Up until last week, I would grab some dinner napkins and silverware to go with the picnic stuff. My husband frowned on that, as he recalls digging through drawers in the church basement, trying to find a missing spoon.
I suddenly realized that I could buy four knives, forks, and spoons from the thrift store and set them aside for just taking places. Is this not an obvious solution? It only took me about 6 years to come to it.