12 Elegant Picnic Brunch Ideas To Take The Party Outdoors

Need a few picnic brunch ideas to create a chic gathering for you and your loved ones? At Peerspace, we understand! Hosting get-togethers outside has always been a fun way to change things up, and now en plein air gatherings are even more desirable (weather permitting, of course).

Another thing that’s always desirable is brunch. Combining the two is the perfect way to keep your events fresh. Just host an elegant outdoor mid-morning meal! Here we present 12 fabulous picnic brunch ideas to get the party started.

1. Book a Peerspace

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Hands down, one of the best ways to liven a predictable concept event like brunch is to host it in an unexpected location. There are so many Peerspace venues in so many cities around the world that you’d be hard-pressed not to find an exciting place to host your elegant picnic brunch.

For instance, check out this Coral Way, Miami home with a beautiful outdoor covered patio and spacious lawn, perfect for your picnic. Or book this Boston-area outdoor meeting space, complete with picnic-style furniture and flower murals for your big picnic brunch. These are just a few of the many available Peerspace venues, each with a unique combination of amenities and scenery.

2. Nighttime surprise

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Imagine your friends meeting together in a stunning outdoor setting for what they think is a late-evening cocktail party. Everyone’s dressed up in their fancies — twinkly lights glimmer above the white tablecloths on dewy grass. But, unexpectedly, at the outdoor bar, you’re serving mimosas, bellinis, and bloody marys. And the pass-around hors d’oeuvres? They’re mini quiches, croissants, egg sandwich bites, and the ubiquitous avocado toasts. It’s an elegant starlit nighttime picnic brunch – an exciting idea that’s bound to go viral.

Make it happen with ease by booking this stylish and private garden setting in San Francisco. This outdoor terrace seats up to 30 guests and boasts designer furniture, cafe lights, and electric heaters to keep you all nice and toasty.

A Peerspace reviewer summed up their experience here as follows: “Highly, highly, highly recommended. We hosted ~25 friends for my wife’s birthday here and everyone thought the space was awesome, the staff was on point and Nate was all about making sure everything was great from the moment the booking was confirmed until we left. We’ll definitely book again.”

3. Hire a chef

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Here’s an idea for an elegant brunch picnic: hire a chef to craft the meal for you in real-time. Many hotels have omelet bars and carving stations, so there’s no reason you couldn’t do the same in a lovely outdoor setting. Just make sure you have the necessary permits.

Better yet, book a Peerspace venue like this unique indoor and outdoor charming barn in Sonoma County. It is set on a five-acre farm and not only has a kitchen, but the hosts provide a French vintage bar and barback as an add-on option! It’s picnic brunch ideas like this that give brunch the potential to be the most amazing meal ever.

“This place is true magic,” says a Peerspace reviewer. “As soon as you step foot on the property you feel calm and relaxed. It’s so beautiful and well taken care of. Sarah is a dream to work with, she’s very friendly and accommodating…We used the grounds during the day for team building and then hosted a dinner inside the barn with a private chef and even ended the night with a dance party. I’m so thankful that we found Sarah and this great property it was perfect.”

This is also a beautiful idea if you’re hoping to host Valentine’s Day brunch for your one-and-only!

4. Gazebo

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Not all picnics have to be 100 percent outside – great news if you don’t reside somewhere sunny enough year-round to host an outdoor brunch. Conduct a bit of research and find a pretty gazebo in a park or other nearby recreational setting. Some can accommodate a surprising number of guests, and you can usually rent them for a nominal fee. Secure it for an hour before and after the actual picnic brunch for decoration and cleanup time.

No gazebos near you as far as you can tell? Search Peerspace instead to find private properties with gazebos that you can utilize for all your picnic brunch ideas.

One of the most charming options is this beautiful gazebo surrounded by trees in Galena, OH. It’s a bright white gazebo complete with string lights and furniture. Thanks to its bug screens, you don’t have to worry about pests ruining your meal, either!

