Sure, you could always stop by the grocery store and grab some finger foods—or make your own elaborate spread at home before transporting the mostly messy meal to your backyard or local park. But why do that when you could picnic smarter? We have 27 hacks (some DIY projects!) to help your summer picnics be more organized—and tasty—events. Keep reading for more tips, like bringing along a serving tray for drinks or to use as an even, stable surface.
DIY condiment caddy Learn how to make your own condiment caddy out of a cardboard six-pack holder in just a few steps over on Design Sponge. Nobody will ever know it's reused bottle packaging—they'll simply think it's a cute caddy!
bring a board for your cheese A picnic without cheese? Don't you dare. Be the picnic hero and bring a wooden cheeseboard so everyone has a sturdy base to cut their slices (or large chunks, we know the drill) of cheese before transferring to their own plates.
easy drinking Bringing drinks—but forgetting a wine screw or beer opener—is the absolute worst picnic scenario. Plan ahead and make sure to buy twist of wine and beer bottles, or take a walk on the wild side and try some canned wine. Union Wine Company, based in Oregon, has great bottles and cans and you can't beat Lila Wine's cute cans.
BBQ in a jar Because you deserve to try eating all your favorite meals out of Mason jars. Jokes aside, canning your courses is an effortless way to make your meal less messy. See one example on Nest of Posies.
tie your sandwiches You can't expect to throw sandwiches into a container and have them stay together perfectly. Tying your sandwiches (preferably baguettes, like you see here) is a chic alternative to tin foil or plastic wrap.
inside out chocolate covered strawberries Avoid a melty mess by scraping out strawberries and adding chocolate to the inside instead of the outside. You'll have a lot less sticky fingers to deal with and a lot of happy attendees.
keep your blanket dry Whether it's recently rained or not, there are a few ways you can avoid soiling your favorite picnic blanket. Our two faves? This DIY tutorial from Martha Stewart and simply laying out a plastic shower curtain under your blanket before sitting.
disinfecting wipes Because nobody likes to end a party by pouring what little bottled water is left over their hands before wiping them on their clothes. (Bummer.) Bring disinfecting wipes along and you'll instantly become the picnic's favorite guest.