1. Pick the right spot.
Teepee mos def necessary.
4. Get the right blanket.
Like this one, which blasts mad tunes.
6. If you’re feeling crafty, make one yourself.
You can humblebrag about it all spring and summer long.
7. Line any blanket with a shower curtain liner to keep it from getting damp.
And, by extension, your butt.
8. Invest in a backpack that carries all the essentials.
Like silverware, your blanket, and most importantly, a set of wine glasses. Available here.
9. Easily carry your wine bottles by wrapping them in your blanket.
10. Keep utensils from getting dirty by attaching them to clothes pins.
Get the tutorial here.
12. Pack individual lunchboxes.
To minimize squabbling.
13. You can even make your own lunch contaners.
Just don’t use them to carry anything terribly heavy, or ALL HELL (mayonnaise) WILL BREAK LOOSE. Directions here.
14. Pack spices in straws for easy transport.
You probably won’t need cumin, but I don’t know, I don’t know you. Instructions here.
15. Ensure your hot dogs never fall apart again.
A common picnic affliction.
17. Let muffin pans be your new best friend.
They’re perfect for serving deviled eggs, picnic food extraordinaire.
20. And muffin liners are rad in re: keep bugs out of your drinks.
These chocolate-filled strawberries are brilliant because they won’t melt all over your hands the way chocolate-covered ones will.
23. Also surprisingly versatile: watermelons.
Turn one into a keg.
Or a vase. Why do you need flowers in nature, you ask, where they roam free and wild? Shut up and look at the watermelon.
25. Speaking of watermelon, serve it pre-cut and on a stick.
So you don’t have to mess around with sharp knives and messy juices once you’re already settled in.
26. Keep your wine glasses and bottles from tipping over in the grass.
These little numbers are genius.
28. Serve food kebab-style.
Also great for preventing spillage.
30. Serve birthday cake truffle-style.
31. Individually packaged wine makes outside drinking a breeze.
Get them from Drink Stack.
32. As does a picnic table with a cooler trench.
33. Mason jars are excellent ways to transport food for picnics.
No matter how sick of mason jars you are, never underestimate their portability power. Find all the recipes you need to make a full Mason jar meal here.
You can even use them to serve non-picnic-y things like pasta.
And desserts. Also, there’s no hard and fast rule that says these NEED to come in jars; use Tupperware or Solo cups or anything else your heart desires.