrella on a sunny day.

Luxury picnic companies like Wild Rose Picnics can help you pull off your dream party, proposal, or special get-together.

As avid consumers of PDXtoday content, you already know where to go if you want to eat a meal on an outdoor patio. But what if your alfresco appetite calls for something a little more casual? We’re talking about a blanket on the grass with a basket full of finger foods. You in? Let’s plan a picnic.

Stake out a spot

With 300+ developed parks and recreation spots within city limits, Portland presents a smorgasbord of idyllic picnic spots. Narrow down your choices by asking yourself if you want to stay close to home or explore somewhere new. Are you looking to read a book and methodically pluck grapes from their stem in a quiet place surrounded by nature — or do you prefer to people-watch and chat with friends while absentmindedly draining an entire growler of kombucha?

For peace + quiet:

For a lively atmosphere:

Pack the basket

Sandwiches, charcuterie, chips and salsa, seasonal fruit, beverages… the options are endless when it comes to building your picnic menu in a place like Portland. Start by filling a water bottle, then consider some of these options for grab-and-go morsels:

  • Elephants Delicatessen, various locations | Deli sandwiches, egg salad, mac and cheese, desserts, drinks
  • An Xuyên Bakery, 5345 SE Foster Rd. | Pan-Asian sandwiches, meat pies, baked goods
  • Wellspent Market, 3402 SE Division St. | Tinned fish, deli sandwiches, drinks, snacks | Pro tip: Grab a pie from Lauretta Jean’s next door
  • World Foods, 830 NW Everett St. | Mediterranean deli items + desserts

You don’t need a basket to have a great picnic, but if you want the full cute experience, then consider buying a classic wicker type, or check out the more modern picnic backpack if organization is your love language. Towels or an old comforter work fine to sit on, or you could church things up with a packable Pendleton blanket.

A clear plastic pop-up tent is set up on a grassy area with a low table inside bearing settings for six people.

Picnics with Elegance’s bubble suites take the weather worry out of your plans.

Leave it to a pro

Splurge on a picture-perfect picnic by hiring a local company to set everything up for you (and take it all down when you’re done). Evolution Picnics offers cookie decorating, painting, and charcuterie board building add-ons, Picnics with Elegance is PNW-prepared with clear pop-up tents, and Wild Rose Picnics brings your South of France vacation dreams to life at Carriage House Lavender.

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