picnic on a mountain top

Hello friends! Today I want to share some pretty pictures from a picnic at a local state park. Instead of attending crowded restaurants during certain holidays we prefer to journey to remote locations. What did you do for Father’s Day? We chose to have a family picnic on a mountain top.

picnic on a mountain top

We actually started this tradition when the Masterpiece children were little, providing them space to play and explore. This was much more enjoyable than having them sit still at a restaurant, which is always a ticking time bomb before they became antsy and whiny.

picnic on a mountain top

This was my solution years ago when Mister M had a hectic business travel schedule, and I wanted him to decompress on the day which honored him. This spot has a beautiful vista with a great tree for shade and a built in stone grill. It use to also have a picnic table, but it has been removed since we were here last.

picnic on a mountain top

It’s been a few years since we’ve made this our Father’s Day celebration, and I guess some things have changed. Through the years we have brought different family and friends and this latest outing did not disappoint. Come see how pretty and relaxing the day was.

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pic nic prepration and preparedness

Proper planning and preparedness for a picnic will elevate and make the experience super special. Here are some tips I followed for our picnic on a mountain top.

picnic on a mountain top


The choice of food and drink can be homemade, store bought or combination of both. The key is to bring all the tools, condiments and accessories in order to enjoy everything. For example since we were using the park’s built in grill (sorry I did not take a picture), Mr. M made sure to bring charcoal, matches, grill tools etc. so he could cook the steak.

picnic on a mountain top

I brought plates, bowls, glasses, etc., making sure everything was outdoor friendly and not breakable. Wooden pieces and enamelware are my favorite to use in this type of environment. These were our appetizers. We had a tri tip steak (Mr. M is a big meat guy), homemade potato salad and a mix green salad. For dessert we had mini lemon bunt cakes and fresh strawberries, but we were all pretty stuffed when dessert rolled around.


We had camping chairs for everyone, but I also brought some throw floor pillows for additional comfy seating. Blankets are also great for additional seating or to use for warmth if necessary. We had a beautiful day with a slight wind, which kept us all cool enough in the sunshine. We also brought a speaker to play music to set the party vibes.

picnic on a mountain top

It was unfortunate the picnic table has been removed since that’s where we usually ate our meal. I brought the portable outdoor table, which we use for appetizers, but we ate our main meal sitting at our camping chairs, which was fine but something to keep in mind for next time.


A first aid kit is always a good thing to have in any type of excursion. I actually have a kit in my car, which I started toting when my kids were littles. They are now 21 and 18 and they are the reason for the season on Father’s day. 🙂

picnic on a mountain top

Always make sure you have plenty of water to stay hydrated. Also you are in nature so be aware of any critters and animals that might be in the space and respect their “home”. Sunscreen and bug spray are also good things to bring along.


I wanted the experience to be extra special so I brought details like the flowers and the table linens and floor pillows to elevate the experience. These are not your normal picnic or camping items, but why not?

picnic on a mountain top

The hydrangeas are from our backyard and I’m so happy hydrangea season has arrived! Here’s a table design from a few years ago {a Father’s Day tablescape}. You will see plenty of hydrangeas around here soon. Stay tuned!

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Always make sure to keep the area as clean as you found it or better. I always bring a garbage bag to accumulate all our waste and then discard it in an appropriate receptacle. Paper towels and a roll of toilet paper are always good things to bring as well.

Mount Diabo

Something I did not bring this trip, but I wish I had, was an extra plastic bag to enclose all the dirty dishes to bring home to clean properly.

a picnic on a mountain top is always a good idea

This is Mount Diablo State Park in the Bay Area of Northern California. We are lucky enough to live 10-15 minutes away. We actually have views of Mount Diablo from our home.

picnic on a mountain top

The latest member of the family to make Mr. M a “dad” again thoroughly enjoyed the day. Meet Misty and I will give her her own post soon.

silver Labrador

What did you do for Father’s Day? Hope you enjoyed some valuable family time. Maybe you’ll enjoy a picnic on a mountain top next year. 😉

things you could use for a picnic

“There’s no pillow quite so soft as a father’s strong shoulder.”

Richard L. Evans

sharing @ between naps on the porch


  1. J says:

    What a great idea to celebrate Father’s Day. I appreciate your suggestions regarding dinnerware and other additions that I might not have considered. I recognized the CA landscape, but didn’t know exactly which park you were at, and was happy that you named it. Thanks for sharing your awesome picnic ideas 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you liked it. Thanks for the visit. XO- MJ

  2. Cara says:

    Beautiful photos, and the area looks serene. Welcome Misty! She is adorable, I cannot wait to learn more about her. Love the tips MaryJo, you always think of everything, the table and seats look perfect.

    1. Thanks Cara! She’s adorable and fills our house. Love her! XO- MJ

  3. Laurie says:

    I honestly love this so much! So memorable and pretty! Our picnics always end up looking like a mess! I love the pillows and the view and the flowers! This could be so romantic too!

    Thank you so much for sharing this! You’re giving me ideas!

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    1. I’m so glad you liked it Laurie. I aspire to give ideas and inspire so I’m glad to hear this. Thanks for stopping by. XO- MJ

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