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.
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.
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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 .
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 .
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.
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!