The weather is just starting to turn, so before it's too cold, grab a few friends or round up your family for a fall picnic. Clinton Kelly's here to help you plan a movable feast complete with all your favorite comfort foods.
Use a Machine Washable Blanket in a Dark Color
The dark color will hide any permanent stains. After the picnic, pick it up and put it in the trunk. When you get home you can just throw it into the wash.
Bring some baby wipes with you just in case the public bathroom doesn't have them.
Use a Fully Loaded Picnic Basket
Utensils, napkins, plates and servers should have their own compartments in your basket so that they are easy to find. Also, place the items that you will need last like trash bags at the bottom.
Keep Food Hot
Use a thermos to transport soups or hot drinks. Get creative when serving them - Clinton served his in a bread bowl.
Before you close up your picnic basket, place your blanket on top to insulate the warm foods. This way your blanket is easily accessible.
Use Reusable Plastic, Water-Tight, Snap-Together Containers to Organize Your Food
These containers will keep your portions and courses organized, and you'll be able to keep tabs on all the elements of every dish. You're toasts will never be far from your white bean dip.
Keep Cold Food Cold
Use the soft, portable drink cooler that you normally take to sporting events to keep perishable foods cold.