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31 Ways To Step Up Your Picnic Game

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Snacks to get you started:

1. Marinated Olives

For olive you olive lovers. Get the recipe here.
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For olive you olive lovers. Get the recipe here.

2. (Classier) Cracker Stackers

Cheesin' hard. Find out how here.
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Cheesin' hard. Find out how here.

3. Homemade Hummus

Bread not included. Get the recipe here.
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Bread not included. Get the recipe here.

4. Zucchini Chips

The new kale chips. Recipe here.
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The new kale chips. Recipe here.

5. Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta

A classic. Recipe here.
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A classic. Recipe here.

6. Pickle & Ham Pinwheels

A deconstructed sandwich to pregame your sandwich. Recipe here.
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A deconstructed sandwich to pregame your sandwich. Recipe here.

7. Mayo-Olive Dip

Just pair with your go-to cracker. Get the recipe here.
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Just pair with your go-to cracker. Get the recipe here.

8. Caprese Skewers

Your favorite salad on a stick. Recipe here.
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Your favorite salad on a stick. Recipe here.

9. Guacamole

A must-have. Recipe here.
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A must-have. Recipe here.

To Sip On:

10. Vodka Sunrise Shot

Get that instagram shot while you're at it. Recipe here.
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Get that instagram shot while you're at it. Recipe here.

11. Lemon Ginger Mint Water

Just add those mint ice cubes (see below). Recipe here.
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Just add those mint ice cubes (see below). Recipe here.

12. Lemon Jello Shots

Turn that picnic into a darty. Find out how here.
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Turn that picnic into a darty. Find out how here.

13. Hibiscus Iced Tea

Purple drank. Get the recipe here.
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Purple drank. Get the recipe here.

14. Raspberry Mojito

Switch it up. Recipe here.
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Switch it up. Recipe here.

15. Drunken Dunkin’ Doughnuts Arnold Palmer Coolatta

Make it on the go. Find out how here.
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Make it on the go. Find out how here.

16. Margarita Lemonade

It's not just simply lemonade. Get the recipe here.
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It's not just simply lemonade. Get the recipe here.

For Sustenance:

17. Avocado Sandwich

Avocado for the win. Recipe here.
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Avocado for the win. Recipe here.

18. Mini Bagel Breakfast Sliders

Breakfast for lunch? Yes please. Get the recipe here.
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Breakfast for lunch? Yes please. Get the recipe here.

19. Sweet Potato Pomegranate Salad

A perfect excuse to use sweet potatoes. Get the recipe here.
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A perfect excuse to use sweet potatoes. Get the recipe here.

20. Chicken Cucumber Pita Pocket

Your go-to lunch when you're on-the-go. Recipe here.
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Your go-to lunch when you're on-the-go. Recipe here.

21. Southwestern Mason Jar Salad

Your friends will definitely wish they had thought of this. Find out how here.
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Your friends will definitely wish they had thought of this. Find out how here.

22. The Traditional Vegetable Wrap

Wrap it up. Recipe here.
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Wrap it up. Recipe here.

23. Mediterranean Pita Pizzas

A real-life lunchable. Find out how here.
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A real-life lunchable. Find out how here.

24. Ham and ‘Lettuce’ Sandwich

Gourmet style. Get the recipe here.
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Gourmet style. Get the recipe here.

25. Kartoffelsalat: German-Style Potato Salad

You can never go wrong with this killer classic. Recipe here.
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You can never go wrong with this killer classic. Recipe here.

26. Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches

What could be better? Recipe here.
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What could be better? Recipe here.

Sweets:

27. Aphrodisiac Brownies

Flirtatious. Recipe here.
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Flirtatious. Recipe here.

28. Chocolate Pretzel Bites

For when you don't want to go all-out. Recipe here.
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For when you don't want to go all-out. Recipe here.

29. Mango and Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Easily transportable. Get the recipe here.
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Easily transportable. Get the recipe here.

30. Sangria Popsicles

Cooler necessary. Find out how here.
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Cooler necessary. Find out how here.

31. S'mores

Always wanting s'more. Recipe here.
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Always wanting s'more. Recipe here.

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