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Perfectly Packable

Who doesn’t love a picnic? And while the eats and drinks should be simple and fuss-free to maximize your relaxation and fun, the fare doesn’t have to be boring.

Tiffany Duncan
Chelsi Fisher
March 29, 2017

With the advent of spring and warmer temps, we can finally come out of indoor hibernation. April is azalea month in Oklahoma, which means our state parks are beginning to burst with red and pink blooms.

What better way to welcome all that beauty than with a picnic? Fancy or casual, an outdoor picnic is the very best way to spend some time basking in the sunshine.

Here are a few snacks, tips, and hacks for throwing the most successful and Insta-worthy picnic.

No-bake Blueberry Cheesecake Jars

This recipe is a little bit involved, but it looks and tastes so good you won’t regret the effort.

No-bake Blueberry Cheesecake Jars
No-bake Blueberry Cheesecake Jars (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

Caprese Salad Skewers

These little salad skewers are the best kind of snack; they look incredibly fancy but are nearly effortless to prepare.

Caprese Salad Skewers
Caprese Salad Skewers (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

Fresh Squeezed Strawberry Lemonade

Nothing complements a picnic meal quite like a cool and refreshing pitcher of homemade lemonade.

Fresh Squeezed Strawberry Lemonade
Fresh Squeezed Strawberry Lemonade (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

Gourmet Picnic Sandwich

Any sandwich will work on a picnic, but this one will make you and your picnic guests feel extra fancy.

Gourmet Picnic Sandwich
Gourmet Picnic Sandwich (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

Picnic Hacks

  • Check the weather days in advance before planning a picnic. Nothing kills the enjoyment more than rain or excessive wind.
  • If the ground is wet, spread out a shower curtain liner and lay your blanket on top to keep it from getting soaked.
  • Freeze glass bottles of water or juice (nothing carbonated!) and pack them in your picnic bag to keep things cold during travel. Then as they melt in the sun, you’ll have something cool and icy to drink.
  • If you’re worried about bugs, put drinks in jars with lids and straws. Bananas and grapefruit also naturally repel insects.
  • Turn up the whimsy by packing one or two fun items (like balloons, patterned paper straws or a cute serving tray) to really turn your picnic into a special, memorable occasion.

Beautiful Places to Picnic Around Green Country

  • Woodward Park
  • Centennial Park
  • Oxley Nature Center
  • Riverside
  • Honor Heights Park
  • Chandler Park
  • Guthrie Green