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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.