Pack your baskets for a picnic party! Take advantage of the warm weather and longer days of summer by setting up some outdoor sips and bites. You can gather a small group of family and friends for an outdoor, physically distanced gathering at your local park, or you can host a family picnic in your own backyard or living room. Whether you choose to set up at the park, beach, or your own backyard, read on to learn how to host this low-key affair.

Evite Summer Evening Picnic Essentials

When rounding up supplies, a picnic basket, tote, or backpack is essential for easy lifting. We kept our picnic menu simple by picking up sandwiches and chips from the local deli and storing cheese, crackers, and fruit in Tupperware with dividers to keep items fresh. For dessert, we packed a box of cookies to make serving easier.

Evite Summer Evening Picnic Essentials
A water-resistant picnic blanket makes the outdoors more comfortable if you’re setting up on the grass (no one likes a damp bottom). We chose a lightweight and colorful blanket to brighten up our display. It came in a convenient carrying bag with large storage pockets – perfect for a fuss-free gathering.

Evite Summer Evening Picnic Essentials
Comfort’s key when lounging outside. Pack a few pillows and blankets in your tote to make sunset-watching more bearable. Remember, the later into summer we get, the chillier the air is at night! The tote also serves as a weight to keep the blanket down. Flameless LED tea lights provide easy outdoor lighting and are fire safe.

Evite Summer Evening Picnic Essentials
A portable speaker amplifies a summer playlist and sets the tone for a relaxed evening with loved ones. Check out our list of picnic essentials below to make packing a breeze, wherever you’re headed.

Picnic Packing Essentials:

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Last, but not least, don’t forget to pack a trash bag, some wet wipes to keep hands clean, and a few resealable sandwich bags for leftovers. 

Set up for your next summer picnic outing with this Evite invitation below, or any one of our summer party invitations.

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