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The 10 Things You Need Now for a Perfect Picnic
You can still venture into the great outdoors—even if it’s only as far as your backyard.
At this time of year, as the weather gets warmer, the urge to get outside grows. Spring may surely look a little different this year, but if you’re fortunate enough to have an outdoor space, you’ll want to get out there and use it for alfresco dining—which is, of course, one of the best parts of spring. So whether you’ll be picnicking in your backyard while you’re sheltering in place or gathering the essentials now in the hopes of upping your picnic game at a park someday in the future, read on for ED’s top picks of everything you need to make the most of this season—and every warm-weather season ahead.
On scorching spring and summer days, shade is key. Serena & Lily’s charming umbrella is one stylish way to avoid sunburned shoulders.
With pegs to anchor it into the ground, this bright picnic blanket is pretty and practical.
If you’re among those who have access to a beach, Lateral Objects’ new chair was made for picnic days with your toes in the sand.
These bento boxes from Anthropologie, designed in collaboration with Clare V., are great for a quick lunch outdoors and can be packed inside a picnic basket or used solo.
You’ve waited long enough—swap your disposable plastic cutlery for a reusable bamboo set. It’s better for the environment, of course, and will last for many summers to come.
This Mark & Graham basket set has a top handle as well as rolling wheels, so transporting all of your picnic needs has never been easier.
This sleek, compact cooler will keep your drinks cold all day long, no matter the temperature.
Inspired by traditional Sicilian designs, this dinnerware set is crafted from durable melamine and tailor-made for outdoor dining.
Juliska’s traditional basket is decorated with summer blooms and contains everything you need for a picnic for four.
It’s not a true picnic without a splash of classic red gingham, so be sure to add these napkins to your next outdoor meal.