How to Set Up a Chic Picnic

These picnic prep tips make a pulled-together outdoor meal a cinch

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Designer Nathan Turner gives us the inside scoop on the top picnic ideas that he uses to add classy, festive details to any al fresco meal. Some standout tips include using frozen water bottles to keep food cold (and double as chilled water for drinking later), packing large blankets for comfy seating, and using takeout containers to carry the food. “For dishes like Peanut Ramen-Noodle Salad, I like to use Chinese takeout food boxes. You can make it the day before and pack it in individual servings,” Turner says. Other easy picnic ideas include naturally sealed snacks like clementines and shelled peanuts.