8 Essentials for the Perfect Summer Picnic

perfect summer picnic packaging

Since it’s summer we know that you’re enjoying fun in the sun by getting outside whenever possible. And whether you’re hitting up a summer concert in the park or a late afternoon hike, be sure to wind down the day with nice picnic. Grab a basket and enjoy an alfresco outdoor meal under the summer sky.

Pack the cooler, get your favorite blanket and celebrate summer outdoors with these 8 creative essentials for the perfect summer picnic.

1. Brown Bag with Clip on Utensils

Learn to make cute clip on utensils for your brown bag meals.

brown bag utensils

2. Boxed Lunches

Wrap up kraft to-go boxes with a strip of lace and a wooden fork. Attach a custom label listing of what’s in the box or personalize with the names of your picnic guests.

boxed lunches

3. Iced Tea Smoothies

Your guests can grab a cold drink from a tub of mason jar beverages. This refreshing and sweet iced tea smoothie will keep them cool.

iced tea smoothies

4. Picnic Crudite Loaf

Start your picnic off with crudites nestled in a loaf of bread for something different and unique!

crudite loaf

5. Wrap Your Sandwich in Paper

Place your sandwiches in a little parchment paper and wrap with a piece of twine for a portable feast.

wrapped sandwiches

6. Strawberry Hand Pies

Hand pies are a picnic must! Fold up in a paper napkin and place in a basket for a fun treat.

strawberry hand pies

7. Caramel Corn in a Bag

Place your favorite caramel corn in a brown sack and clip with a clothespin. Add a strip of washi tape to match your theme. Print out or stamp a label on the bag.

bagged caramel corn

8. Portable Bruschetta Bar (Coupons.com exclusive)

bruschetta bar

Bring a portable bruschetta bar along to start off your picnic. Everyone will have fun building their own bruschetta by setting out rustic bread, a few varieties of cheese, toppings and fresh fruit.

Cherry Thyme Bruschetta: Pit and cut cherries in half. Place in a bowl along with 1 chopped scallion, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, a pinch of salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use. Serve with goat cheese or brie.

bruschetta ingredients

Roasted Grape Rosemary Bruschetta: Cut 1 cup of grapes in half and place in baking pan. Drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Serve with brie cheese.

Caprese Bruschetta:  Cut Roma tomatoes in half and place in a baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle 2 cloves garlic and finish with a pinch of salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 404 minutes. Serve with mozzarella or ricotta cheese and fresh basil.

cheri_liefeldCheri Liefeld of Adventures in the Kitchen believes in celebrating life around the table. She is a recipe developer, cooking instructor and writer. She blogs over at Adventures In The Kitchen where she shares easy to make recipes, party inspiration and ideas for cooking with kids.

A native of Southern California her cooking is filled with fresh ingredients from local farmers markets and often served spicy.