Warm weather brings lots of opportunities for picnics. And even in a time of social distancing, there are still places where you can settle in and have a wonderful meal outdoors. If you want to level up your next picnic in the park, our correspondent Jillian Tangen has the latest on the 15 luxury essentials to pack for the perfect picnic 2022, including baskets, portable gourmet foods, blankets and (of course) fashion attire. It’s everything you need for a perfect picnic in the sun right now.
the best luxury picnic essentials of every type right now
Picnic season is here. And this year we intend to make the most of it with languorous outdoor gatherings with family and friends that stretch into dusk – at least until the weather gets too cold anyways.[white_box]
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Over the years, we’ve accumulated some basic picnic gear and accessories. But it feels like a refresh is in order this year for a truly stylish and luxurious party.
So, what are the best baskets, blankets and other items for a truly fabulous picnic party? Ahead, we’ve rounded up 15 of our must-haves for summer and fall picnic season. All that’s left to find is the perfect location.
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1. picnic time canvas basket tote
No picnic outing is complete without a charming basket. Our pick is the Canvas Basket Tote ($45) from Picnic Time. It’s fully lined and has leather straps so it’s much easier to carry than a traditional wicker basket.
BUY NOW – $45.
2. sunnylife canvas picnic backpack
If baskets aren’t your thing, this Sunnylife Luxe Canvas Picnic Backpack ($155) will help you carry all the essentials. Plus it comes with a picnic blanket, two cutlery sets, two plates and a bottle opener!
BUY NOW – $155.
3. siren song les indiens melamine plates
Eco-friendly dinnerware? Count us in with these reusable Les Indiens Melamine Plates ($75) from Siren Song to enjoy snacks and food on.
BUY NOW – $75.[white_box]
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4. heating & plumbing ultimate picnic toolkit
Grab this Ultimate Picnic Toolkit ($417) from London based Heating & Plumbing and you’ll be ready for any type of outdoor event. Stocked with a cozy wool picnic blanket, two comfy cushions and a champagne bucket, you will be the toast of the gathering.
BUY NOW – $417.
5. terrain rattan folding tray table
No place to set your drink? Level up your picnic game with this Rattan Folding Tray Table ($158) from Terrain. And when you aren’t dining al fresco, use it for breakfast in bed.
BUY NOW – $158.
6. knork bamboo flatware set
Unless you are serving finger foods you are going to need utensils. This reusable and biodegradable Knork Bamboo Flatware Set ($18) comes with a fork, spoon and knife so you and your guests will have everything they need on the go.
BUY NOW – $18.
7. fuum tumbler glasses
Serve icy cold refreshments in these beautiful blomus FUUM Tumbler Glasses ($46 set of 4). They’re shatter resistant in the event of any accidents.
BUY NOW – $46 set of 4.
8. vinglacé wine bottle cooler and wine glasses
Keep your wine the perfect temp with a double-walled, vacuum-insulated Wine Bottle Cooler & Wine Glasses ($140) from Vinglacé. Simply unscrew the adjustable top and pop in your fav chilled wine, bubbly or even sparkling water and it’ll stay cold for about four hours.
BUY NOW – $140.[white_box]
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9. yeti tundra 35 hard cooler
You didn’t come to play. The rugged Yeti Tundra 35 Hard Cooler ($275) is suited for the picnicking demands of your hungry crew. It boasts up to three inches of PermaFrost Insulation to keep things cool.
BUY NOW – $275.
10. business & pleasure co. lauren chair
While picnics are charming, after a while they can become a little, well, uncomfortable. Relax in comfort with this folding Lauren Chair ($199) from Business & Pleasure Co. It’s lightweight, folds and is easy to carry.
BUY NOW – $199.
11. viski double hinged corkscrew
Be the hero when everyone else forgets the bottle opener! We love this resplendent copper Double Hinged Corkscrew ($17) option from Viski.
BUY NOW – $17.
12. picnic time fold-up portable adventure wagon
You’re probably going to need some help carrying everything to your picnic spot. Opt for a little help from Picnic Time’s sturdy Fold-Up Portable Adventure Wagon ($297).
BUY NOW – $297.[white_box]
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13. ultimate ears wonderboom 2
Every picnic needs some tunes. You can’t go wrong with the Wonderboom 2 ($90) by Ultimate Ears. It’s small enough to hold in your hand, and it comes with a small built-in strap you can use to suspend it from a hook or attach it to your bag when you’re out and about.
BUY NOW – $90.
14. les jardins de la comtesse champs elysees picnic basket
For a one and done option when it comes to plates, glassware and utensils, we love this Champs Elysees Picnic Basket ($294) from Les Jardins de la Comtesse.
BUY NOW – $294.
15. fortnum & mason summer adventure hamper
Why runaround shopping when you can have your picnic foods sent to you? Fortnum & Mason’s Summer Adventure Hamper ($234) has everything from cheese to truffles and wine to enjoy sent to you in a beautiful basket.
BUY NOW – $234.
15 luxury picnic essentials you need right now
That’s our take on the luxury essentials of every type for the perfect picnic, including the best baskets, blankets, accessories, fashion and food. 15 buys to make this picnic season one to remember. Have fun, dear reader. And bon appetit!
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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.