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Pack the perfect summer picnic

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Picnic season is well and truly here, which means making the most of the sun and getting out to your favourite location to enjoy some food and drink with great company.

To make your picnic the best possible experience, Marie Claire has collaborated with Pierrick Bouquet, wine and entertaining expert and the founder of Pinknic, New York City's first large-scale picnic and music festival dedicated exclusively to rosé wine.

Here are their best tips for planning a picnic that is a) fun, b) Instagrammable – because we know what priorities are - and c) won't break the bank.

Keep your rosé/wine cold

"I always pack a large Hydro Flask or canteen full of ice so I'm able to toss a few cubes in my glass as needed." (FYI, rosé + ice is called a piscine, and is a very popular drink in Provence. Translation? Despite what some onlookers think, it's chiiiiic.)

Opt for clear, stemless wine glasses

"I'll bring GoVino glasses - since glass is usually prohibited at an outdoor picnic. They're a classy Solo cup alternative, and will still allow for your requisite, aesthetically pleasing #roséallday Instagram moment."

A soft blanket is essential

"I'd recommend a fouta, which are quite popular in St Tropez, and always make sure it's a light colour so the blanket won't get too warm. The only thing that should be roasted at a picnic is your food. Plus, you can double your blanket as a wine carrier for your wine bottles—just wrap them neatly, fashion a handle, and voila! Because, who ever has a wine-carrier on hand? And in case it's a damp day; preserve your blanket's comfortability factor by packing a shower curtain. Sounds weird, yes, but it serves as a nice extra buffer between a wet ground and your bum."

Pack plenty of water

While we know wine goes down pretty easy, don't forget to pack a jug of the real stuff, too. You need to keep hydrated! (Or at least bring another canteen or bottle to fill up at the water fountain.)

Keep the food easy, but delicious

Because every picnic can't be a reflection of personal culinary achievement, hit your local deli or supermarket and purchase freshly sliced proteins (turkey, ham, prosciutto, etc.), cheeses, and garnishes. Have them slice up a decent loaf of bread, and you're done. (Yes, it's time to retire your plain ol' white bread from your menu offerings).

Avoid the stinky stuff

If you're going the simple yet traditional route, a la cheese and crackers, avoid smelly, soft cheeses and choose a selection of hard cheeses instead. My personal favourite is comté or aged gouda; both will pair well with rosé wine. You may need to upgrade your shopping experience to the supermarket for these, where there is a bit more selection."

Bring mason jars

They work to separate out ingredients and/or sandwich components so that nothing gets "sweaty" before you're meant to enjoy it. Always assemble onsite when possible! (Plus, they just look chicer than Tupperware.)

Bring biodegradable plates, serving forks, and spoons

You're obviously not the person who doesn't clean up after themselves at the park, but just in case something gets blown away or accidentally left behind, it's best to make sure it's as environmentally friendly as possible. "Keep it green!" Bouquet says.

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