Nothing screams "picnic" like a red-and-white-checkered blanket and a long trail of ants. Dress up the former—and keep your food safe from the latter—by bringing folding tables to put your food on. Also be sure to have citronella candles on hand to add atmosphere to your picnic while keeping any flying critters away.
Pack enough beach chairs and towels or other ground coverings so that all of your guests can relax in style. If you want to spruce up your picnic area, bring colorful helium balloons and streamers that you can tie between trees. These will not only add a festive touch, but also help your guests find you if they're arriving separately.
Since the picnic basket is the universal symbol of this style of party, you can use a basket to add flair to your picnic table or blanket. Just fill it with wildflowers and use it as a centerpiece, or pack it full of fresh fruit and let it function as both a serving bowl and a fun decoration in the spirit of the outdoor party.
Pre-planning for your picnic ensures that you and your guests will get the most out of the day.
Before you leave, fill a backpack or picnic basket with outdoor essentials like bug spray, sunscreen, flashlights and garbage bags for your trash. Also, be sure to pack plenty of paper cups, plates and plasticware, as well as a can and bottle opener, salt and pepper shakers, and condiments like mustard and ketchup.
A big cooler with ice will keep your drinks and perishable foods cool, and sweatshirts will keep you warm if the wind starts to blow. You'll also want to pack napkins and hand wipes so that you and your guests can clean up after your picnic feast. And finally, bring a digital camera or disposable cameras, so you can spend rainy days remembering how much fun you had.
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