Fruit Salad Sailboat
A simple sail is all you need to transform a watermelon fruit salad into a seaworthy centerpiece.
Cut a triangle from ticking fabric and fold it in half over a dowel. Hot-glue the fabric along the dowel to secure and along the loose edges for a stiff sail.
Decorative Utensil Jars
Don’t bother setting the table — guests can grab what they need from these adorable, no-fuss utensil jars.
Simply decorate containers, like empty oatmeal canisters, by wrapping them with festive paper and securing with tape. Add an adhesive chalkboard label to send a fun message.
Roll and Wrap Place Setting
Make picnic prep a breeze with an all-in-one utensil holder and place mat. Fold the long end of a dish towel up until it becomes the size of a place mat.
Stitch or hot-glue the outer edges together. Insert utensils into the pocket, roll up, and tie with a separate ribbon.
Fair-Style Berry Cones
Use food to decorate the picnic table.
Form sturdy waxed paper into cones, securing with transparent tape. Fill each cone with blue or red berries to create a sweet treat and dazzling display all in one.
For more ideas on how to create an American Patriotic Picnic, log on to the Better Homes and Gardens website.