One of my favorite warm weather activities is a laid-back family picnic, and over the years I have found some tried and true favorites perfect for the occasion. Here are my picks for a chic, casual, well-planned picnic:
Placemats and Napkins
I’ve shared my love for MYdrap disposable napkins and placemats before, and a picnic is one of my favorite places to put them to use. Simple yet chic – I love them in red and blue gingham – they are disposable but can also be wiped down and used again. And, for a great non-disposable options, I love these Every Day Napkins from Ambatalia, and these beautiful hand woven towels from Bitters Co.
Plates & Cutlery
I’ve long been a fan of Falcon Enamelware, and their plate sets – love them in white with blue, red, and grey rims – are just the thing for picnics. And, I recently discovered these beautiful Variopinte enamel plates and, like Falcon, had to have them for my Montecito store.* We carry them in a beautiful grey and white and moss and white, and Merci has a huge selection of them on their website. And, for a disposable option, you can’t go wrong with bamboo plates.
Cups & Bottles
For drinks, my new favorite S’well Bottles are great for wine or water. And, Mason jars in large or small double as great cups. I also love these Gigogne glasses and Picardie tumblers from Duralex – they’re made out of tempered glass and therefore very durable.
Found after much research, Peterboro Baskets have become an outdoor staple – we have them in Tahoe and use them constantly – and their insulated options are amazing. I also recently discovered this cool picnic tote from Acme, and this great picnic basket for two from Terrain.
A fully-stocked basket is always great to have, and we keep an amazing one (similar here and here) at our home in Tahoe. But my ultimate picnic basket is from Variopinte – simple, chic, and perfect for the beach or park, it combines a beautiful wicker basket and strap with an enamel plate or platter, which acts as a lid.
No picnic is complete without a great blanket. My favorites: all of the amazing options from Pendleton. I especially like their nylon-backed Roll-Up Blankets, which are not only easy to transport, but stay nice and dry when placed on the grass or sand.
*Contact stores for details and availability.