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Mother’s Day Backyard Picnic

It’s the one special day that’s all about Mom. This year, show the love with a Mother’s Day backyard picnic the whole family can help create. Affordable ingredients and a few thoughtful touches are all you need to create a homemade meal-and-party-in-one that she’ll never forget.

To make your Mother’s Day spread extra special—and delicious and easy! —remember these picnic-perfected tips:

1) Pick a portable, kid-approved menu. Choose foods that are easy to pack and eat, and that can be enjoyed at room temperature. Let little ones weigh in on what to serve, and choose items that everyone can help make. Keep the menu streamlined to cut down on containers, utensils, and cleanup.

2) Add some inspired, edible décor. Make your picnic spread extra special with homemade decorations that kids can help assemble. We love the look and crunch of vibrant veggie and dip bouquets (recipe below).

3) Plan for a rainy day. Spring showers don’t have to delay the celebration. Arrange blankets and pillows on the floor, and serve an indoor Mother’s Day picnic on trays or sheet pans.

4) Keep cleanup easy. Cover your eating surface with a vinyl or plastic waterproof tablecloth to easily wipe up spills. When the party is over, use a garden hose to wash away any additional mess, and designate outdoor bins for trash and recycling that can go directly to the curb.

Now that you’re picnic-ready, try these backyard-friendly recipes and show mom the love.

Sausage-Stuffed Mini Peppers

Serve up a colorful, keto-friendly meal on a stick. Sweet mini peppers replace the bun in these tasty sausage bites that get double skewered for easy grilling, serving, and dipping.

3-ingredient Bagels with Onion-Bacon Cream Cheese

Put a brunch spin on your picnic with unbelievably easy, homemade bagels that the kids can help make. Three ingredients and 30 minutes are all you need for tender, chewy bagels perfect with a schmear of homemade bacon-scallion cream cheese.

Vegetable Flower Bouquet with Dip

For a beautiful Mother’s Day bouquet, forget the flower shop and head to the fridge. Kids can help assemble the cucumber and carrot “flowers” for these colorful arrangements that serve double duty as both centerpiece and appetizer.

Mini Apple Rhubarb Pies

End mom’s picnic on a homemade sweet note. Store-bought pie crust fast tracks prep on these adorable, portable pies filled with apple and rhubarb.

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