11 Finds for a Perfect Picnic
Add color and style to your gathering with this water-hued wooden spoon, fork, and knife set (Patterned Wood Utensil Set, $7.95; paper-source.com). A more eco-friendly option than plastic, the set comes with six of each utensil.
Entertaining on the beach or in the park is easy with the Crate & Barrel Table in a Bag ($69.95; crateandbarrel.com). The table is easy to set up—just remove it from the canvas tote, unroll the table top, and screw in the legs—and is low to the ground, so no chairs needed.
Mydrap Cotton Dinner Napkins ($30 per roll; buymydrap.com) come on a perforated roll like paper towels, but are reusable (just throw them in the wash and reuse up to six times). The napkins come in an array of bright colors, patterns, and sizes.
These clever drink holders are perched on yard stakes, allowing you to set your beverage down for easier snacking and game playing. Just remember that some picnic areas do not allow alcohol or glass containers. (True Fabrications Picnic Stix, $10.99 for set of two glass holders and one bottle holder; truefabrications.com)
Settle down on the sand with the Jordan Almond Pestamel from Loomed NOLA ($55; loomednola.com). Lightweight and colorful, this Turkish towel is the perfect option for a picnic.
Light Up the Night
Keep your picnic party going long after sunset with these low-maintenance tiki torches. They’re solar powered and get an extra boost from batteries when needed—and they're lightweight and water resistant, perfect for bringing to the beach. (Paradise Garden Lighting Plastic Solar Tiki Torch Light, $15; wayfair.com)
Pump Up the Jams
The Nuu Splash Bluetooth and Waterproof Portable Speaker can serenade guests for up to 7 hours, so you can just hit play and enjoy. (NUU Splash Bluetooth and Waterproof Portable Speaker, $89.95; hsn.com)
Get Your Glow On
Add a shimmer to your picnic table or blanket with these LED Frosted Glass Mason Jar Solar Lights ($9.99 each; bedbathandbeyond.com). Each comes with a rechargeable battery.
The most important part of any picnic is the food, and if grilling is in order, this pocket-sized smart thermometer is an excellent sidekick. The iDevices iGrill Mini ($39.99; idevicesinc.com) connects to your mobile device and alerts you when your food reaches the perfect temperature. This means more mingling and less time hovering over the grill.
Pack your cheese and eat it too, with this swivel-style cutting board that holds four cheese tools inside. Once open, the board is perfect for slicing and serving. (Picnic Time Circo Cheese Board, $19.99; bedbathbeyond.com)
Whipping up dessert is a blast with these these portable ice cream makers. Just add ice, rock salt, and ice cream mix (it can be as simple as cream, sugar, and vanilla) and then shake, roll, or pass it around to create a tasty treat in 30 minutes. (IndustrialRevolution Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker, $38; wayfair.com)