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Rediscover the perfect picnic spot – your own backyard! From PB&Js to composed salads, backyard picnics can be as simple or sophisticated as you like. It feels like a special time out even when you can’t go very far. Here is what you will need:

Seating

A picnic blanket, tablecloth, bedspread or large beach towels. Alternatively, a table and chairs.

Location

Choose a shady, flat spot. No shade? Make sure to have sunglasses, hats and plenty of sunscreen. Use bug repellent as needed.

Keep the good times rolling with these food safety tips.

Utensils

Durable plates and cups, flatware and napkins.

Drinks

Ice cold water or other hydrating beverages.

Food

Choose recipes that can be prepared ahead of time, are easy to eat and can stand up to the heat. Fresh fruits and vegetables, sandwiches and wraps and vinegar rather than mayonnaise based salads are excellent options. Use a cooler or bowls full of ice to keep food cold. Cover food to protect from flies and other pests.

Salads

Sandwiches/Wraps

Snacks

Optional

Music, outdoor games and DIY popsicles for dessert!

See more of the fresh, fun and healthy recipes on our Wellness blog.

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