The recent wave of glorious weather can only mean one thing. It’s picnic season! Whether it’s spending an afternoon in a park, enjoying an outdoor concert, playing at the beach, or relaxing after a daylong excursion, a casual, yet well prepared meal is the highlight of any picnic. For the next couple of weeks we’re sharing a slew of picnic-friendly recipes and tips for putting together that perfect outdoor meal . . . just in time for summer!

A Perfect Picnic // HonestlyYUM

Strawberry Basil Shortcake // HonestlyYUM

Strawberry Basil Shortcake in a Jar
The thing that gets me most excited about summer is all the wonderful sweet fruit available, especially strawberries. When I thought about the perfect picnic dessert, strawberry shortcake in a jar instantly came to mind.

A Perfect Picnic // HonestlyYUM

Cucumber Lemon Drop // HonestlyYUM

Cucumber Lemon Drop – Picnic Style
No picnic is complete without refreshments, and nothing is more refreshing than an ice-cold cucumber lemon drop. I enjoy making this drink for events because the flavors are simple, clean, and appeal to most.

A Perfect Picnic // HonestlyYUM

Muffaletta Sandwich
Although sandwiches seem like a given for a picnic, they’re tricky because you run the risk of ending up with soggy bread. However with certain sandwiches, it isn’t the worst thing to have the sandwich […]

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Muffaletta // HonestlyYUM

A Perfect Picnic // HonestlyYUM

A Perfect Picnic // HonestlyYUM

(images by HonestlyWTF; Pottery Barn Rattan Picnic Basket $89 | Pottery Barn Gingham Tablecloth $59 | Pottery Barn Gingham Napkins $22 | Pottery Barn Paros Tray $69)