Just because summer is almost over doesn't mean you should start settling in for hibernation.

The weather is still warm, the sky is still blue and the sun is still shining!

So get out and enjoy this nice weather while you can by hosting a haute picnic for you and your friends.

Instead of relying on the regular tips and tricks -- cook up some hot dogs and sip on some beer -- we grabbed some high-end advice from Claire Smith, head of spirit creation and mixology for Belvedere Vodka. She even threw in some Moët Hennessy cocktail recipes for good measure.

Check out these 12 tips to planning and hosting a haute picnic.

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