How to Host A Virtual Picnic

How to Host A Virtual Picnic, Quarantine Life, Things to do during Quarantine Outside, Virtual Picnic Menu, Things to do in your backyard #VirtualPicnic #SummerPicnic #QuarantineActivities Hemant and Nandita Dress, No-Mayo Potato Salad, Smoked Salmon, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Scones, Casa Luigi Prosecco, Pretty Little Shoppers Blog | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of a woman wearing a Teien Mini Dress HEMANT AND NANDITA brand: HEMANT AND NANDITA and Amazon Lack of Color Women's The Spencer Boater Hat and sitting next to a wicker picnic basket, wooden crates, plates of food, and some Casa Luigi sparkling wine on a patchwork quilt outside.

With social distancing as the new norm, I decided to host a virtual picnic from my new back yard. Since Los Angeles is still on major lock down, I invited my girl Sheree to join me for a fun, delicious and relaxing afternoon get together without leaving our respective homes. Scroll down to read my tips and menu ideas to host your own virtual picnic!
How to Host A Virtual Picnic, Quarantine Life, Things to do during Quarantine Outside, Virtual Picnic Menu, Things to do in your backyard #VirtualPicnic #SummerPicnic #QuarantineActivities | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of a woman wearing a Teien Mini Dress HEMANT AND NANDITA brand: HEMANT AND NANDITA and Amazon Lack of Color Women's The Spencer Boater Hat and sitting next to a wicker picnic basket, wooden crates, plates of food, and some Casa Luigi sparkling wine on a patchwork quilt outside.

How to Host A Virtual Picnic

Figure Out Your Technology

First things first… figure out your online meeting room. As someone who isn’t the most technologically savvy, I prefer Zoom for most online meetings, but there’s definitely plenty of options to choose from (including Skype, Facetime and LinkedIn).
How to Host A Virtual Picnic, Quarantine Life, Things to do during Quarantine Outside, Virtual Picnic Menu, Things to do in your backyard #VirtualPicnic #SummerPicnic #QuarantineActivities Hemant and Nandita Dress, No-Mayo Potato Salad, Smoked Salmon, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Scones, Casa Luigi Prosecco, Pretty Little Shoppers Blog | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of a woman wearing a Teien Mini Dress HEMANT AND NANDITA brand: HEMANT AND NANDITA and Amazon Lack of Color Women's The Spencer Boater Hat and sitting next to a wicker picnic basket, wooden crates, plates of food, and some Casa Luigi sparkling wine on a patchwork quilt outside.

Create a guest list and send invitations

A virtual picnic is a great way to connect with missed friends and family. You can invite your bestie you haven’t seen in person for awhile, or make it a family affair with mom, grandma, aunts and cousins. Make the occasion special by sending out invitations through Paperless Post or Evite, or send hard copy invitations by mail for an extra special touch. If you’re planning your picnic this is a great way to get them involved by making hand made cards.

Be sure to add the link to your online meeting room in your invitation and follow up with an email reminder the morning of your virtual picnic.
Light and Easy No-Mayo Potato Salad | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of no mayo potato salad in a white ceramic bowl.

Plan Your Menu

Even though many of us can’t socialize in person right now, throwing a virtual picnic is a perfect way to pull out your favorite recipes, or to create and try new ones. You can create a Pinterest board and share recipes and décor ideas with your guests ahead of time. If you’re like me and love to whip things up in the kitchen, it’s a great time to try new things… if you’re recipe goes awry, you can always pick something up at the store or put in a last minute delivery order. 🙂
How to Host A Virtual Picnic, Quarantine Life, Things to do during Quarantine Outside, Virtual Picnic Menu, Things to do in your backyard #VirtualPicnic #SummerPicnic #QuarantineActivities Hemant and Nandita Dress, No-Mayo Potato Salad, Smoked Salmon, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Scones, Casa Luigi Prosecco, Pretty Little Shoppers Blog | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of a woman wearing a Teien Mini Dress HEMANT AND NANDITA brand: HEMANT AND NANDITA and Amazon Lack of Color Women's The Spencer Boater Hat and sitting next to a wicker picnic basket, wooden crates, plates of food, and some Casa Luigi sparkling wine on a patchwork quilt outside.

