5 Steps To Becoming a Picnic Pro

By  May 15, 2014

One of the most beloved ways to enjoy the warm weather is to have a picnic. Nothing beats an afternoon spent lounging beneath towering trees, dining alfresco with friends in the sweet summer breeze. Forget the usual pasta salad, paper plates, and plastic forks; this season, refine your picnic game for a special summer experience. These simple steps will ensure your patch of grass will leave all your picnic pals green with envy.

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Better Your Blanket  

Picnic blankets are the foundation of your outdoor party. Cover your turf with a heavy blanket that has a wide-enough footprint to accommodate your fellow picnickers. Search for a blanket that has a weatherproof backing—grassy fields can often be damp and dewy, which can put a total damper on your festivities.

 
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Stable the Table

Every picnic needs a proper table, so get your bites and beverages off the blanket. The Table in a Bag assembles in a snap and comes in a super-convenient canvas carry bag. A table helps to prevent potential spills, and you can stash your bags beneath for easy access.

 

3. 

Put It in the Basket 

Transporting picnic provisions can be tricky. A modern twist on the retro picnic basket offers the best of both worlds: the eye-appeal of a wicker basket and an insulated interior to keep wine and perishables cold. This beauty from Williams-Sonoma even comes stocked with tableware and cutlery for a party of four.

 
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Cheers to That!

Available in an array of shapes and sizes, acrylic glassware is a must-have for any picnic, no matter if you’re drinking a crisp rosé or sparkling soda. They’re eco-friendly, so they’re reusable, durable, and add a bright pop of color to any outdoor party. You’ll be using these babies all summer long.

 
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Outdoor Embellishments

Décor is a vitally important detail for any event. Enhance your table with a swatch of fun fabric to step up your picnic a notch. Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean the fun is over! Scatter a few battery-operated candles across the table runner at dusk to extend your picnic party well into the evening.