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Picnic accessories for comfy outdoor dining

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Must-have picnic accessories

Throwing down an old blanket and munching on sandwiches is certainly one way to picnic, but we’ve found a fun array of picnic accessories that will make every outdoor dining experience a comfy yet stylish affair.

Picnic must-haves

1Williams Sonoma Wicker Picnic Basket ($350)

A Williams Sonoma exclusive, this woven willow basket is inspired by the classic English picnic hampers and provides everything you'll need for an elegant picnic for four. It comes with porcelain plates, flatware, hand blown wineglasses, insulated cooler and wine duffel, insulated flask and thermal mugs, cozy fleece blanket, and cheese board and knife. A comfortable shoulder strap makes this well-equipped picnic basket easy to carry to your favorite outdoor dining space.

2Picnic Gift Insulated Tote with MP3 Plug-in ($38)

If lugging a large basket puts a heavy crimp in your picnicking style, simply pack your favorite picnic treats in this insulated tote and trek up the mountain or across the sandy beach to your designated picnic spot. The Picnic Gift tote features a radio and MP3 plug-in if you can't live without your tunes… or need romantic music to set the mood.

3Estate Wine Tote and Cooler ($34)

If a bottle of wine under the shade of a tree or starry night is more your thing, this compact wine tote will hold a single bottle of wine and two wine glasses along with a waiter-style corkscrew and nickel-plated bottle stopper. Made with Thermo-Guard insulation, your wine will stay at the proper temperature for hours.

4Wanderlust Wining ($15)

Looking for the perfect picnic spot in wine country? Stefani Jackenthal's outdoorsy oenophile book Wanderlust Wining is for you! You can plan a picnic or an entire vacation in the wine Meccas of California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and New York. Jackenthal tells you where to go, what to eat, where to sleep, and the best wineries to visit. Buy your wine and take it to a scenic spot to sip with a picnic meal composed of the area's most gourmet finds.

5Mambe Outdoor Blankets ($89)

Don't let a little wet grass spoil your picnic fun! The Mambe Outdoor Blanket has warm Polartec fleece on one side and a soft waterproof nylon on the other side. Best yet, if the weather takes a turn for the worse, you can wrap this plush blankie around you to keep out the wind and cold.

6Picnic Time Oniva Seat ($36)

After you've had your fill of picnic goodies, you can recline back in this recreational recliner and enjoy a nap or relax with a glass of wine. With 10 adjustable back positions, you'll be able to find the perfect angle of comfort.

More picnic tips

Picnic-perfect styles
Printable picnic planning checklist
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