Drop Off or Mail Treats

I dropped off a batch of my gluten-free chocolate chip scones and a couple of boxes of prosecco to Sheree before our virtual picnic date. If you don’t live close enough to drop off treats (and if your budget allows), you can send a special delivery ahead of time. Just imagine how special your loved ones would feel to open a package of cookies, cakes, tea or champagne!
How to Host A Virtual Picnic, Quarantine Life, Things to do during Quarantine Outside, Virtual Picnic Menu, Things to do in your backyard #VirtualPicnic #SummerPicnic #QuarantineActivities Hemant and Nandita Dress, No-Mayo Potato Salad, Smoked Salmon, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Scones, Casa Luigi Prosecco, Pretty Little Shoppers Blog | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of a woman wearing a Teien Mini Dress HEMANT AND NANDITA brand: HEMANT AND NANDITA and Amazon Lack of Color Women's The Spencer Boater Hat and sitting next to a wicker picnic basket, wooden crates, plates of food, and some Casa Luigi sparkling wine on a patchwork quilt outside.

Set the Scene

Grab a cute picnic blanket and basket and pull out your favorite dishes. Just because you can’t celebrate IRL, doesn’t mean that your dishes and tea trays aren’t missing you… and don’t forget to put on a comfy dress and wide brimmed hat.
Casa Luigi Prosecco and Amara Picnic Basket | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of Casa Luigi sparkling wine in a wicker picnic basket.

Bring Out the Bubbly!

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you probably already know that I’m obsessed with Casa Luigi Prosecco. It’s the perfect treat for a picnic as it comes in the cutest individual serving size cans and five different flavors. I’ve been getting everyone hooked on this Prosecco as I always have some on hand when friends come over.
How to Host A Virtual Picnic, Quarantine Life, Things to do during Quarantine Outside, Virtual Picnic Menu, Things to do in your backyard #VirtualPicnic #SummerPicnic #QuarantineActivities Hemant and Nandita Dress, No-Mayo Potato Salad, Smoked Salmon, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Scones, Casa Luigi Prosecco, Pretty Little Shoppers Blog | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of a woman wearing a Teien Mini Dress HEMANT AND NANDITA brand: HEMANT AND NANDITA and Amazon Lack of Color Women's The Spencer Boater Hat and sitting next to a wicker picnic basket, wooden crates, plates of food, and some Casa Luigi sparkling wine on a patchwork quilt outside.
Summer Picnic Recipes, No-Mayo Potato Salad, Smoked Salmon, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Scones, Casa Luigi Prosecco, Pretty Little Shoppers Blog | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of a bowl of fruit, gluten-free chocolate chip scones, and fruit salad on a patchwork quilt.

My Virtual Picnic Menu:

Smoked Salmon with Capers and Lemon Slices (If you’re in LA, get it here)

Seasonal Fresh Fruit

How to Host A Virtual Picnic, Quarantine Life, Things to do during Quarantine Outside, Virtual Picnic Menu, Things to do in your backyard #VirtualPicnic #SummerPicnic #QuarantineActivities Hemant and Nandita Dress, No-Mayo Potato Salad, Smoked Salmon, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Scones, Casa Luigi Prosecco, Pretty Little Shoppers Blog | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of a woman wearing a Teien Mini Dress HEMANT AND NANDITA brand: HEMANT AND NANDITA and Amazon Lack of Color Women's The Spencer Boater Hat and sitting next to a wicker picnic basket, wooden crates, plates of food, and some Casa Luigi sparkling wine on a patchwork quilt outside.
Smoked Salmon from The Joint Eatery, Sherman Oaks | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of a plate of salmon and capers on a white ceramic plate.
How to Host A Virtual Picnic, Quarantine Life, Things to do during Quarantine Outside, Virtual Picnic Menu, Things to do in your backyard #VirtualPicnic #SummerPicnic #QuarantineActivities Hemant and Nandita Dress, No-Mayo Potato Salad, Smoked Salmon, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Scones, Casa Luigi Prosecco, Pretty Little Shoppers Blog | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of a woman wearing a Teien Mini Dress HEMANT AND NANDITA brand: HEMANT AND NANDITA and Amazon Lack of Color Women's The Spencer Boater Hat and sitting next to a wicker picnic basket, wooden crates, plates of food, and some Casa Luigi sparkling wine on a patchwork quilt outside.

