Last weekend, Pinknic, a rosé-themed picnic and music festival, debuted on Governor’s Island. We were asked to attend the festival but we thought it would be more fun to color everything pink at our own Pinknic.
New York City has so many parks to enjoy during the warmer temperatures. We hosted our pinknic in Madison Square Park. Madison Square Park is a beautiful park that is conveniently located in the heart of the Flatiron and Nomad neighborhoods. You can see the latest modern art installation, eat lunch and/or play in the playground.
If you want to host an activity in a NYC park with over 20 people, or you would like to reserve a specific area within a park, you need to apply for a special event permit. Permits cost $25 and require 21-30 days to process. Usually 2 lawns within Madison Square Park are open to the public in the summer beginning Memorial Day weekend from 9am to 10pm. We had a slight hiccup on the day of our pinknic. Since there was considerable rainfall the night before, all lawns were closed to those that did not have a permit. We improvised and hosted our pinknic on an open space near the Admiral David G. Farragut statue and fountain.
Here are some Twinspirational tips to plan your own pinknic:
- Picnic basket: We researched A LOT of picnic baskets and selected the Picnic Time Canasta Picnic Basket. It’s beautiful AND practical as the lid can be used as a tabletop too. You can also get custom picnic baskets with all the picnic essentials for 2 – 4 people, but those can get quite expensive at over $100. If your guest list exceeds 4 people, then you won’t have enough coordinating tableware, glassware and silverware either.
- Cooler bag: We definitely recommend a cooler bag to keep your drinks and foods at the appropriate temperature. Our friend, Eleni, picked up an adorable Hapin cooler bag.
- Picnic blankets: We love the Camco picnic blanket. It is comfortable and folds up into an easy to carry bag with handles. Since it’s not pink, we used it as a base layer and then covered it up with pink blankets.
- Flowers: Inga of International Garden created our beautiful floral arrangements with pink alstroemeria and lisianthks.
- Menu: We featured pink ingredients throughout our menu. This is our third pink party. Check out Pretty in Pink and La Nuit En Rose.
- Drinks: Lots of rosé, rosé sangria and pink lemonade. If you plan to make the rosé sangria, we recommend mixing the ingredients the night before so the wine and alcohol are infused with fruit flavors. It’s hot outside so don’t forget to bring bottled water too!
- Paper Goods: We incorporated a variety of pink plates, napkins, cups and straws.
- Check the lawn status before you get to the park!
We had a memorable picnic with delicious food and cocktails without ever leaving our favorite island.
“I love the color pink. It makes a bold statement.”––Samuel Larsen