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5 Food Hacks to Make Your 4th of July Picnic Stress and Mess Free

As we head into a holiday weekend this July 4th, there are plenty of options for patriotic celebrations, but one of our favorites is a picnic in the park. Whether you’re planning an afternoon date or a big shindig for friends, lounging on a checkered blanket surrounded by great food is never a bad option.

If you always end up trashing spoiled food at the end of the day, drinking warm wine or whining about sticky fingers, listen up. Good to Know hosts Dan Pashman and Laurie March have some easy food hacks to make your picnic less stressful, from cooling down wine with frozen juice boxes to ditching utensils in favor of toothpick-sized bites.

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3 DIY Party Activities to Entertain the Kids While the Grownups Play Poker

Time to keep the kids straight entertained

When you think about summer party planning, backyard barbecues probably come to mind, but there are other fun themes you can try, too. When it really heats up, try staying in the air conditioning while playing a friendly game of poker with your friends.

While the adults are wheeling and dealing, it’s important to keep the younger crowd out of the way. One of the easiest ways to keep the kids busy is making a fun game like cornhole or something interactive like DIY Play-Doh. Check out some of Good to Know hosts Laurie March and Dan Pashman’s best tips below.

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How to Turn Pantry Staples into Kids’ Toys

How to Make 50 Super Bowl Sandwiches in 5 Minutes

When tailgating is done poorly, it requires too much prep, too much cooking and too much money. Good to Know‘s Dan Pashman and Laurie March will show you how to tailgate your way to glory with a quick and easy 70-yard-Hail-Mary-at-the-buzzer-level visually stunning tower of sandwiches. Then wash it all down with some beer-based long-haul margaritas that will assure you actually make it to the game:

How to Get Kids to Eat Healthy

Good to Know‘s Dan Pashman has two children and hosts the James Beard Award-nominated food podcast The Sporkful. Those are pretty good credentials for understanding what kids want to eat (hint: usually something fried and other than vegetables.)

For those parents who’ve set far-out goals like getting their kids to intake a bit of nutrition this year, Dan has some fail-safe tips on creating less-fatty, baked versions of kids’ favorite meals that they’re sure to devour (hint #2: replicated texture.)

Watch how to make kids’ favorites healthier after the jump:

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Easy Holiday Decoration Storage

The holidays are a blast, but cleanup and storage sucks. These tips will make it much easier.

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The Kiddie Cookie Factory

The holiday cookie factory is a really efficient way to get a ton of baking done and keep the kids happy.

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Good to Know: The Ultimate Kids’ Table

Cooking Channel’s original web series Good to Know offers up genius DIY hacks that will ease everyday chores and up your party-planning game. Today, hosts Dan Pashman and Laurie March kick off the holiday season with tips for creating an awesome, interactive kids’ table for any family shindig using craft paper, stickers, cupcake trees and even a non-alcoholic scorpion bowl. With these handy tips, pint-sized guests — and their parents — will be begging for a spot at the kiddie table:

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