How to plan the most delightful picnic

Stay happily hydrated

It’s important to stay fully hydrated in the summer heat. Remember, by the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Water is always a great option, but if you want a bit more flavor, flavored sparkling water can hit the spot. Or, try this delicious Watermelon Spritzer that you can easily scale up for a crowd. To make, puree 8 cups watermelon in a blender for about 30 seconds, or until it becomes watermelon juice (you may need to do this in batches if your blender is small to medium in size). Add it to a large pitcher with an optional ¼ cup lime juice, and 1 to 2 cans LaCroix Pastèque Sparkling Water. Stir well to combine everything and chill in the fridge until you’re ready to pack it up. For a fun garnish, sometimes I freeze cubes of watermelon and plunk a few into each glass before serving…they act as “watermelon ice cubes.”