How to Picnic Like a Pro

Over the next few weeks we will be starting a summer picnic series - sharing our best tips, and our favorite Wine Country picnic spots & inspiration! We've got a few fun shoots in the works with Sarah Deragon and Cake Bloom to bring you some amazing picnic inspiration. Until then, we are sharing some of our picnic tips to get us all in the mood for casual alfresco dining.

Read below for great recipes and expert hacks for throwing the perfect afternoon gathering!

1 / Avoid bugs by keeping things sealed! Did you know you can cut a hole with a hole punch in the center of a cupcake liner to create a bug lid for your beverages? Just slide a cute paper straw right in the hole and you'll bug proof the drinks du jour. Try making this vodka punch for a refreshing cocktail!

Pre-mixed drinks from SMP Living

2 /  Make single-serve everything. The last thing you're going to want to do is break out a knife to serve sandwiches or pie. Instead, make everything single serve by creating mini versions of the classics. Plus, it instantly makes the food that much cuter! Who doesn't love a mini pie? 

Mason Jar Mini Pies from Foodie Fun

3 / Handheld is best! Wood forks and knives can be cute, but the functionality of one of those wood knives is about as efficient as cutting something with a branch. When you're creating your menu think of things that can be eaten with your hands - sandwiches, hand pies (here's a great recipe!), and fruit skewers are all great options!

Prosciutto & Brie sandwiches from Design Love Fest

4 / Think of the trash situation ahead of time. Bring an extra paper sack to place all used utensils and paper products in, or better yet, pack individual lunches in kraft paper boxes! This is great if you're using all compost-able materials (hint: skip anything plastic), then you can just toss the whole thing in your compost pile when you get home! 

Single serve lunch boxes from Borrowed Blu & Jen Huang Photography

5 / Let the mason jar thing happen. It might be a trend that's on its way out, but mason jars will be your best friend at a picnic. Great for mixing cocktails ahead of time, or salads on the go - because re-sealable containers are a must when you've got things like mayonnaise and dressings happening without a sink around! 

Sun Tea in Mason Jars from Thirsty for Tea

6 / Just for fun - use your blanket as an easy wine bottle tote! Click to get the tutorial from Martha Stewart. 

What's your favorite way to picnic? Drop us a line in the comments below!

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