YOUR GUIDE TO THE ART OF ALFRESCO DINING

INTRO: Jennifer Bradley Franklin
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

The birds are singing, the sun is shining, the temperature is climbing and the oppressive Atlanta pollen has vanished. Is there anything more blissful than the golden glow of this glorious time of year? And is there any better way to indulge in it than with a mouthwatering alfresco meal?

The styles of picnicking are as diverse as our world itself. In India, for example, the tiffin (a stacked metal container with separate compartments) is a popular way to take a meal wherever one is going. The French love to pick up a bottle of wine, fresh baguette, some cheese and cured meats and plop down on whatever picturesque plot strikes their fancy. Here in the States, a wicker basket filled with favorite foods and a comfy blanket laid out on a lush lawn has become the quintessential way to partake.

Whether you opt for a simple meal with a handful of tasty to-go items from your local market or a full-fledged shindig where you fire up the grill and pop the Champagne, let this be your guide to making the most of your picnics this season.

READ MORE

SHOOT ASSISTANT: Lisa Dolny
MODELS: Kylie Sabaugh, Sharon Stufken, Ryan Donovan, Myla Snyder, courtesy of Salt Agency
HAIR AND MAKEUP: Nyssa Green and assistant Margo Johnson, The Green Room Agency
STYLING: Jules Salinas
WARDROBE: Courtesy of Macy’s
PICNIC ITEMS: Courtesy of Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, King Barbecue, Macy’s, Savi Provisions, Storico Fresco
WARDROBE: Daughter on left: Dress, Epic Threads ($36); jacket, Belle du Jour ($50); sneakers, Michael Kors ($59).
Daughter on right: Denim top, Kids Headquarters ($38); white jeans, Epic Threads ($36); shoes, Sugar ($30).
Mom: Dress, BCBG ($419); earrings, Charter Club ($20.50).
Dad: White undershirt, Tasso Elba ($29.50); yellow polo shirt, Club Room ($39.50); shorts, his own; shoes, Donald Pliner ($135).