Picnic Recipes for Every Kind of Occasion

We've got an easy-to-pull-off menu for any outdoor occasion. You cook one thing, buy the rest, and all that's left is to spread out the blanket!
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We've got an easy-to-pull-off menu for any outdoor occasion. You cook one thing, buy the rest, and all that's left is to spread out the blanket!

Afternoon Date

Treat your sweetie to a day in the park with refreshing shrimp salad, an adorable charcuterie plate and a romantic fondue dessert.

Afternoon Date

What to Make

Complete your perfect park picnic with this easy-to-pack Grilled Shrimp Salad.

Grilled Shrimp Salad

Grilled Shrimp Salad

What to Buy

Cheese, salami, olives, a baguette, rosé wine, chocolate sauce and cookies.

Buy it

A Cut Above

Pack a small cutting board and a pairing knife. Because who wants to saw through salami with a plastic knife?

A Cut Above

Fundue Fun

Heat store-bought hot fudge sauce in this votive-powered fondue set by Mastrad, then dip your favorite cookies ($15, chefsresource.com).

Fundue

Concert in the Park

Nothing goes better with music than a delicious meal and a cool beer!

Concert in the Park

What to Make

Grilled Pork with Rice & Quinoa Salad is easy to pack in individual portions, which means no extra serving utensils or platters required!

Grilled Pork with Rice & Quinoa Salad

Grilled Pork with Rice & Quinoa Salad

What to Buy

Pickles, beer, fruit tart, heavy cream and crystallized ginger.

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Get Snappy

Each Kip It Cutlery To Go set gives you two handles and mix-and-match heads. Snap on a fork, knife, spoon -- or chopsticks! ($6 for a set, surlatable.com)

Get Snappy

Cool Bag!

Save room in your cooler by packing your beers in a Chill It six-pack freezable bag. ($15, chillitbags.com)

Cool Bag

Whip Smart

Jazz up a bakery tart or cake with a dollop of cream whipped with chopped crystallized ginger.

Whip Smart

Day at the Beach

Catch some waves and refuel on delicious fried chicken, refreshing coleslaw and sweet iced tea. Don't forget the sunscreen!

Day at the Beach

What to Make

Tossing the chicken with salt and seasonings, then refrigerating it overnight, infuses it with flavor all the way to the bone. Fry it up the next morning and chill it until you're ready to go!

Do-Ahead Fried Chicken

Do-Ahead Fried Chicken

What to Buy

Coleslaw, corn bread, honey, butter, cayenne, sweet iced tea, berries, whipped cream and vanilla wafer cookies.

Buy it

Green Day

Swap out paper plates for ones made from bamboo: They're pretty and compost-friendly. ($10 for 8; bambuhome.com)

Green Day

Berry Clever

For a quick dessert, layer your favorite berries in small jars with whipped cream and vanilla wafers.

Berry Clever

Butter Up

Extra credit: Before you pack the butter, mix it with honey and cayenne.

Butter Up

Go for the Grill

Don't have a grill at home? You've got the perfect excuse to get out to a beach or park that does!

Go for the Grill

What to Make

Not loving the grungy grates on that public barbecue? This Grilled Salmon with Mint Tzatziki gets prepped in a foil packet that you can toss right on the grill.

Grilled Salmon with Mint Tzatziki

Grilled Salmon with Mint Tzatziki

What to Buy

Stuffed grape leaves, tabbouleh, pita bread, Greek salad, white wine, lemon-flavored seltzer, lemons, figs and baklava.

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Soft Sell

Skip the paper towels; bring a perforated roll of washable, reusable MyDrap green-striped cotton napkins instead. ($30 for a roll of 12, amazon.com)

Soft Sell

Ice Age

The Hammered Acrylic Bowl has a bottom compartment for ice to keep your greens cool. ($40, surlatable.com)

Ice Age

Fizz Whiz

Turn your white wine into a refreshing spritzer by adding lemon-flavored seltzer, ice and a lemon slice.

Fizz Whiz

Take a Hike

Reward your effort with a hearty sandwich, energy-enhancing hummus and a sweet chocolate treat!

Take a Hike

What to Make

This New Orleans-style marinated sandwich can be made the night before. It just gets better as it sits!

Muffuletta with Artichoke Tapenade

Muffuletta with Artichoke Tapenade

What to Buy

Carrot and celery sticks, hummus, potato chips, orange slices and herbs (for flavoring water), grapes and chocolate bars.

Buy it

Carry-Ons

Fill an interlocking GoStak container with salt, pepper, hummus and paprika-spiked EVOO; Drizzle the oil on the hummus before serving. ($9 and up, blenderbottle.com)

Carry-ons

Sip Tip

Add fresh herbs and citrus slices to your water. The better it tastes, the more you'll drink!

Sip Tip