Fall is the best season in NYC ... embrace the beautiful weather with an autumn picnic in Central Park!
How excited are you for the first day of fall?!?
It's my favorite season, and there's definitely (finally!) an autumn vibe in the air. I've noticed a few colorful leaves this week, and it's been getting dark earlier and earlier.
The weather is cooling off, too. It's been in the seventies, which I love. My husband often teases me that I'm only happy when it's 72 and sunny, so I'm in heaven right now!
Of course, this perfect weather won't last much longer. So I decided to take advantage of it and planned an autumn picnic in Central Park last weekend.
Autumn Picnic in Central Park
I'm hoping we still have a few picnics left this fall (cross your fingers), but you never know.
There's nothing better than Central Park in fall, so we packed up everything and headed there. Thankfully, it's just a couple blocks away, so we didn't need to carry everything tooo far!
Of course, once we got there, we had to take a few pictures.
As it slowly cools off, I've been trying to work a few fall items into my wardrobe, so I wore my favorite vest. Paired with jeans and a striped tee, it's the perfect transitional piece for these cooler days.
vest (similar, similar), top (similar, similar), sunglasses (similar), jeans (same), sandals (similar)
The sun was just starting to set as we found the perfect spot.
Our favorite picnic area is just north of the reservoir ... it's usually pretty chill.
My nail polish matched the quilt.
I swear that I didn't plan that!
The best part of any picnic is the food, of course! I put together a simple, yet delicious meal:
- Brie and Apple Sandwhich. My favorite Brie and Apple Sandwiches are so delicious and take minutes to make ... the perfect picnic food!
- Carrot-Cabbage Slaw. This is an old favorite, adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe. Combine ¼ thinly sliced cabbage with one shredded carrot. Toss with lime juice, olive oil, and a little cumin.
- Dessert. I made these Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake Bars, and they were to die for.
In my eyes, a picnic is not complete without a little wine!
Rosé is the perfect picnic wine, and I loved this bottle!
It was light, yet flavorful and aromatic, and worked perfectly with our food. I will definitely be purchasing it again.
Joel liked it, too!
After we finished a couple of glasses of wine, it started to get dark.
We had a close encounter with some wildlife (scary!), grabbed the wine, and headed home. Hopefully, we're able to repeat this autumn picnic next weekend!
If you're looking for more ideas, make sure to check out my 5 Easy Picnic Ideas here ... it has all my picnic essentials, lots of recipes, and more.
How are you spending these fall days?
This is way too fun! We tried to do a picnic in Central Park the last time we were there too but the weather was a little sloppy so it didn't work out 🙁 Love your outfit and that food looks so perfect, I'm swooning over this whole thing~
Sounds like the perfect fall afternoon! I'm curious though, what kind of scary wildlife do you run across in Central Park?
Are you sure you want to know, Linda?!? I will give you hint: it was wildlife of a distinctly New York variety (starts with "r" and ends with "t")!