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Packing the Perfect Picnic

Jessica Jarrett

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Aug 19th, 2016

Picnic

Labor Day is just around the corner and that means summer is coming to a close. Before the chilly, fall weather sets in, take advantage of the few sunny days left, and enjoy a picnic in the park! Packing the perfect picnic can be challenging but with these four simple and understated recipes, savoring the last few weeks of summer will be easy. Put a new spin on these favorites, and the whole family can create picnic memories that will last well into the winter months.

The Eats

What’s a picnic without potato salad? In less than 30 minutes, you can throw together this Red Potato Salad using only a few ingredients, including a homemade dressing! With Greek yogurt as the dressing’s base, you can enjoy this dish completely guilt-free. One batch of this potato salad serves 12 people, so hosting a family picnic is no problem. Full of flavor from the dill, red onion and celery, you will never go back to store-bought after trying this no-fail recipe!

Deviled Eggs are the perfect picnic snack! Dare to prepare these Beet and Bacon Deviled Eggs for a surprising (and delicious) take on the classic appetizer. Bursting with color and flavor, this recipe will only take you 20 minutes to make and will be a showstopper at your next picnic or backyard bash.

The Drinks

Take full advantage of the sunshine before it’s gone with these two tasty teas! This Blackberry Mint Sun Tea recipe is simple, sweet and the perfect beverage for your end of summer picnic. Throw this delicious drink in a decorative mason jar and garnish with a few extra mint leaves and blackberries for a casual, rustic look.

Ready to welcome fall? Try this Cinnamon Citrus Sun Tea instead. Garnish with an orange slice and cinnamon stick for the best of both seasons. Just seconds of prep and four hours of brewing makes for two refreshing and flavorful drinks that are perfect for kissing the summer season goodbye!

The Details

Whether you’re packing a romantic picnic for two or a casual picnic for twenty, it’s the little things that will make your private party in the park extra special! Start with a set of colorful plates, napkins and cutlery. Orange, red and yellow are our fave colors for the changing seasons! But what about transporting all this? Forget the clunky ice chest and choose the classic woven basket instead! There’s just something magical about picnicking the old-fashioned way—basket, blanket and all. Lastly, don’t forget the camera! A pretty picnic set-up makes the perfect photo opp that you will not want to miss out on!

Pick up all your picnic staples at your local store and find even more recipe inspiration on our Pinterest page.

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