One of the cutest and most thoughtful bridal shower or wedding presents I’ve seen is a picnic basket filled with all the party and dining essentials. Why not use that as inspiration for a backyard party or even your wedding day? I think it’s such a wonderful and intimate idea for a casual affair with friends and family. You don’t need to have anything too matchy-matchy; the more eclectic, the better. Ask you friends, family, and neighbors for any old mismatched plates, cups, and napkins and also dig out the old blankets and sheets that have been stored away in the closet. Add some throw pillows, some pretty homemade lanterns, and party the day or night away outdoors!