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Picnic Planning Tips

Plan a Picnic to Celebrate Spring

Warm Spring weather calls for alfresco dining, so it's the perfect time to bring out your favorite blanket and have a picnic. Whether it's a group affair or a romantic meal for two, a great picnic requires a gorgeous location and a tasty, convenient menu. Not sure what to pack? Here are a few of our favorite picnic picks.

Drinks
Simplicity is key, so if you plan to pack alcohol, stick to a bottle of wine, beer, or cocktails with three ingredients or less, like the appetite-inducing bicyclette. Add some charm to your meal with striped straws, or consider keeping your drinks in closed mason jars for a cute but practical choice.

Keep reading for more picnic ideas.

Appetizers
You can't go wrong with a delicious loaf of rustic bread. Pair it with a rich cheese, creamy herb butter, or your favorite dip. Choose appetizers that you can eat without a dish or utensils, like cheese biscuits, spicy marinated olives, or premade Greek salad bites.

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Entrées
Sandwiches are an obvious choice, but skip the standard cold cuts and PBJ. Instead, opt for another sturdy but less-than-standard option, like a turkey cranberry wrap or the New Orleans classic, the muffuletta. You can also go for a tapas-style meal with several dishes, like potato salad, spring peas with mint, or pork and mango skewers.

Desserts
Steer clear of icy treats or cakes — go with sweets that won't melt or mash. Try nutella sandwich cookies, peanut butter brownies, or French macarons for a sugary dessert minus the mess.

Extras
Yes, the point of a picnic is to eat, but it's all about the experience, too. Don't forget to bring music and games — Frisbee, playing cards, and board games are great picks. The cherry on top? A charming, sturdy basket that you'll keep forever.

Do you have any picnic-packing tips? Share them in the comments!

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Such fun!  I'm going to use this great idea as soon (if) as we get some consistently warm weather. 
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