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Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Picnic

Enjoy the ultimate outdoor dining experience with these picnic recipes and tips.

Fill Your Picnic Basket with Happy Memories

When the weather’s beautiful, there’s nothing better than a picnic. Whether you’re enjoying fun in the sun with family or friends, you know The Recipe for Happiness Starts with C&H™. So fill your basket with dishes, treats and drinks made with C&H® Sugar. 

Finding the Right Recipes 

From delightful salads to savory entrées to sweet treats, your alfresco dining options are endless. To help you find the best dishes for your picnic, we’ve gathered our top recipes made with C&H® Sugar. So, your outdoor adventure goes off without a hitch. 

Melon Ball Punch 

Before you head out to enjoy the fresh weather, make sure to pack a refreshing beverage. Our recipe for Melon Ball Punch is simply delightful. It starts with watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe fruit balls. Then, you mix in white grape juice, sparkling water and the sweet taste of C&H® Organic Cane Sugar. After one sip, you’ll know why it’s the go-to drink for any picnic. 

Strawberry Salad with Honey-Poppy Seed Dressing

When it comes to picnics, lighter foods are often the better choice. Instead of sandwiches and greasy potato chips, try packing our Strawberry Salad with Honey-Poppy Seed Dressing. You can easily transport it in a mason jar, and its four layers of fruits, nuts, lettuce and chicken will fill you up without weighing you down. 

Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce

If you want to take your open-air dining experience up a notch, try our recipe for Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce. These deliciously crunchy shrimp are breaded in coconut flakes and paired with a spicy chili sauce. Serve them at your next picnic and you’re sure to surprise and delight your loved ones. 

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

It’s not a picnic without something sweet. From the park to the beach, our Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies are perfect for every location. They’re absolutely delicious and 100% gluten-free. 

Get Ready for Your Picnic 

Once you’ve finished preparing your food, it’s time to pack your picnic basket. There are a few standard supplies you’ll need like plates, bowls, napkins and a picnic blanket. But there are also a few unique items that will make your day outside one to remember:

Wine Totes 

Whether you’re bringing Melon Ball Punch or a delicious Summertime cocktail made with C&H Sugar® to your picnic, a great way to transport your beverages is in a wine tote. These convenient bags have multiple pouches, so you can pre-mix your drinks in mason jars and have them ready to serve upon arrival. 

Picnic Coolers 

For dishes that are best served cold, like our Strawberry Salad with Honey-Poppy Seed Dressing, nothing is better than a picnic cooler. It’s an unbeatable way to serve your guests something cool and refreshing, even when it’s warm outside. 

Platters & Cheese Boards

If you plan on serving a dish or appetizer for the whole group to share, a serving platter or cheese board is an excellent way to lay out your spread. For recipes such as our Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce, we recommend a picnic-friendly plastic platter.