Summer is here–the grass is green, the breeze is cool, and the days are long. Take advantage of the beautiful weather with a perfect outdoor picnic. Whether you need picnic ideas for a romantic date with the beau, a fun outing with the family, or a creative dinner with friends, you’re covered. Check out these afghan and blanket patterns  for a cozy blanket to lay over the grass. There are features from a fellow food site for great picnic food ideas. Finally, there’s some link-love for a few bloggers with unique picnic ideas.
Pretty Picnics: 14 Fun Picnic Ideas
There’s nothing quite like escaping from the indoors to soak in the sun and put your feet in the grass. Picnics embrace the carefree spirit of summer. Just bring a favorite knit blanket, pack some food, and grab some loved ones. Picnics are perfect for all of your warm weather plans, whether they include summer romance, outdoor concerts, carefree lunches, or family reunions. Your favorite knit afghan will soon hold all of your favorite summer memories (and a few stuck blades of grass) from your picnic days.
Picnic Blanket Ideas
Colorful patchwork blankets are a staple of summertime picnics. These fun knit afghan and blanket patterns would make perfect picnic blankets. Bring in all of the colors of summer with these vibrant knits. Sit on these blankets with a picnic basket for your outdoor dinner or cuddle up with them if it turns into a late night of stargazing. 
Picnic Food Ideas
I went to one of our sister sites, All Free Slow Cooker Recipes , for these easy and delicious picnic ideas. Just throw a few ingredients into your slow cooker for effortless meals to pack up for a perfect picnic. These classic meals are picnic staples. From sandwiches to desserts, these slow cooker recipes are perfect for your outdoor meals. 
What’s a picnic without the basket? These cute baskets can cart all of your food and drinks to your perfect summer picnic. Use your knitting skills to fashion one yourself. Or, if you’re a fan of upcycling, try this Easter basket reboot from Over the Apple Tree . If you want to jazz up your cutlery, add a pop of color to your forks and knives with this easy DIY from My Poppet . You could also try this creative picnic bowl cover (courtesy of Maya*Made ) to keep ants out of all your favorite slow cooker recipes.