As the end of summer draws near, it’s crucial to take advantage of warm weather and longer days. Gather friends and family for one last summer hurrah outdoors! Whether it’s at the beach, the park or in your own backyard, read on to learn how to host a fabulous, 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 pincic blanket makes the outdoors more comfortable (no one likes a damp bottom). We used this lightweight Bed Bath & Beyond blanket, which comes 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 gathering with friends. Check out our list of picnic essentials below to make packing a breeze.

Picnic Packing Essentials:

Last, but not least, don’t forget to pack some wet wipes to keep hands clean, a trash bag, and a few Ziplock bags for leftovers. Enjoy the last weeks of summer!

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Evite Evening Picnic Invitation

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