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A Stylish Picnic

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Spring and summer are primed for picnicking, and now that May is here, it may be time to consider the best ways to pack up a basket and dine outdoors -- in style.

Here are some tips from Martha on making your picnic a success, as well as some delicious sandwiches that are perfect for picnics.

Take a look at the many stylish options there are for picnicware. Everything from blankets, baskets, and tableware can be an inviting feast for the eyes.

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Sometimes the perfect picnic spot is right in your backyard. (Martha Stewart Living, May 2003)

1 Sometimes the perfect picnic spot is right in your backyard. (Martha Stewart Living, May 2003)

A vintage pie safe makes a great place to store food at a backyard picnic. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2001)

2 A vintage pie safe makes a great place to store food at a backyard picnic. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2001)

The possibilities for picnic baskets are more open than ever. Here is a tried and true classic. (crateandbarrel.com)

3 The possibilities for picnic baskets are more open than ever. Here is a tried and true classic. (crateandbarrel.com)

Wicker makes a great picnic basket because of its sturdiness.(sears.com)

4 Wicker makes a great picnic basket because of its sturdiness.(sears.com)

Our acrylic drinkware from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's is a stylish choice for entertaining and dining outdoors. (macys.com)

5 Our acrylic drinkware from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's is a stylish choice for entertaining and dining outdoors. (macys.com)

Picnics can be anything from casual to luxurious. This basket suits a more grown-up occasion. (ellenell.com)

6 Picnics can be anything from casual to luxurious. This basket suits a more grown-up occasion. (ellenell.com)

I think these

7 I think these "suitcase" style picnic sets are fabulous. (sears.com)

Our blue melamine dinnerware collection at Macy's. (macys.com)

8 Our blue melamine dinnerware collection at Macy's. (macys.com)

This one looks so luxe. (premiumsandgiftsonline.com)

9 This one looks so luxe. (premiumsandgiftsonline.com)

Large bags are another modern interpretation of the picnic basket. (hableconstruction.com)

10 Large bags are another modern interpretation of the picnic basket. (hableconstruction.com)

A set like this will brighten even the cloudiest picnic day. (Martha Stewart Living Collection, macys.com)

11 A set like this will brighten even the cloudiest picnic day. (Martha Stewart Living Collection, macys.com)

Not to mention its handsomeness when paired with leather accents and a lush interior. (williams-sonoma.com)

12 Not to mention its handsomeness when paired with leather accents and a lush interior. (williams-sonoma.com)

This picnic blanket will be right at home among the bright spring grasses. (dwr.com)

13 This picnic blanket will be right at home among the bright spring grasses. (dwr.com)

These plastic mats are perfect for staying dry on moist ground. (plasticashop.com)

14 These plastic mats are perfect for staying dry on moist ground. (plasticashop.com)

And they come in beautiful colors and patterns. (decktowel.com)

15 And they come in beautiful colors and patterns. (decktowel.com)

Fold-away picnic blankets are great space savers.(gracioushome.com)

16 Fold-away picnic blankets are great space savers.(gracioushome.com)

Yellow and gray is such an amazing combination in textiles. (worldmarket.com)

17 Yellow and gray is such an amazing combination in textiles. (worldmarket.com)

These vibrant plaids evoke the classic picnic checker pattern we remember from years ago. (ikea.com)

18 These vibrant plaids evoke the classic picnic checker pattern we remember from years ago. (ikea.com)

Acrylic high ball glasses are great for ice tea and lemonade and they're so durable. (macys.com)

19 Acrylic high ball glasses are great for ice tea and lemonade and they're so durable. (macys.com)

Bamboo tableware will hold up well to outdoor use. (branchhome.com)

20 Bamboo tableware will hold up well to outdoor use. (branchhome.com)

Handy leather straps make sure your blankets travel well. (pendleton-usa.com)

21 Handy leather straps make sure your blankets travel well. (pendleton-usa.com)

Its also very light, so it won't add a lot of weight to your picnic basket. (branchhome.com)

22 Its also very light, so it won't add a lot of weight to your picnic basket. (branchhome.com)

The colorful handles remind me of spring.(ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com)

23 The colorful handles remind me of spring.(ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com)

This set is made from sugar cane, bamboo, and reed. The design is stunning. (branchhome.com)

24 This set is made from sugar cane, bamboo, and reed. The design is stunning. (branchhome.com)

Simple take-out containers are great for keeping meal components separate and organized. (containerstore.com)

