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When the weather is warm everyone wants to be outside, enjoying the summer--and what better way to do that than with a classic picnic? Whether you're headed to the beach or the park, I've got a few tips to share to host the perfect picnic party.
Don't forget to pack the picnic essentials like a great big durable blanket, a picnic basket, and consider bringing along a beach chair or two. Prep your picnic utensils in advance and stock your picnic basket with small packets of napkins, forks, spoons, and knives in little envelopes or individual bags. This will make handing out these items once you arrive a little easier. For plates, I love using melamine or enamelware, which are sturdier and more eco-friendly than paper plates. And don't forget clean up supplies for the end of the picnic too. Bring your own garbage bag to discard any leftover food and another small bag to corral dirty plates and containers. (This keeps things tidy on your ride home.)
The key to a perfect picnic menu is creating items that are easy to eat and light enough to be enjoyable on a warm day. I love making a handful of different wrap sandwiches--think grilled veggies and goat cheese, chicken caesar salad, and BLTs--and slicing them into smaller pieces so everyone can have a few bite-sized tastes. A fruit salad is another great idea. It's a cool and refreshing snack. For a fancier take on fruit salad, I like to mix up balls of watermelon with fresh chopped mint leaves and a drizzle of orange blossom honey.
For dessert, I keep things simple and portable. Pick up a frozen cheesecake at the grocery store and chop it up into small cubes. Then layer the cheesecake bites with fresh blueberries and raspberries in pint-sized mason jars. Keep them in the freezer right up until you're about to leave for your picnic. By the time you're ready for dessert, they'll be thawed just enough for a cool handheld treat!
Create some party atmosphere by bringing along a set of portable speakers and a summery playlist. Be sure to pack some lawn games to play after you enjoy your meal. Croquet and bocce ball are fun and easy games to play on the grass in a park--look for a set that comes in a travel cases for easy mobility.