10 Reasons We're Obsessed with Picnicking

Whether it's at a park, a beach, or right in your backyard, roll out your picnic blanket and have a seat -- it's time to get your alfresco on. Not convinced by fresh air and food alone? These 10 reasons will have you planning your next picnic, stat.

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    The Blankets

    Be like Lovely Indeed -- stand out in a sea of quilts with an embroidered picnic blanket. No need to buy new, just stitch your favorite phrase onto one you already have. Adorable!

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    The Baskets

    Why buy a fancy-schmancy picnic basket when you can build one of your own? Lovely Indeed shows us how to do it with a plain wicker basket, colorful elastic, glue, and a bit of Parisian inspiration. (The French are picnic pros, after all.)

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    The Cheese Boards

    The coolest thing since sliced bread? A selection of cheeses for topping it, of course! Fill up on favorites like Brie, cheddar, and Gruyere. If you really want to get jazzy, add some meat and fruit to your tray.

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    How to Cut the Cheese (in a Good Way)

    Make your cheese board look as good as it tastes with a few of our expert styling tips!

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    The Fresh Foods

    Fresh foods only for an alfresco affair. The View From Great Island gets things going with antipasto skewers featuring cured meats, olives, cheeses, peppers, and artichoke hearts. Delish!

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    The People Watching

    We know it's not nice to stare and all, but for a good people-watching sesh, we'll make an exception. Now all you need is a glass of wine!

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    The Simplicity

    Impromptu or planned, you can never go wrong with simple. Like this cool, crisp salad recipe from Not Without Salt. All you need: watermelon, red onion, salty feta, and basil. 

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    The Views

    Why wait in line for a patio table at the restaurant when you could be eating your favorite foods outside right now? Not to mention, picnics are a breath of fresh air from your normal routine -- literally. 

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    The Foods-in-a-Cup

    Because we can't bring our china everywhere. The Chic Site gets extra creative by filling plastic to-go cups with salads, snacks, and more. Pop a fork in the lid for convenient toting. 

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    The Treats

    Whether it's brownies, bars, or pies, no picnic is complete without a sweet ending. Unless of course you bring Not Without Salt's Oatmeal Pecan Cookies -- then it's dessert first!

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    The Plaid

    It's no secret we love plaid. (The New Cook Book, anyone?) It's classic, inviting, and screams summer spread. A picnic without it would just be wrong. 

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