Under Budget: Perfecting the Picnic
Our lives have been so hectic these last few months and we've been on the move 24/7. From planning our princess' perfect birthday party to following traditions for Father's Day, I have been collecting so many different things to talk to you guys about. I did notice one common denominator within all of my topics and it was how impressed I was with the outcome of all our parties/events while being SO under budget! And WA-LA, the newest series to the La Manuia stage: Under Budget. We all love making our events "worthy of the gram" and you still can without breaking the bank!
A few years ago I unknowingly started a annual tradition of taking Brian to the park to celebrate Father's Day with a special picnic. We have done everything from packing a full picnic basket of sandwiches and sides to ordering a pizza to bring with us; but this year I wanted to up our picnic game to show Brian how much we truly appreciate him. I've seen the cutest set-ups for picnics on Pinterest and immediately knew the aesthetic I was going for: elegant and comfortable.
There are a few necessities to pulling of the perfect picnic: a table, silverware/plates, and a blanket. The only thing I already had from years prior was my favorite picnic basket that was stocked with 4 plates and 4 sets of utensils from Bed, Bath, and Beyond (linked at the end of this post!). Everything else I gave myself a budget of $150 and got to searching. I knew I would get many uses out of everything I ordered so it would be a bang for my buck! Most of my finds were from the usual front-runner Amazon with some other big names sprinkled in. Some of these names you'll automatically think big ticket prices....BUT Under Budget is all about discounts and coupons.
Blanket: $19.99 (20% off coupon available)
I wanted a blanket with some cushioning because let's face it...sitting on the ground is not the most comfortable. I found this UGG picnic blanket online from BB&B and used one of my MANY 20% off coupons I had in my email inbox. It's also a great blanket for beach days!
Table: $40 (DIY project)
Short tables are beyond expensive, but so is lumbar right now. I was able to find some great deals locally and found step-by-step instructions on building the table!
Basket: $36 (20% coupons available)
This basket was the original basket I bought years ago when I started this tradition and it was one of the best purchases I have ever purchased. It has a zipped cooler section for cold items and has all the plates/utensils you need!!
Charger Plates: $4
The dollar store has great options for charger plates! I couldn't find any online to show you, but Dollar Tree is the way to go!
Nice cloth napkins and napkins rings have been on my list of things to buy for our home for years so I used Father's Day as my excuse to finally pull the trigger. I found the perfect napkins from Pottery Barn and rings from Amazon!
These were originally a purchase solely based on creating the "aesthetic" of my picnic but ended up being life savers! They made sitting on the ground that much more comfortable by giving us a plush surface to rest on! These I found on Amazon are perfect for a picnic!
All these purchases considered....the final tally was $148 and was filled with items that have MANY uses. The most important thing was that Brian was blown away by how special our picnic was, making it a priceless project. These upscale picnics are perfect for ladies lunches, birthdays, anniversaries...basically any special occasion!
I cannot wait to see what aesthetics you guys come up with for your special picnics!