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Picnic Perfection
A dose of whimsy with a retro vibe is this season’s recipe for the perfect picnic. To pull off the ultimate summer fantasy, we turned to David Caruso, one of the city’s premier party planners, for advice.

Styled by Lizzy Schuenke; Photo by Adam Ryan Morris

Location: Whether it’s an urban park or secluded forest, finding a spot that’s both convenient and aesthetically pleasing is paramount.

Menu: Stick with chilled foods that don’t need significant preparation. Portable and pretty cupcakes are a shoo-in, but Caruso also recommends blackberry lemonade and tuna salad sandwiches made with watercress, lemon and habanero peppers.

Decor: Function is foremost, but style needn’t be neglected. Lounge like a Roman on a tartan blanket or outdoor rug with a mix of colorful outdoor pillows. Add fresh flowers in Mason jars for a pleasing scent with that vintage feel.

Ambiance: Set the mood with a folksy playlist and battery-powered speakers. And, of course, don’t forget a camera to capture the fun.

Wool rug in teal and cream by Trina Turk, $185 at The Lemon Tree. Table in teal by FermobUSA, $545 at Garden Room.  Chairs in teal by FermobUSA, $450 each at Garden Room. Pillows in multiple colors, $75 each at The Workroom. Nickel-plated tray, $72 at The Home Market. Colette tumblers in green by Juliska, $24 each at The Home Market. Maru paper lanterns in white, $4.99 each at World Market. Beaded erasable message tile by Placetile Designs, $30 at Argosy Limited. Surrey Picnic for Two in brown by Picnic at Ascot, $125 at Argosy Limited. Ivory cotton blanket, $108 at The Home Market. Bird cage in vivid green by Imax, $125 (set of three) at Laacke & Joys. Cupcakes by Milwaukee Cupcake Company.

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