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The Perfect Desserts to Take on a Summer Picnic

Posted: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 3:45pm

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Summer weekends are great for spending time with family and friends. The sun is warm, the sky is blue and the food spread is usually top notch. Good food is essential to creating the perfect picnic -- and no picnic menu is complete without the perfect dessert!

But not all desserts are created equal in the eyes of a perfect picnic. One must consider all of the factors like bugs, heat and transportation.

A few tips when you are thinking about a dessert to bring to your next picnic:

Picnic Dessert Tip #1 - Use a Jar!

Jars are a great way to create individual servings of a dessert that would normally require cutting or scooping. You can make parfaits, mini cheesecakes or pies in a small jar, close the cap and you are good to go!

Picnic Dessert Tip #2 - Get Crafty!

Store your chocolate covered strawberries in an egg carton to avoid a squishy mess or use chinese take-out boxes to put pre-cut brownies or cookies and hand them out to your guests!

Picnic Dessert Tip #3 - Think of a Theme!

Let your creativity run wild. There are so many different themes to pick out like a ladybug theme or a farm theme. The possibilities are endless!

We’ve weeded through the web to come up with a solid list of picnic-perfect desserts that you and your family will love!

Fresh Watermelon Cake

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This amazing Fresh Watermelon Cake by Sprinkle Bakes is an elegant and delicious answer to a picnic dessert.

Chocolate and Cherry Lush

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Cherry and chocolate go together perfectly and this easy-to-store, scoop and serve dessert is great for any picnic location. Mom on Time Out knows her stuff!

Burger & Bees Cake Pops

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Bakerella’s Burgers and Bees Cake Pops are such an amazing dessert. So cute! Picking out iconic picnic themes and making them a dessert is the perfect way to go.

Picnic Banana Pudding

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Banana pudding is always a crowd-pleaser and The Country Cook has an amazing recipe to try!

Blueberry Brownies

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Use fresh summer blueberries in this ooey, gooey brownie recipe by Hummingbird High!

Dark Chocolate Potato Chip Cupcakes

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Thanks to Cupcake Project, we’re asking ourselves an interesting questions, “potato chips in dessert”? Don't knock it 'til you’ve tried it!

Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad

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This fruity, crunchy and salty salad by The Gunny Sack is the perfect punch you need for a light and fresh picnic dessert.

No Bake Strawberry Lemon Cream Pie

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No bake anything is music to a mom's ears during the hot summer months! This No Bake Strawberry Lemon Cream Pie by Inside Bru Crew Life is no exception!

Make these for a big group and let the whole gang enjoy! Whether you’ve a couple days or a couple hours to prep for the picnic, these desserts are easy and delicious. If you are looking for even more recipes for your summer picnics, check out our Pinterest board dedicated to helping you pick your picnic desserts!