The idea of throwing a blanket down over bright green grass and opening a cute picnic basket full of nosh聽is pretty dreamy. But take it from聽us: If you鈥檙e ill-prepared, a picnic is *no* walk in the park. Between spilled drinks, busted sandwiches, and crushed cookies,聽you鈥檒l likely be tempted聽to throw your hat in and order parkside delivery (that鈥檚 a thing, right?). Luckily, the聽chaos is easy to prevent. By making note of聽these 14 tips and tricks, you鈥檒l be dubbed the聽picnic maven in your social circle.

1. Summertime Sun Tea:聽Lugging a heavy pitcher of iced tea or flavored water around sounds like a pain in the butt, amirite?聽Instead, fill glass jars with your fave fruits, your cooling beverage of choice, and handy lids to avoid spills.聽(via Thirsty for Tea)

2. Tied Sandwiches:聽Nobody wants their sandwiches toppling over and falling apart en route. Keep them in mint condition by wrapping them with deli paper and tying them with string. (via Host the Toast)

3. Egg Carton Mini Cupcakes:聽Transporting frilly cupcakes to a picnic always sounds great in theory, but in practice it can often lead to a forehead-slapping mess. Luckily, egg cartons create a safe and secure space for such an occasion, so bake away. (via Baked by Rachel)

4. Drinking Glass Speakers:聽A sunny afternoon in the park begs for聽a good soundtrack.聽If you can sneak聽an extra drinking glass into your picnic basket, you鈥檙e set. The concave shape of the glass amplifies the tunes so you can jam out and enjoy. (via Seventh House on the Left)

5. A Makeshift Basket:聽No fancy basket, no problem. You don鈥檛 need a pricey box with umpteen聽compartments to聽successfully transport your goodies. Anything with a sturdy handle that鈥檚 easy to carry will work: think wired basket or a canvas tote. (via Minted)

6. BBQ Condiments:聽If you鈥檙e firing up the grill at your picnic in the park, you can set out your condiments in an easy-to-grab fashion by using a muffin tin. Genius.聽(via Yesterday on Tuesday)

7. Antipasto Skewers:聽Everyone *loves* a charcuterie and cheese spread, but hauling a bunch of jars and meats around is a whole lot of NOPE. You can, however, turn this聽romantic idea into a manageable one by making聽antipasto skewers. (via Honey and Birch)

8. Individual Seven-Layer Dips:聽Let鈥檚 be real: Diving into a seven-layer taco dip is one of the highlights of a cookout.聽With small plastic cups, you can create handy little individual portions to tag along to your modest park lunch. (via The Girl Who Ate Everything)

9. Perler Bead Cup Covers:聽If you need a use for that bag of leftover perler beads sitting in your craft closet, here you go. Not only are they super cute, but they鈥檒l keep bugs and debris out of your drinks.聽(via Makezine)

10. No-Bake Mason Jar Cheesecakes:聽Cheesecake for dessert is always a hit, and these individual no-bake servings are picnic perfection. (via Brit + Co)

11. Grill Food in Foil Packets:聽If you want to maximize on grilling space and minimize clean-up, foil packets are the way to go. Easy and tasty, this recipe brings chicken and veggies together for a satisfying al fresco聽meal. (via Diethood)

12. Muffin Tin Drink Holder:聽Sitting or laying on a blanket with beverages is just asking for a spill. Don鈥檛 get your blanket wet; muffin tins work amazingly as drink holders and will keep your beverages聽secure.聽(via Forkful)

13.聽Avoid Discolored Apples With Rubber Bands:聽Preppin鈥 in advance? If you鈥檙e pre-slicing fruit, keep your apple slices together with rubber bands to prevent them from browning and drying out.聽(via Seventeen)

14. The Condiment Caddy:聽This smart and crafty idea is LIFE. All you need is a six-pack case, oil cloth, craft glue, and rope to create these charming little condiment caddies.聽(via Clinton Kelly)

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