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Plan a Picnic to Celebrate Spring

Apr 24 2013 - 12:35pm

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 [1], like the appetite-inducing bicyclette [2]. 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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Appetizers
You can't go wrong with a delicious loaf of rustic bread [3]. Pair it with a rich cheese, creamy herb butter [4], or your favorite dip. Choose appetizers that you can eat without a dish or utensils, like cheese biscuits [5], spicy marinated olives [6], or premade Greek salad bites [7].

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 [8] or the New Orleans classic, the muffuletta [9]. You can also go for a tapas-style meal with several dishes, like potato salad [10], spring peas with mint [11], or pork and mango skewers [12].

Desserts
Steer clear of icy treats or cakes — go with sweets that won't melt or mash. Try nutella sandwich cookies [13], peanut butter brownies [14], or French macarons [15] 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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