Good company and good food make for a great picnic, but the right equipment can help make the day even better. These 12 finds will help you transport and enjoy all your summer picnics in comfort and style.
Compostable plates with an appealing, clean aesthetic elevate any picnic or outdoor dinner.
Large Compostable Wooden Plates, $25 at
Food 52 Provisions
Bocce Ball Set
The classic Italian lawn game makes a great outdoor diversion. Stash the whole set in its carrying case and unpack once lunch is done (while enjoying a cold limoncello, obviously).
Park & Sun BB-109 Bocce Pro Set, $74.99 at
3-Tier Stainless Steel Tiffin
Stacking, stainless steel containers keep food separate and maximize space in your cooler.
To Go Ware 3-Tier Stainless Steel Tiffin, $27.99 at
Handmade Picnic Basket
Sturdy and classic, this basket can carry up to 60 pounds of food, plates, and utensils. Bonus: the lid doubles as a table once open.
Peterboro Handmade Picnic Basket, $59.95 at
Crate and Barrel
Japura Zebra Wood USB Portable Speaker
For inexpensive but still stylish tunes, this portable wood speaker can be connected to your ipod or any device with a standard headphone jack.
Japura Zebra Wood USB Portable Speaker, $30.50 at
Steel Picnic Cooler
This retro insulated cooler, complete with its own embedded bottle opener, is the perfect place to stash a chilled six-pack or a few cans of soda.
Red Picnic Cooler, $69.95 at
Crate and Barrel
Keep your bottle and glasses upright and at easy reach with these ingenious stakes–just anchor them in the ground next to your blanket.
Picnic Stix, $12.99 at
Magno Portable Radio
This beautifully-designed portable radio is made from naturally-harvested new growth wood. Aside from AM/FM, it includes an MP3 input for your ipod.
Magno Portable Radio, $112.50 at
Le Creuset Waiter’s Friend Corkscrew
The cadillac of corkscrews, this well-made model from Le Creuset was designed for professional use.
Le Creuset Waiter’s Friend Corkscrew, $35 at
Outdoor Wine Table
This bamboo table can be staked into the ground to provide a flat surface for use as a cutting board or a side table to hold wine and snacks. The smart holes on the sides fit two bottles perfectly, and the single leg screws off for carrying.
Tovolo Outdoor Wine Table, $19.95 at
City Boy Picnic Grill
This modern-looking, portable grill uses a standard 225g gas cartridge. Take it along to grill hot dogs and burgers or to toast marshmallows.
City Boy Picnic Grill, $229 at
Finnish Design Shop