Plan The Perfect Fall Picnic

The Traveling Basket has a number of fall picnic setups on sale through their website.

Just because the kids are back in school and the calendar says it’s officially fall doesn’t mean that all al fresco fetes are off the table. Two local women-owned brands, Sister Sister Picnics and the Traveling Basket, are on a mission to persuade us all to extend the picnic season. Both launched in May, and since then have designed dozens of Instagrammable vignettes for birthday parties, showers, engagements and more.

Sister Sister Picnics, co-owned by Akilah Anders and Tasha Canada, hosts luxury picnics, fit for a small gathering. They got the idea during the pandemic, realizing the importance of celebrating life’s special moments safely outdoors. When thinking through picnic designs, Sister Sister Picnics enjoys adding elements from nature, such as florals, grasses and greenery.

We are also inspired by color. We put a lot of thought into what colors will provide an eye-catching aesthetic, while still being cozy and inviting,” Anders says.

The Traveling Basket, co-owned by Kelly King and Tanner Nygren, specializes in boho-style setups decked out with local delights. They recently partnered with Get on Board DSM, which specializes in charcuterie, for a picnic paired with a charcuterie board-building class. They also offer picnic and “glamping” (short for glamorous camping) parties with Wanderlust Glamping Co. The Traveling Basket’s fall picnic packages, which include a movie night option, are available through Nov. 1, when holiday versions will launch.

Check out previous picnics from these women-owned companies on Instagram @sistersisterpicnics and @the_travelingbasket, and learn more or book at and Sister Sister Picnics will give any readers a 10% discount (excluding vendor add-ons like food and drink) if you mention “dsm magazine.”

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