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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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":http://21st-amendment.com/beer/hell-or-high-watermelon is the signature summer brew of San Francisco based 21st Amendment.
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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.
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)
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)