Picnic season is here. The sun is shining, and there’s no better place to be than outdoors enjoying the long summer days and warm weather. So let's move the party outside, fire up the grill and have a picnic!
Outdoor entertaining is fun and easy
A picnic can be as simple as putting a blanket down in the backyard and enjoying your sandwich alfresco, but a picnic can also be a great way to entertain. Not only does bringing the party outside give you more room to spread out, it also means less cleanup and no worrying over spills. Keep these tips in mind to help you host the best picnic of the year.
Hot dogs and hamburgers are picnic essentials. They’re easy to throw on the grill and can be cooked in mass quantities. Instead of a standard burger, amp up your picnic fare with a burger that is huge on flavor and you'll have a hit with both kids and adults.
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When it comes to side dishes, they can be a little trickier. Deli salads are the obvious choice to pair with barbecue, but mayonnaise shouldn’t be left out in the sun for any length of time. When planning your picnic menu, choose options that won’t spoil as quickly, like mayonnaise-free potato and pasta salad, green salad and fruit salad.
Whip up a tasty mayo-free side dish to eat with those juicy burgers.
Potato salad with herb vinaigrette
Italian-style pasta salad
It wouldn’t be a party without cocktails! A big cooler full of cold drinks is a must for any picnic, but make it easier on yourself and choose one signature drink instead of supplying 10 different options. Rather than fighting a losing battle with melting ice, freeze a component of the cocktail itself. If the recipe contains citrus slices, berries, or other fruit, freeze those to use as ice. The drink will stay cold but won’t get watered down. Fill a large beverage jug with a spigot for easy dispensing (some are even insulated).
Mix a big batch of sangria for a refreshing summery cocktail.
White wine sangria with pear
Don’t forget some of these little details that will make your picnic stand out:
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