Rebecca Thorpe, a principal of Girl Admiral Events in Fairfield, Conn. (girladmiral.com), offers three clever and inexpensive picnic tips:
1. Bring back the games kids used to play; for example, Spud, Red Light-Green Light and Red Rover.
2. Bring a cooler of rolled-up wash cloths soaked in ice water, for cooling off on a hot day.
3. Serve handmade ice-cream sandwiches with different pairings of cookies and ice creams.