Picnic Like a Pro With These Drool-Worthy Picks
We've chosen our top 10 products to up your picnic potential.
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Wine and Dine
There is something so simple and elegant about setting off on a picnic with nothing but your favorite bottle of wine and an assortment of cheeses and charcuteries you picked up at the market. This tasteful tote has space for everything you’ll remember and includes everything you’ll forget: corkscrew, cheese knife and a mini charcuterie board. Bonus: It is insulated and cheese-approved.
BUY IT: Amazon, $55.12
Everything but the Family Crest
Maybe elegance is still what you’re after, but "simple" is not a word you’ve ever been described with. This is the picnic basket for you. With porcelain plates, stemless wine glasses, a wooden serving table, stainless steel cutlery, an American-made quilt and much, much more, this willow and leather basket is more of a family heirloom than just a picnic basket.
BUY IT: Amazon, $304.99
Don't Forget the Napkins
Who says disposable napkins have to look disposable? These beautiful, striped paper napkins from Hearth & Hand are sure to handle all the messy clean-up of a picnic meal while giving your linens back home a run for their money in the style department.
BUY IT: Target, 14 for $2.99
BYOB on a Bike
Biking and carrying things do not go hand in hand. Even harder still? Biking and trying to hold a flimsy piece of cardboard filled with six fragile bottles. This 100% genuine leather six-pack caddy straps each bottle in tightly and allows you to secure it from the top tube of your bike or carry it as a typical six-pack. It allows plenty of room for peddling while keeping your craft brews out of harm’s way and ensuring they get to your destination safely.
BUY IT: Amazon, $69.95
Cut It Up
The whole point of picnicking is to get outside and trade the comforts of the table for the beauty of the destination — and to eat amazing food, of course. This knife and cutting board travel set allows you to leave the house but cook like you never left the kitchen. The stainless-steel blade boasts a razor-sharp edge, and the solid oak block naturally disinfects itself. It all comes safely wrapped in an easy to clean nylon cover, so you’re never stuck with a dried-on mess.
BUY IT: Food 52, $70
What's a picnic without a stylish and durable picnic blanket? Make your picnic blanket ultra-portable with an easy-to-use leather carrier. No matter what your preferred blanket is, this handmade, 100% genuine-leather blanket carrier comes fitted with adjustable straps to ensure that you and your blanket always arrive in style.
BUY IT: The Handloom, $48
Heat It Up
Instead of precooking all of your picnic food, save the cooking for the destination. This charcoal grill packs up into a sleek briefcase for traveling but unfolds into a serious cooking surface ready to take on whatever is on the menu. The inner tray and cooking surface are dishwasher safe and the perforated case keeps the outside cool to the touch while keeping the inside nice and toasty.
BUY IT: AHAlife, $390 or Amazon, $390
Disposable Made Easy
Disposable casserole dishes are a life saver for feeding friends on the go. No cleanup, no dirty dishes in the car and no having to worry about broken glass all over the place. There is one major flaw with aluminum pans though: flimsiness. You can’t carry them or drive with them without them bending and spilling the tasty contents of your prized dish. That’s where these bad boys come in handy. Get those casseroles, sheet cakes and cobblers safely to the park with a 100% BPA-free polypropylene suitcase doing the grunt work your aluminum pans just can’t handle.
BUY IT: Food 52, two for $40
Dining in Style
Say goodbye to the days of boring, disposable paper and plastic plates being the only options for practical picnicking. These days, it's easy to find reusable plates that match your taste at an affordable price. These melamine plates come printed in beautifully sophisticated flora that may even give your dinner plates a run for their money.
BUY IT: Nordstrom, $10
Turn Up the Tunes
There seems to be no end to the list of Bluetooth speakers on the market, so why not opt for one that makes a statement. Besides being the coolest-looking speaker we’ve seen, this one also features an AM/FM receiver, an aux cord and a sand- and water-resistant compartment to stow away your smartphone while you crank some tunes.
BUY IT: Anthropologie, $50