or right at home, enjoy some old-fashioned fun with a picnic. A quintessential sign that spring has arrived, a picnic is the perfect excuse to enjoy the warm (and sunny!) weather with family and friends. Find out how you can put together the perfect picnic with our must-have picks and tips.
Hosting a big party or family get together? Consider a buffet-style picnic that's casual and fun.
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Easy tips from our editors
If there is a lack of seating, bring other options like beach chairs, outdoor cushions, and blankets.
Opt for lightweight and reusable or disposable dinnerware. Consider options made from paper, bamboo, plastic, or tin.
Pack picnic-friendly food. Choose a meal that doesn't have to be refrigerated for safety reasons.
Transport food in lidded containers that have a tight seal to prevent spills and messes.
Remember to pick up after yourself. Prepare for clean-up with garbage bags for trash and resealable bags for leftovers.
If there's no picnic table around, use your table cloth as a blanket instead.