5. Botanical garden

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Just about every city in the world has a botanical garden offering many sites where you can host your elegant picnic brunch. Call ahead to reserve a spot in the garden, especially if you’re holding the event in standard wedding months like April, June, and October.

Surround yourself and your guests with irises, roses, water lilies, bonsai, or whatever other plant themes that your local botanical garden specializes in.

6. Beach

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Beach brunch picnics are the best – or at least, among the best – settings for outdoor meal gatherings. Remember too that a beach doesn’t have to be a seashore. In many parts of the world, a relatively wide riverfront or lakefront will do the job just as well. Beaches are a great idea for where to host your elegant brunch picnic.

Read our guide to learn how to rent beach houses by the hour!

7. Winter picnic

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There’s something exquisite about pristine winter scenery. While it might seem counterintuitive, winter can be a gorgeous time of year to host your brunch picnic. Whether where you live has warm, snowless seasons, or if it’s always a white Christmas, an unexpected winter outdoor brunch picnic can be beautiful.

Think hot cocoa, maybe with a bit of booze (or not), peppermint tea, perhaps an elevated oatmeal bar, quiche, and pastries. You might want to situate the gathering near some shelter during inclement weather, but take a chance, hope for the best, and enjoy the novelty.

Our Christmas brunch ideas can provide you with even more wintery brunch inspiration!

8. Fancy restaurant patio

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It’s tough to define what a picnic is and isn’t. By default, it’s a meal you can enjoy outside. Well, restaurant patios are outside, right? Here’s an idea – host your elegant brunch picnic on the terrace of an upscale restaurant. You can prepay for all the lox, toasts, caviar, pork belly lardons, and divinely spiked single-origin coffee drinks that your party will crave and have it brought right to your picnic blanket. Or table. Bonus: restrooms will be available.

9. Get it catered

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No matter where your elegant brunch picnic is situated, getting it catered is almost always an option. Ask around. Perhaps there are caterers in your area that can pre-make individual or family-sized brunch picnic baskets for you to take along. Or they can bring the food to you.

If you book a Peerspace venue, investigate all the amenities that the host has to offer. No matter what you might need for your brunch event, from caterers to coffee to picnic tables to cutlery, the host can likely secure a vendor to bring what you need straight to your venue.

Get more delicious brunch food inspiration with our creative themed brunch ideas here!

10. Boat

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If your picnic party is small enough or your boat is large enough, a water vessel would be a delightful spot to host a refreshing, elegant brunch. Even if it’s just two of you in a canoe enjoying some prosecco and scones on a peaceful pond, a boat picnic will provide a lovely memory for decades to come. Enjoy your food and company on the boat or disembark in a peaceful shore setting.

11. Forest

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Typical picnics happen at a park on a blanket or a picnic table. But a brunch picnic is something special, so why not situate it in a unique setting? A dense forest or other woodland lends quaintness and elegance to any outdoor dining setup. Pack a basket, and don’t forget a nice, thick blanket because you’re sure to be enjoying brunch while seated on pine needles or other uncomfortable natural features.

Uplevel your forest-side brunch by booking a chic Peerspace cabin venue like this beautiful mountain house in Nederland, CO. Along with its drop-dead-gorgeous interior, you can enjoy brunch on the outdoor deck, gazing at the forest and adjoining yurt.

12. Museum grounds

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It might come as a surprise to find out that nearly all sizeable museums have a courtyard or other outside area available for picnicking. Granted, these respites also assuage museum fatigue – that feeling you get when you’re overly exhausted by all the art and artifacts. And it’s difficult, if not impossible, to bring a veritable basket of brunch into the museum itself.

But luckily, many museums feature an eatery, so get some brunch-type food to go and enjoy it in a pretty setting. Then you can go back in and savor the museum’s holdings — what a fabulous idea for an elegant brunch picnic.

Picnic brunch ideas: conclusion

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Hosting your brunch outdoors is such a great way to put a fresh (literally!) spin on this popular meal. Utilize these picnic brunch ideas at a wonderful Peerspace venue near you to get away from it all for a while. All while surrounded by your closest friends and delicious bite after delicious bite!

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