Spring might’ve officially sprung on March 20, but the weather notoriously decides to wait until late April or early May to settle into consistent springtime temperatures. While the extra month or two of cooler weather might feel unfortunate, it gives you more than enough time to stock up on the latest and greatest in picnic essentials so you’re well-prepared for outdoor dining when it gets here.
From traditional baskets and food storage containers to innovative backpacks and blanket totes, here are the 12 items we can’t wait to show off on that perfect date when it’s not too hot, not too cold, and all you need is a light jacket.
1. Handmade Collapsible Woven Food Tent, $30+
Insects, begone! This handmade food tent will keep pests from treating themselves to your fruit platters, potato salads, and other snacks. They’re also collapsible for easy stowing and towing.
Nothing screams picnic time like an oversized red gingham blanket. And this polyester-based, water-wicking design actually zips up to create a shoulder tote (with a pocket!) for a more fashionable and easy-to-transport take on the timeless classic.
Put your finger sandwiches, sweet snacking breads, and lemon bars into this adorable blue and white striped picnic basket, reminiscent of Dorothy’s in The Wizard of Oz. Just don’t be a wicked witch and force a Toto-looking Fido into its tiny compartment.
If sitting on the ground isn’t your style, opt for this portable folding director’s chair. It’s complete with two insulated beverage pockets, a storage pocket in the hanging armrest caddy, and a small fold-out side table. Warning: You may never want to get up.
5. Reusable Berry Baskets, $28
It’s a known fact that warm-weather produce is the highlight of any picnic, berries being one of the stars. Give them the spotlight they deserve with this basket duo that doubles as a colander for easy rinsing.
6. Folding Picnic Basket & Table, $180
Spilled wine is something to whine about, but it can be prevented with a wine bottle cooler and glass set. This one from Vinglacé will keep your beverage compact and, best of all, cool.
8. The Get Out Cooler Backpack, $300
If you’re packing foods that perish easily, you’ll need a cooler that you can fill to the brim with ice. The Get Out cooler backpack not only provides ample space to fit all of your refrigerated treats, but will also keep them chilly for up to 24 hours with an insulated, water-proof lining.
9. Outdoor Italian Flatware,
We love the elegant look and feel of these dishwasher-safe fork, knife, and spoon sets that will stand up to the elements of nature (and your neighbor’s overcooked pork chops).
10. Melamine Paper Plates, $48+
We appreciate this clever, reusable alternative to classic paper plates. And unlike the OGs, these won’t blow away with a sudden gust of wind.
11. Nested Storage Bowl Set, $125+
A bowl set with lids is a must-have for transferring food and these nested storage bowls are as pretty as they are functional. Stack them Russian-doll-style when not in use to preserve coveted cabinet space.
12. Fold-Up Portable Adventure Wagon, $297+
You’re going to need something to transport everything (including temperamental children) from the car to your picnic site and it’s going to need wheels. Invest in this portable wagon that can fold down and be stored with a protective cover when not in use.
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