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6 tips and tricks for planning the perfect picnic – Forkful. Whether you’re heading to a nighttime movie at your local park or spending the afternoon at the pool, picnics are as synonymous with summer as sun. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 6 essential picnic tips and tricks for planning the perfect picnic. Shower cap snack cover Let’s be honest, picnicking is great but the bugs that come with it aren’t.

Next time you’re eating outdoors, pack a shower cap to easily cover your bowl of snacks. Now you won’t have to worry about pesky critters finding their way into your crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix. Pack eclectic, disposable serveware Keep your picnic festive, fun and free of any mess by packing decorated, disposable serveware. Fail-proof drink hack There’s nothing worse than spilled drinks all over your picnic blanket. Pack, 3-ingredient cocktails like this Cherry Bourbon Lemonade made with 3 cups of lemonade, 1 cup of bourbon and 2 teaspoons of maraschino cherry juice.

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And if you want something even easier than easy? We’ve laid out everything you need to host a cake party of your very own with a film from Elysium Creative Studios and pretty pictures from Victor Sizemore. WHAT YOU’LL NEED (for a party of 8) **ps…we totally cheated and bought boxed cake mixes! 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. . • Skip the homemade cakes! • Cakes can all be made and frozen a week ahead of time. . • Tag team the party with a friend—and cut your baking time in half! • Don’t forget to have an easy trash solution for guests, a clean hand-washing station and plenty of cocktails and you’ll have a FAIL FREE party on your hands! Join The Conversation share (0) tweet (0) pin (413) Top 20 Free Things to Do in Paris. Tinybook | Social Print Studio. This 30-Day Plank Challenge Will Transform Your Body. A strong core is the foundation to a strong body. Think about it: A tree would fall if its trunk wasn't solid and stable.

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Things to eat / drink. Jewellery. Things to make. Clothing + accessories. Toiletries + make up. DIY pocketed picnic blanket. Functional and fun this DIY is… not sure why I’m talking like Yoda but the point is, this DIY Pocketed Picnic Blanket/Functional Festival Blanket (we couldn’t decide what to call it) is perfect for Coachella or any picnicing needs. Wind won’t be blowing your blanket away because with these pocketed corners, you can organize your stuff and keep those corners weighed down and your stuff organized!

…love this I do. Prep It: picnic blanket (I got this one from Bed Bath and Beyond)fabric for your pockets – I used a stretchy bathing suit fabric to make the pockets expandablehot glue gunfabric hot glue sticksscissors Don’t forget to order your Mr. Kate Beauty Marks and jewelry in time for festivalness! Make Easy DIY Mosquito Repellent to Battle Bugs All Summer. Summer means fun in the sun, BBQs in the shade, cornhole in the backyard and mosquitos buzzing incessantly around your bod every time you leave the house. And sometimes when you leave the window open. Yup, you know it’s true — probably because you’re already sporting some itchy, scratchy, annoying bites, oh, you know, head-to-toe from last weekend’s outdoor outing.

Well, listen up: There’s a (non-toxic!) Way to keep the bugs at bay with a DIY mosquito repellent recipe that you can whip up in no time. Are you ready for the easiest summer beauty DIY ever?! Ingredients:- 1 ½ oz distilled or boiled water – ½ oz lemon witch hazel – 15 drops citronella – 10 drops tea tree oil – 10 drops eucalyptus oil – 5 drops citrus blend oil – glass bottle Instructions: 1. 2. 3. 4. We used boiled water instead of distilled water, which, yes, adds one tiny step to the process :) Time for the oils! Make sure you use a glass bottle for your DIY mosquito repellent. Cap your concoction, give it a shake and spritz!