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Picnic Ideas - Plan a Memorable Picnic

Picnics are portable parties with all the essential entertaining elements: Wonderful ambiance, delicious food & drinks, and good company. Whether you're heading for a country meadow, public park, city rooftop or a cozy spot in front of the fireplace, the following tips will help you pack your picnic basket with pizzazz.

Things to Bring:

* Plates

* Glassware (acrylics are great for outdoors)

* Utensils (including serving spoons)

* Blanket or tablecloth

* Napkins

* Knife/corkscrew

* Small cutting board

* Insulated containers for hot or cold foods (click here for ideas)

* Candles or lanterns (for romantic evening picnics)

Picnic Basket Themes:

Wine & Cheese

A bottle of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou. (Not to mention a variety of gourmet cheeses, seedless grapes, strawberries, and chocolate truffles.)

Afternoon Tea

Fill your basket with afternoon delights: A thermos of hot tea, scones, finger sandwiches, and cookies. (For recipes, see our Proper Tea menu.)

Antipasti Al Fresco

Pack an passionate array of olives, marinated vegetables, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, figs, and breadsticks. That's amore!

Breakfast at the Beach

Watch the sun rise over the water while enjoying a thermos of hot coffee, freshly-squeezed orange juice, homemade muffins, and frittata squares.

Opera in the Park

The picnic's not over 'till the fat lady sings! Bring along a basket brimming with gourmet goodies like champagne, caviar, lobster salad, smoked salmon, and chilled prawns.

Cocktail Hour

Mix up a thermos or two of your favorite cocktails (click for recipes) and create your own outdoor happy hour. Just add chicken wings, mini egg rolls, veggies & dip, and Pigs in a Blanket.

Japanese Garden Picnic

Pack some sushi from your favorite Japanese restaurant (or make your own), along with a thermos of hot miso soup (click for recipe), chicken teriyaki, cucumber salad, and Japanese beer or sake. (Don't forget the chopsticks and soy sauce.)

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