Gingham Picnic Food and Drink Ideas

Get grillin' and chillin' with these tasty ideas for summer barbecues! Fire up your BBQ with classic style! Create a fresh take on the classic picnic look with red and white gingham all over! Cook up a celebratory feel with a cool chalkboard sign and serve picnic faves like potato salad, burgers, lemonade, cherry pie and strawberry cupcakes. These easy ideas will make you want to fire up the grill this weekend!

Idea 1: Pie-in-a-jar is the dessert star!

This pie idea gets a blue ribbon. Not only is cherry pie-in-a-jar mouthwateringly delicious, it's fun to get crafty with mason jar lids. Get details on how to make these here!

Idea 2: Fire up your BBQ with classic style

Create a fresh take on the classic picnic look with red and white gingham all over! Cook up a celebratory feel with a cool chalkboard sign and serve picnic faves like potato salad, burgers, lemonade, cherry pie and strawberry cupcakes. Get easy ideas that will make you want to fire up the grill this weekend!

Idea 3: Burgers look fab served in baskets!

We're loving this idea straight out of a classic burger joint. Serve your soon-to-be-famous burgers in plastic baskets displayed on a matching tray. Individual baskets look bold and colorful; they make it easy for BBQers to pick up, eat and mingle all at once. Dig in!

Idea 4: Strawberry cupcakes for a sweet finish!

Wow the picnic guests by adding a cupcake tower to your sizzling soiree. Bake shortcake cupcakes in red polka dot baking cups and top them with icing and fresh strawberries – so easy and impressive. Decorate a plain white tower with a bit of red curling ribbon to coordinate it with your gingham look. Your berry yummy treats will keep them nibbling even after the grill's turned off!

Idea 5: Cherry lemonade in jars = too cute

Chill while you grill – with a lemonade! Make this classic beverage match your gingham party theme by filling gingham-print mason jars with some maraschino cherry juice at the bottom and your fave lemonade recipe. Wrap the jars with gingham basket liners to add style and garnish with cherries and a pineapple wedge. Don't forget to sticker a cute drink name on the jar. It's a drink as refreshing as a summer breeze!

Idea 6: We ♥ yummy potato salad in mini cups!

Potato salad is a must! Give it a colorful new twist with adorable mini cups! Our recipe: boiled red potatoes tossed in a vinaigrette of champagne vinegar, whole grain mustard and olive oil. Sprinkle on finely chopped celery, bacon, radishes, red onion and parsley and let everyone season with salt and pepper to taste. They won't be on the tray for long!

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