Picnic Perfect

Rethink clunky wicker baskets and fussy foods. We've rounded up simple, crowd-pleasing recipes and smart products sure to make your picnic a walk in the park.

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Scrumptious Sandwich

Paula Hible

Scrumptious Sandwich

Sandwiches are great picnic fare. But you don't have to resort to an everyday PB&J -- make the outing feel special with out-of-the-ordinary combos like hummus and diced bell peppers.

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It's a Wrap

It's a Wrap

This fresh take on tuna is packed with protein, thanks to cannellini beans. Chopped carrots and cucumbers add a fun crunch. Stash in a cooler until you're ready to serve.

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Grab-and-Go Granola Bar

Paula Hible

Grab-and-Go Granola Bar

Prepare this wholesome and hearty snack in advance -- you can store in the freezer for up to three months. Just defrost a few on the morning of your picnic.

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No-Cook Kabobs

Paula Hible

No-Cook Kabobs

This skewered berries-and-pound-cake combo gives kids something sweet to nosh on. Use cookie cutters to slice cake into fun shapes.

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Berry Nice Pasta Salad

Frances Janisch

Berry Nice Pasta Salad

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Blanket Statement

Courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond

Blanket Statement

The Velcro closure and a handle make this picnic blanket super easy to tote. Bonus: It has a waterproof backing, so you don't have to worry about sitting on wet grass.

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Cool It

Courtesy of Crate and Barrel

Cool It

This chic cooler folds flat, so storage is a cinch.

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Box Lunch

Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids

Box Lunch

Separate compartments make it easy for kids to snack on fruits, veggies, crackers, and nuts without anything getting soggy.

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Outdoor Entertainment

Peter Krumhardt

Outdoor Entertainment

Organize activities to keep kids entertained between bites. Go on a nature scavenger hunt, then use leaves, pinecones, or twigs to play a game of tic-tac-toe on your picnic blanket (just pack a bit of tape or ribbon to make the board). Devise an obstacle course race around trees or playground structures. First one back to the blanket wins! Your little ones will be sure to work up an appetite.

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