We have just the right picnic menu ideas and DIY picnic decorations to make it an extra-special afternoon. We also have packing tips to help you get the picnic sandwiches, beverages, sides, and other goodies that you packed in your picnic basket to your destination in one beautiful piece.
Baltimore Peach CakeThis subtly sweet yeasted cake topped with fresh peaches is a Baltimore staple. Martha made this recipe on episode 702 of Martha Bakes.
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Easy DIY Picnic Blanket CarrierMake this clever carrier, and tote your picnic bag like a yoga mat for easier transportation.
Picnic Sandwich Recipes
Sandwiches are the perfect picnic solution: They can be made in advance and travel with ease. Browse our collection of recipes to find the right one for your summer get-together.
Plan a Picnic Lunch with the KidsKids can plan, prepare, and pack this portable lunch in no time at all. Plus, it's easy to eat and clean up!
Pack and Go: Summer Picnic Recipes
From colorful baskets to simple blanket ideas, handy utensil holders to festive outdoor decorations, prepare to picnic in style with 21 fun -- and functional -- crafts.
Garden Clean-Up Picnic
Good Things for a Perfect Summer PicnicWe believe that during the summer, all food should be consumed outside. Why dine in the dreary indoors when the sun is so inviting? And nothing feels more luxurious than a well-packed picnic. From what to pack to how to pack it, here are some Good Things that'll make your summer picnic one for the books.
Your Great American Summer: How to Throw a Picnic PartyStep up your game with these memorable recipes and crafts, no matter how long you’ve got to pack the basket.
Martha's Favorite Picnic RecipesDining in the great outdoors doesn't have to mean roughing it, you can eat exquisitely when you pack your basket with some of Martha’s favorite picnic foods.
Picnic Italiano: Simple Dishes for an Alfresco Evening
Italian food is often marked by the simplicity of recipes, depth of flavors, and no-fuss presentation. So make some fresh salads, simple sandwiches, and delectable desserts and head to your favorite picnic spot to indulge in what Italians refer to as “il dolce far niente,” the sweetness of doing nothing.Recipe
Black-Raspberry Crumb CakeIf you can't find black raspberries, feel free to substitute red ones. Martha made this recipe on episode 702 of Martha Bakes.Recipe
Mayo-Free Chicken SaladThis healthy chicken salad is blended with yogurt and mustard instead of the traditional mayonnaise.Recipe
Apricot- Raspberry Frangipane TartThe butter for the frangipane should be about the same firmness as the almond paste so the two combine smoothly; otherwise you will wind up with lumps of almond paste in your frangipane. This tart is best eaten the day it's made.Recipe
Basil Corn Muffins with Goat CheeseThese savory muffins are portable -- and perfect for a festive occasion, like a picnic.Recipe
Triple Citrus-AdeThis refreshing drink made with orange, lime, and lemon will help you keep cool on a hot summer day.Recipe
Watermelon-Pineapple Fruit SaladThis refreshing summertime fruit salad is made with plums, peaches, watermelon, raspberries, and mint.Recipe
Sauteed OkraSeasoned with bacon and red pepper, sauteed okra is a classic side dish that also works beautifully when served at room temperature for a picnic. For the best flavor and texture, cook okra quickly over high heat.Recipe
Wild Mushroom CrackersThese crackers use mushroom powder made from dried mushrooms ground with a mortar and pestle or in a spice grinder; it adds a rich, earthy flavor to these savory snacks.Recipe
Cornmeal Cake with Cream and BerriesDollops of whipped cream and fresh blackberries are sandwiched between sweet cake made with cornmeal.Recipe
Spinach-and-Goat-Cheese SaladFigs add a lovely sweetness to this classic salad combination.Recipe
Warm Nectarine TurnoversBursting with the sweet-and-tart taste of nectarines, these turnovers are the perfect way to end a picnic lunch.Recipe
Pickled Beet RelishFor a more colorful relish, use a combination of red and golden beets. Serve the pickled beets with poached or smoked salmon, or toss them into a salad made with toasted walnuts, endive, and fresh goat cheese.Recipe
Hot Mint LemonadePiping-hot lemonade makes a surprisingly satisfying autumn drink. If you're packing this lemonade for a picnic, pour it into a large thermos while it's still hot.Recipe
Broiled Apricots with Stirred CustardHalved, pitted, filled with butter and brown sugar, and then broiled, apricots are a delicious treat over custard, or over oatmeal for breakfast.Recipe
Mixed Rice SaladParsley, sage, and thyme enlivens this rice salad, while toasted almonds give it a nutty crunch.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Sweet-and-Sour Cucumber SaladThis cucumber salad is spiced with a little dry mustard.Recipe
Warm Bean, Snap Pea, and Tomato SaladCannellini are white Italian kidney beans. Try substituting cranberry, pinto, or other dried beans in this salad. To save time, canned beans can be used in place of dried.Recipe
Lemon, Blackberry, and Meringue ParfaitAn exuberant twist of meringue nearly escapes the pull of gravity in this light confection. Its layers include crunchy meringue, smooth lemon curd, frothy whipped cream, and juicy blackberries.Recipe
Bagna Cauda with Broccoflower and Toasted Country BreadBroccoflower is a cross between broccoli and cauliflower; it's delicious served with thick slices of country bread and bagna cauda -- an Italian dipping sauce.See More