12 picnic essentials you can use year-round
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By Rebecca Thienes
Don't let summer slip away before you've had a proper picnic. We've gathered 12 must-have finds, including an adorable bento box, citronella tea-lights and portable speakers—it's everything you need to easily make dining on the ground all the more inviting.
Blanket Envy2 of 13
Don't let wet grass put a damper on your picnic. This 58-inch square blanket from Fruitsuper Design is water-resistant and has weighted corners that stay put even on a breezy day.
SHOP NOW: Fruitsuper Design roll-up picnic blanket, $98
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This pretty coral bento box will keep your crudité crisp and fruit fresh. Once back home, pop the reusable box into the dishwasher for one-step cleanup.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie bento box, $38
Nice Basket4 of 13
Crafted in New Hampshire from Appalachian white ash, this tote is an enduring classic that you'll want to display in your home. It also includes a bike attachment, making it easy to eat and roll.
SHOP NOW: Lands' End bike picnic basket, $55
Light My Fire5 of 13
These tiny lanterns come with a convenient windshield that prevents the flame from going out. Rather than a standard tea-light, try a citronella-scented candle to keep critters away.
SHOP NOW: Kaufmann Mercantile copper or brass handheld lantern, $25
On a Roll6 of 13
Don't look like an amateur with loose silverware (or worse, plastic-ware) rolling around the bottom of your picnic carrier. This utensil roll from tried-and-true outdoors brand Duluth Pack comes with a lifetime warranty. That's a lot of alfresco outings.
SHOP NOW: Duluth Pack utensil roll, $42
Sweet Ride7 of 13
Transport items to the perfect spot on the Brooklyn Cruiser bicycle from MoMA Design Store. The three-speed, vintage-inspired mobile’s rear carry rack has an optional wood crate—making hauling food and drinks even easier.
SHOP NOW: MoMA Design Store Brooklyn cruiser bicycle, $660 as shown
Through the Woods8 of 13
Paper straws that look like birch trees instantly elevate store-bought sodas and teas.
SHOP NOW: Kikkerland birch paper straws, $9 (box of 144 straws)
A Cut Above9 of 13
Serve cheese and sliced apples atop this clever travel chopping board. The stainless steel Japanese knife safely rests inside the box. Flip it open via the piano hinge to create the ideal cutting and serving board.
SHOP NOW: Canoe chopping block and knife set, $42
Plastic Fantastic10 of 13
Nothing distracts from picnic fun like a soggy paper plate. Solve the problem with melamine plates that only look like the classic paper version.
SHOP NOW: C.S. Post & Co. washable paper plates and bowls, $9 to $16
Bottoms Up11 of 13
Red plastic cups? That’s so college frat party. Now that you're all grown up, pick up elegant old-fashioned glasses in shatter-proof acrylic. Lightweight and stackable, they won't take up too much space among your provisions.
SHOP NOW: Sur La Table green acrylic double old-fashioned glasses, $8
Closed Encounters12 of 13
Keep uninvited guests from bugging you with a netted food dome. This one has a retractable lid for hassle-free, space-saving packing.
SHOP NOW: World Market rectangular bamboo food dome, $15
Sweet Sounds13 of 13
While you've checked off all the essential pieces to help you dine in style, don't forget the tunes for your picnic gathering. Bang & Olufsen’s portable speaker is a modern update to the company's classic 1960s transistor radio. Apple devices connect via AirPlay (a wireless connection) while other MP3 players or your computer can be hooked up via a mini jack or USB cable, making it a snap to pump up the jams.
SHOP NOW: Bang & Olufsen Beolit 12 portable music player, $800
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