1. Multiple blankets
Of course you'll need a large blanket for your whole group to sit on while they dine and relax, but it's a good idea to pack a few smaller ones as well. If you end up staying out until dusk, the temperature will drop, so having extra blankets on hand can comfort your guests.
2. Homemade snacks
The key to bringing the right food is to focus on taste and convenience equally. Go heavily on the appetizers and sides, then have sandwiches, fried chicken or other finger foods for the main course.
3. Utensils and condiments
Forks, spoons, salt and pepper may be among the most important and commonly forgotten picnic items. Pack these in your basket ahead of time to avoid making these annoying mistakes.
4. The basket and cooler
Look for the classic wooden or wicker picnic basket to carry all of your food and utensils in. Pack a cooler as well to keep your beverages and certain foods, such as hummus, cool and safe to eat.
5. Sun and bug protection
Bring some bug spray and sun lotion to prevent these pesky insect problems from annoying you and your guests.
6. Cleaning supplies
Bring napkins, hand sanitizers, trash bags and other simple cleaning tools.