Finish off your summer picnic with a party favor of cute little cookies in a jar. Picnic parties don’t have to have party favors, but why not when these little favors come together so effortlessly?

cookie favor

For the DIY cookie favors, you’ll need: cookies, a half pint mason jar with lid, a cute cupcake liner, “Thanks for Coming” printable (download below), 2 inch circle punch, twine, and sticker paper

Directions: First, fill the mason jar with cookies and close the lid. Next, place a cupcake liner over the top of the jar. You can glue it into place if the liner keeps falling off. Tie some twine around the cupcake liner. Print the “Thanks for Coming” printable onto sticker paper. Cut out the labels with a 2 inch circle punch. Stick a label onto the top of the jar over the cupcake liner.

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cookie favor

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TIPS FOR A PERFECT SUMMER PICNIC: I shared our fun free picnic invitations printable yesterday, so today I’m sharing some great tips for having a perfect summer evening out on a picnic.

tips for a perfect summer picnic

1 – Pick out a favorite picnic basket. I picked up this vintage inspired metal picnic basket from World Market.
2 – Bring a big blanket, but one that you won’t be worried about getting dirty.
3 – Be sure to bring your favorite foods. This isn’t the day to get your kids to eat their vegetables. I packed a delicious dinner of BLTs, watermelon, and barbecue potato chips.
4 – Surprise your kids with a fun bottled soda. I picked up a great variety of different types and flavors at World Market.
5 – Don’t forget the napkins! There is always going to be a mess or spill at a picnic – that’s why they are held outside! But, just to make it easier, keep some darling napkins on hand to help clean up.

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cute soda bottles

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Summer is starting to wind down. With all of the activities you have planned, find time to enjoy an evening picnic with the kiddos before it ends. Even better, invite some friends! Picnics are a great way to gather with friends or neighbors while keeping the party mess outside. Print out a picnic invitation or two, pass them out to your friends, and enjoy an evening outside.

picnic invitation

To get you started on planning a summer picnic, use this free printable invitation as a fun and unique way to invite your friends over for a potluck picnic.

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After making several kinds of gourmet lemonade and collecting fruit and herbs as mix-ins, add a little extra bit of pretty to your Lemonade Bar drink station with these flower lemonade printables.

free printable straw tags for a lemonade station

free printable straw tags for a lemonade station

Directions: Print straw tags onto heavy cardstock, cut out the circles, and slide on to a stripy straw!

free printable drink tags for a lemonade bar

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After posting last year’s limeade bar, I think a pretty Lemonade Station is in order this summer! (Come back tomorrow for the straw lemonade printables.)

lemonade bar drink station

lemonade bar drink station

lemonade bar drink station

The best thing about a lemonade bar is that you can dress it up for a more formal event, like a wedding, or tone it down for birthday parties, baby showers, and backyard barbeques.

lemonade bar drink station

lemonade bar drink station mix ins

The supply list is very simple. Just gather mason jars or milk bottles (fill a few with snips of fresh herbs and use the rest as drinking glasses), berry baskets filled with summer fruit, striped straws, and pitchers of gourmet lemonade (recipes here). Summer is served!






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