Whether you're heading to a backyard bash or lounging around the house this Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of Summer is always a popular time to gather round the grill. We've rounded up 35 great ways to make this weekend's barbecue especially kid-friendly. From easy eats to surprises and treats, click through and turn a few of our ideas into your own. Happy Labor Day!
Alfresco dining is practically mandatory on Labor Day weekend, but that doesn't mean you have to surrender to the backyard BBQ rut. This year, we're challenging you to live on the wild side – literally! We've taken the guess work out of planning the perfect picnic with easy-to-pack pieces that are just as chic as they are convenient – now all you have to do is pick a scenic spot. Keep reading for the Labor Day picnic essentials that made our pack list.
Now is the perfect time to find a chic yet practical carrier to tote your wine bottles. With a mix of sleek leather options, colorful containers, and a few accessories for your outdoor sips, we're helping you bring style to all your alfresco meals. Prep for sunny lunches by taking a look at these adorable wine bottle carriers!
Many of us wish we brought our lunch to work more often, and while leftovers and sandwiches are delicious options, sometimes we're looking for out-of-the-box ideas. Might I suggest you start searching in the box with a bento lunch? This Japanese boxed lunch has a long history, but these days it's a delicious, healthy, and convenient lunch option. Consider it perfect for munching at your desk or, even better, at a picnic. Ready to learn more about bentos? Just keep reading.
Whether you're on the road or packing something for a picnic or a hike, these sandwiches are ready to withstand the weather, challenges, and other wear and tear that may occur during travel. Gone are the days of soggy sandwiches! Click through for sandwiches that travel well.
Despite being a food writer, there are times when I can't possibly bring myself to cook yet I desire a rich, robust meal. That's when I turn to a good, hardy block of cheese (like the Point Reyes Toma, pictured) and a fresh sourdough baguette from The Acme Bread Company. If I'm being completely honest, I'd probably even request cheese and a baguette as my last meal or stranded-on-a-desert-island option. Most will eat it as an appetizer, but I encourage you to make a meal out of it. Read on to see how you can do so.
There is nothing better than grabbing some friends, hopping in the car, and enjoying the beach for a day. But instead of stopping to pick up grab-and-go prepackaged food from the market, plan ahead and make some fresh and delicious portable fare that everyone will appreciate and enjoy. When planning a menu, pick recipes with texture and flavor that will stand up to the ocean's elements. Although they're not sand-proof — we haven't figured that one out yet — here are dishes that will make your day at the beach a success.
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It's picnic season, and that means long, warm afternoons sprawled out on a blanket with good company, good food, and of course, good drinks. Keep things simple by choosing drinks that don't require a lot of complicated preparation like muddling. These 11 options can be made ahead of time, put in a pretty bottle or container, and enjoyed in the sunshine. Click through for the recipes.
— Additional reporting by Nicole Perry
Packing for a picnic is simple: little more is needed than a trusty blanket, an assortment of snacks, and — perhaps most important of all —a bottle of crisp, refreshing wine. Quaffable, approachably priced (all three bottles are less than $20), and food-friendly, these options are practically tailor-made for sipping in the park or on a mountaintop. Watch the video to find your perfect alfresco tipple, and then gear up for a relaxing afternoon spent outdoors.
Bring the party to your sandwich and a sandwich to your party. Whether you're hosting a backyard gathering or serving a crowd at a picnic, you're better off sticking to easy meal ideas. I love making party subs for a crowd, using sturdy baguettes stuffed with simple ingredients. These sandwiches are easy to cut, serve, and eat on the go, whether you're at the beach, in the car, at an outdoor concert, or just holding a drink.
The key is skipping mayo in favor of avocado and mustard and nestling the ingredients in the bread. From there, add the ingredients you love the most. Watch to find out how to make a tidy, tasty sandwich that travels well.