by By Jonathan Vatner | May 28, 2009

shelterTo avoid having to rent a (pricey) tent, Barbara McRae, CMP, owner of Strategic Events in Grimsby, Ontario (, rented a picnic shelter at a local park, which saved about 25 percent off the total budget. Another option: Hold the picnic inside. The Four Seasons St. Louis ( has devised a barbecue in the ballroom for groups that don't want to take a chance with the weather. The banquet staff sets up square tables, camping lanterns as centerpieces and barbecue served family-style.