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Elegant entertaining — you know, wine glasses, flowers, clean house — can feel like a bridge too far when you’ve got little kids running around. Suddenly your beautifully set table is littered with "Star Wars" figurines. Or someone mistakes the first course for an after-camp snack and eats it. And when you do make it to the table, the kids are restless and asking to be excused. When the weather is gorgeous, we say forget it. Head to a local park or even your backyard and make picnics a way to get together with family and friends. The food is easy, breezy, the kids can run wild and your grandmother’s china lives another day. What’s not to love? Honestly, we like picnics so much we’ve been known to have them on the living room floor in the middle of winter!
Here are a few of our favorite recipes to try at your next picnic.
It’s just not a picnic without a potato salad. We love this Creamy Potato Salad which manages to retain some crunch with radishes and pickles.
And everyone will want seconds of this hearty Orzo Salad with Fresh Basil and Feta!