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Alfresco Accoutrements: Must-Have Picnic Accessories

Picnics are one of the greatest things about summer. There's something magical about dining with the grass between your toes and the sun on your face. Okay, so you might have to fend off flies and ingest a grain of sand or two, but there's no denying that fresh air makes everything taste better. True, the company—not the basket—makes the party, but why not forego Granny's pilled quilt for a more attractive table-topper? These picnic accessories will take your alfresco dining experience to a whole new level of delicious stylishness.
  • Copley Picnic Basket for Two

    While picnicking in your neighborhood park is cool, dining on the streets of Paris is cooler. If you can’t hightail it to France this weekend, pretend you’re there with this vintage-style basket complete with a set of two ceramic plates, stainless steel flatware, wine glasses, and cloth napkins. It also has a removable insultated section to keep stuff cool. Bon appétit!

  • Mega Picnic Mat

    Nothing screams “picnic time” louder than a blanket large enough to seat the entire cast of Kate Plus Eight. Perfect for keeping your derrière scruff-free on wet grass, soggy sand, and uneven surfaces, this versatile mat comes in over two dozen different designs.

  • Wine Bottle Bag

    Since nobody ever forgets the food basket, ensure your party doesn’t forget the booze (wine, to be precise) bag. This insulated tote holds up to six bottles of your favorite libation, making sure that all your guests are free of inhibitions and ready to celebrate.

  • Bodum Fyrkat Portable Grill

    Who needs PB&J sandwiches when you can have freshly grilled steaks? Up the culinary ante of your picnic by bringing a portable charcoal grill. This compact and colorful grill by Bodum Fyrkat is perfect for turning your picnic into a full-fledged barbecue.

  • Wine Bottle and Glass Holder

    There are few things as delightful as drinking wine under the sun. Prevent damaging the delight with spillage and invest in a holder for your vaso de vino. This stainless steel swirl can be pushed into sand or grass to ensure accident-free wining and dining.

  • Food Tent

    Nothing kills an appetite quicker than sharing food with flies. Keep insects at bay with a food tent. This nylon net collapses for effortless storage.

  • Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie in Wooden Box

    Few things are as compatible as pies and picnics. Bring a little extra sweetness to the festivities with a pecan pie from Texas’s famous Goode Company. This splurge-worthy tart is truly heaven sent—try it to believe it. ($36; Goode Company)

  • Urban Picnic Roll-up

    This sleek ’n’ stylish silverware roll is ideal for earth-loving picnickers. Perfect for an eco-chic date, this eating kit comes complete with two sets of bamboo utensils. ($13.50; Etsy)

  • Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

    When you think outdoor eating, you think beer and watermelon. Clearly, this makes watermelon-flavored beer a dream addition to your next fiesta. Brewed with real watermelon, Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer is the signature summer brew of San Francisco based 21st Amendment.
    Check online for availability.

  • Table in a Bag

    Sitting on the grass can get wet. Picnic wherever you want and stay dry with this portable (but adorable) table. Made of weather-resistant aluminum and stored in a canvas bag, this baby is easy to transport and assemble.

  • Classic Red Gingham Cloth Picnic Napkins

    No picnic is complete without something in red, white, and checkered. These napkins are double-sided and superabsorbent. They’re the perfect way to show fellow picnickers your eco-friendly and fashion-forward side. ($25, Etsy)

  • Freixenet Brut de Noris NV Rose Wine

    Picnics are a time to celebrate, and nothing screams celebration (or complements a creamy wheel of Brie) like a glass of the bubbly. Winner of Food and Wine magazine’s Star Sparkling Wine title, this fruity Spanish blend is simple, delicious, and oh-so affordable. ($11.99; Wine.com)

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