Spring is here! It looks like our friends on the east coast are finally going to get a reprieve from the cold weather and snowstorms. To celebrate one of our four favorite seasons, we’re launching The Picnic Society, a community of people who share a love of outdoor dining.

At the heart of the Everybody’s Invited philosophy is a strong belief in the value of bringing people together to break bread, to laugh, and to temporarily escape the sometimes harsh realities of daily life. And nothing brings people together like a picnic. All you need is an old blanket, a cool spot in the shade, some tasty nibbles that travel well, and of course, some good friends.

The Picnic Society is simple.To join, just read the Al Fresco Manifesto and pledge to organize at least one picnic this year. That’s it! We’ll email you with a new picnic concept every month from April through August, and, best of all, if you sign up during the month of April, you’ll be automatically entered to win a picnic basket loaded with goodies.

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