25 Simple take-out containers are great for keeping meal components separate and organized. (containerstore.com)

Linen blankets are sturdy and compact for packing. (decktowel.com)

26 Linen blankets are sturdy and compact for packing. (decktowel.com)

These wine glasses from our Macy's collection are also acrylic so they're top rack dishwasher safe. (macys.com)

27 These wine glasses from our Macy's collection are also acrylic so they're top rack dishwasher safe. (macys.com)

I love the playfulness of these acrylic flatware pieces. (gracioushome.com)

28 I love the playfulness of these acrylic flatware pieces. (gracioushome.com)

These reusable sandwich wrappers end up as place mats at the picnic. (worldmarket.com)

29 These reusable sandwich wrappers end up as place mats at the picnic. (worldmarket.com)

Serve batches of your favorite summertime drinks in style with our beautiful acrylic pitcher. (macys.com)

30 Serve batches of your favorite summertime drinks in style with our beautiful acrylic pitcher. (macys.com)

I'm really enjoying the contrast piping on these blankets. (landofnod.com)

31 I'm really enjoying the contrast piping on these blankets. (landofnod.com)

A floral shaped melamine chip and dip set  from the Martha Stewart Collection exclusively at Macy's.  So cute. (macys.com)

32 A floral shaped melamine chip and dip set from the Martha Stewart Collection exclusively at Macy's. So cute. (macys.com)

They look like fragile glass, but these attractive cups are made of durable acrylic. (cb2.com)

33 They look like fragile glass, but these attractive cups are made of durable acrylic. (cb2.com)

Keep wine bottles safe in the basket by wrapping them in a large towel. (marthastewart.com)

34 Keep wine bottles safe in the basket by wrapping them in a large towel. (marthastewart.com)

After you've enjoyed the food, challenge guests to a pick-up game of badminton. (conranusa.com)

35 After you've enjoyed the food, challenge guests to a pick-up game of badminton. (conranusa.com)

Living featured a collection of beautiful vintage picnic baskets. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2001)

36 Living featured a collection of beautiful vintage picnic baskets. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2001)

For extra comfort, bring along floor cushions. (ikea.com)

37 For extra comfort, bring along floor cushions. (ikea.com)

The woven patterns on these are so detailed. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2001)

38 The woven patterns on these are so detailed. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2001)

This pool party set at Macy's includes everything you need to serve up some great drinks poolside. (macys.com)

39 This pool party set at Macy's includes everything you need to serve up some great drinks poolside. (macys.com)

I love the bright yellow tartan pattern. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2001)

40 I love the bright yellow tartan pattern. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2001)

The set of 4 acrylic double old fashion glasses is perfect for a serving margaritas or mojitos.  I love their modern shape.(macys.com)

41 The set of 4 acrylic double old fashion glasses is perfect for a serving margaritas or mojitos. I love their modern shape.(macys.com)

This tin has an intricate Asian inspired motif. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2001)

42 This tin has an intricate Asian inspired motif. (Martha Stewart Living, July 2001)

This modern acrylic beverage server is also from our Macy's line.  It allows guests to help themselves and looks great. (macys.com)

43 This modern acrylic beverage server is also from our Macy's line. It allows guests to help themselves and looks great. (macys.com)

This set of 4 melamine bowls from Macy's is made for serving up gazpacho. (macys.com)

44 This set of 4 melamine bowls from Macy's is made for serving up gazpacho. (macys.com)

Look closely. They are actually made of tin! (Martha Stewart Living, July 2001)

45 Look closely. They are actually made of tin! (Martha Stewart Living, July 2001)

We also offer some fun patterns for summertime outdoor entertaining.  These are our cooler colors together. (macys.com)

46 We also offer some fun patterns for summertime outdoor entertaining. These are our cooler colors together. (macys.com)

These colors are warmer. I can't decide which one I like more. (macys.com)

47 These colors are warmer. I can't decide which one I like more. (macys.com)

Luckily, I don't have to.  All of these pieces will mix and match. (macys.com)

48 Luckily, I don't have to. All of these pieces will mix and match. (macys.com)

The ice-cream bowls, sold in sets of four with spoons are so fun.  They make me want to eat some ice cream right now.

49 The ice-cream bowls, sold in sets of four with spoons are so fun. They make me want to eat some ice cream right now.

Our picnic for two set will get you off to a great start when dining al fresco. (macys.com)

50 Our picnic for two set will get you off to a great start when dining al fresco. (macys.com)