Stella Artois fall picnicSeriously, where did summer go this year?! It literally flew past and now autumn is knocking on the door. Although summer has been great I’m almost always ready to usher in a new season, and that’s definitely true of how I feel right now. And what better way to celebrate the close of one season and the opening door to another than throwing a party in honor of the seasonal change? My friends at Stella Artois asked me to partner with them to ‘host one to remember’ so I embraced the coming autumnal season and threw a fall picnic party! We often think of picnics as a summer activity but in reality autumn is the perfect season for picnics because of the more temperate climate. The benefits of a fall picnic vs. a summer one include: the food stays fresher for longer; there are less pesky bugs; fashion layering so you can look stylish and not sweaty! I could go on…! After the jump I’m sharing my tips for how to dress for and style a fall picnic to make the party one to remember. Here’s to fall, friends!

Stella Artois fall picnicAside from the delicious food and beverages, what makes a picnic memorable is how comfortable it is. Whether you’re hosting your fall picnic in a backyard or park, be sure to bring a series of soft blankets to lay over the grass. I picked this super soft lambswool blanket because I liked the rich autumnal colors in it, but there’s no right or wrong. Go classic with a plaid pattern or playful and graphic with, say, a repeating fruit print pattern. Then, with your blanket in place place a series of throw pillows around the edge of it. This gives your guests a comfortable place to sit and relax while enjoying the food and drink. I bought a series of throw pillows, in co-ordinating colors seen in the blanket, for under $5 so that it wouldn’t matter if they got grass stains etc. on them. After all, you want to be able to relax and not worry about ruining anything!Stella Artois fall picnicTake wooden chopping boards and serving platters and fill them with cheeses, crackers, fruit, cured meats and colorful salads to create a spread of food that looks as good as it tastes. Cheese is also a wonderful accompaniment to the flavor of Stella Artois, too.Stella Artois fall picnicAnyone for a drink? Using proper glassware for an adults fall picnic is another subtle way to elevate the party as it’s more sophisticated than throwaway paper products.Stella Artois fall picnicWhen it comes to dressing for a fall picnic I like to take my cues from the rich colors of the forthcoming season and the fading hues of the outgoing one. Think: deep cherry colored chinos to reflect the intense hues of the fall leaves paired with a faded green bomber jacket as a nod to the disappearing greenery that comes as summer turns to autumn. Wearing a washed pink shirt adds a smarter edge to the casual feel of the bomber jacket.Stella Artois fall picnicHere’s to a wonderful fall, friends! I hope this season treats you well and you get to enjoy all the gorgeous colors of the trees wherever you are in the world. Cheers!Stella Artois fall picnic// Photography and styling by Will Taylor for Stella Artois


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Harry M. Fontenot III Reply

    Absolutely beautiful post. Just love your styling tips and Stella is one of my favs. Now if the season would just change here on the Texas coast…haha. Thanks Will!

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.