Picnic In Style

This summer, grab some of these fun picnic essentials to make your outdoor dining experience the best it can be.

Summertime means outdoor entertaining, barbecues and picnics. But just because you're outdoors doesn't mean it's all about paper plates and plastic tablecloths. You can picnic in style (and stay organized at the same time) with these fun and fabulous picnicware finds.

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picnic backpack for two

Basket for two

There's nothing more romantic than a picnic with your sweetie. Make planning your outdoor outing even easier with an all-in-one insulated picnic backpack for two, complete with glasses, plates, flatware and more. Available at Sports Authority, $25-$35.

collapsible picnic basket

Collapsible basket

Serving more than two at your picnic? Although this collapsible picnic basket doesn't take up a lot of room, it can carry all of your picnic goods for a larger crowd. The drawstring closure top keeps everything in place and the insulated compartment keeps your food chilled. Available at Target, $30.

The Vulcan

Grill/cooler combo

Be ready anytime for an impromptu picnic with The Vulcan. This insulated cooler and propane barbecue combo gives you everything you need to store and grill delicious picnic foods, including grill tools stashed away inside. Available at Brookstone, $190.

4-piece grill station

Grill station

Making barbecue with no worry of contamination is a breeze with this 4-piece grill station. Prepare all your marinades and meats at home, put them into the "raw" tray and chill. Pack the entire unit for your picnic, cook the meat, then use the clean "cooked" tray underneath. Available at Cost Plus World Market $15.

water-resistant blanket

Picnic blanket

Damp grass can make a picnic uncomfortable, but a water-resistant blanket solves that problem. This blanket tote is also easy to carry once rolled up into the built-in carrier. Available at Amazon, $18.

portable reclining seat.

Portable seat

If sitting on the ground isn't your thing, get a little support from a portable reclining seat. These fold-up seats offer a bit of comfort and relaxation for any outdoor setting where chairs aren't readily available. Available at Target, $30.

bamboo dome

Food dome

You've just prepared all this delicious picnic fare and the flies are buzzing. Keep the bugs off your food with this stylish bamboo dome that locks onto a food tray and folds back for easy access. Available at Cost Plus World Market, $13.

stainless steel tiffin

Stackable lunch box

Pack a stainless steel tiffin (a classic Indian lunch box) with a three-course meal for a quick and easy picnic lunch. The individual compartments keep your dishes separate and can be used for hot or cold foods. Think soup, salad and dessert for a perfect lunch! Available at Amazon, $29.

insulated wine tot

Insulated wine tote

It wouldn't be a picnic without wine, would it? Keep your bottle chilled and easily accessible with this insulated wine tote, complete with adjustable shoulder strap, corkscrew and bottle stopper. Available at Brookstone, $20.

Wine and Dine plates

Wine and dine

Don't put down that wine glass! If your picnic will have wine, these Wine and Dine plates are a must for balancing food and drink. Slip a glass into the notch of the plate and keep your wine within reach while you finish your lunch. Available at Crate & Barrel, $10.

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Comments on "Fun and fabulous picnicware"

Gina August 07, 2012 | 12:50 PM

This article found me just in time because I am planning an end-of-summer picnic for my friends. I really like the grill/cooler combo because its portability allows you take the barbeque anywhere. The other items are also perfect for solving all the typical picnic woes like flies, wet grass and seating. My favorite item in this article is the insulated wine tote. This is a must-have for me because a picnic wouldn’t be a picnic without wine!

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