1Pick the perfect spot
Scenery is very much on the menu, so choose an especially striking venue. It’s all about nature’s eye candy. If you’re a city-dweller, a picnic on your building’s roof can be just as much fun as eating lunch on a mountain.

2Divvy up the labor
Ask each of your guests to bring something. And make sure you know how much food they’re bringing. Nothing takes the wind out of a picnic like running out of food. And make sure you’ve got enough helpers to carry all the picnic baskets and coolers.

3Assemble all your food service gear.
Make sure you have everything before you pack. You’re going to need one picnic basket just for the plates, utensils, cups, plastic containers, and napkins.

4Pack up the eats.
Food in transit can get sloppy, so be sure to line the bottom of your picnic basket with a towel to catch any spillage en route to your picnic site. Place heavier items on the bottom of the basket and lighter ones on the top.

5And then pack everything else.
There’s a lot more to a great picnic than fine food. Don’t forget the picnic blanket, lawn chairs, bug repellent, sunscreen, and a spare jacket—the weather can change in a snap.

Flies love picnics. You might want to protect your food with a fly screen or set up your food table inside a mesh tent.

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