Consider making your day outside all the more memorable by packing a homemade picnic for your party. It’s easier than you think to prepare delicious, summertime dishes for all of your friends and family, no matter the size.

Warmer weather means long days at the park, sunset boating on the lake, lazy Sundays relaxing poolside, and beautiful hilltop hikes with family and friends. And of course, delicious food. No matter how you and your loved ones care to celebrate the sunshine, eating outdoors comes with the summertime territory.

While there are many delicious picnic food options, it’s great to find dishes that can be scaled up for a more sizable gathering. We’ve all seen it happen. 

Apart from the obvious hot dogs and hamburgers, people love to snack on things like chips and dip, deviled eggs, and potato salad when entertaining outdoors. Grabbing a quick pizza to go or sub sandwich on the run are popular options, too. But there really is something to be said for taking the time to pack your own homemade food and enjoying the efforts that went into making a special meal, no matter how casual the ambiance.

There’s a reason behind the charm of vintage picnic baskets and gingham blankets. Picnics are popular because they are a pleasure, a special time to slow down, enjoy the people we love, and share some delicious food, made all the better by being outside.

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