I was wearing:

Hemant and Nandita dress / Lack of Color boater hat / J.Crew ballet flats (similar here and here)
How to Host A Virtual Picnic, Quarantine Life, Things to do during Quarantine Outside, Virtual Picnic Menu, Things to do in your backyard #VirtualPicnic #SummerPicnic #QuarantineActivities Hemant and Nandita Dress, No-Mayo Potato Salad, Smoked Salmon, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Scones, Casa Luigi Prosecco, Pretty Little Shoppers Blog | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of a woman wearing a Teien Mini Dress HEMANT AND NANDITA brand: HEMANT AND NANDITA and Amazon Lack of Color Women's The Spencer Boater Hat and sitting next to a wicker picnic basket, wooden crates, plates of food, and some Casa Luigi sparkling wine on a patchwork quilt outside.

Shop my look:

Summer Salad with Berries and Goat Cheese | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of a bowl of fruit, gluten-free chocolate chip scones, and fruit salad on a patchwork quilt.

Shop the post:

How to Host A Virtual Picnic, Quarantine Life, Things to do during Quarantine Outside, Virtual Picnic Menu, Things to do in your backyard #VirtualPicnic #SummerPicnic #QuarantineActivities Hemant and Nandita Dress, No-Mayo Potato Salad, Smoked Salmon, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Scones, Casa Luigi Prosecco, Pretty Little Shoppers Blog | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of a woman wearing a Teien Mini Dress HEMANT AND NANDITA brand: HEMANT AND NANDITA and Amazon Lack of Color Women's The Spencer Boater Hat and sitting next to a wicker picnic basket, wooden crates, plates of food, and some Casa Luigi sparkling wine on a patchwork quilt outside.
Have you hosted any virtual events these past few months? Please share your experience in the comments below!
How to Host A Virtual Picnic, Quarantine Life, Things to do during Quarantine Outside, Virtual Picnic Menu, Things to do in your backyard #VirtualPicnic #SummerPicnic #QuarantineActivities Hemant and Nandita Dress, No-Mayo Potato Salad, Smoked Salmon, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Scones, Casa Luigi Prosecco, Pretty Little Shoppers Blog | Virtual Picnic by popular L.A. lifestyle blog, Pretty Little Shoppers: image of a woman wearing a Teien Mini Dress HEMANT AND NANDITA brand: HEMANT AND NANDITA and Amazon Lack of Color Women's The Spencer Boater Hat and sitting next to a wicker picnic basket, wooden crates, plates of food, and some Casa Luigi sparkling wine on a patchwork quilt outside.
Photos by Mo Summers.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

xoxo,

Lisa
Let’s be social!

Bloglovin / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / YouTube / Pinterest

Have you done a virtual picnic before?  Let me know in a comment below!


2 Responses to How to Host A Virtual Picnic

  1. Kaelen says:

    This is a really cute idea! I especially like the idea of coordinating food so that you can kind of picnic today and experience similar tastes! It definitely sounds like a nice change from the normal zoom at the desk things 😅

    xoKaelen | Darling Marcelle

    • lisa@hollywoodfoodchain.com says:

      Thank you Kaelen! Coordinating menus does help to make it feel more like a gathering… looking forward to the day when we can all get together in person again though. 🙂