Since lots of socializing with friends and family is happening outdoors right now – whether in a park or in our own backyards – now is the moment for a luxury upgrade of that dependable standby, the picnic blanket (which can also do notable service at the beach). Our correspondent Jillian Tangen has curated a list of 12 of the best luxury outdoor beach and picnic blankets to buy right now.
a luxurious outdoor blanket is a must-have
The cornerstone of any good picnic besides delectable cuisine and good friends or family? A cozy blanket. Sure, a classic wicker basket is adorable and yes, bluetooth speakers and portable grills are nice to have too.[white_box]
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But a soft, comfortable and durable blanket onto which you can spread out your outdoor feast, not to mention your legs? That’s a no brainer.
And while a red and white gingham sheet may look good for the ‘gram, a proper picnic requires something as pretty as it is practical. That means luxury picnic blanket options like waterproof materials, cozy fabrics and secret pockets to stow away your phone, book and keys. To help you pick the right one for your next alfresco feast, we’ve found 12 of the very best luxurious picnic blankets that you can buy right now.
Whether you’re after picnic rugs in a classic wool tartan, a plush water resistant beachside blanket or are in need of an extra large option to fit the entire extended family, we’ve got you and your park space covered.
Without further ado, here are our 12 favorite luxury picnic blanket options, perfect for enjoying everything from your go-to summer refreshment with friends at the oceanfront to freshly picked apples with the fam at the orchard this fall.
the best luxury picnic blankets to buy right now
1. picnic time
Morning dew, damp grass and sand don’t stand a chance against Picnic Time’s cozy fleece lined and water-resistant Extra-Large Outdoor Picnic Blanket ($50).
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2. fortnum & mason
Experts in tea time treats and alfresco dining, Fortnum & Mason knows how to make a quality picnic blanket. This Tartan Waterproof Picnic Blanket ($158) comes in wool mix and with a protective lining to keep you dry no matter the weather.
BUY NOW – $158.
3. heating & plumbing
The O.G. in terms of the look of the best luxury outdoor picnic blanket has to be Anglo-inspired tartan plaid. Made from luxurious pure new wool, this Waterproof Wool Picnic Blanket ($211) from Heating & Plumbing comes in an array of colors and patterns (we’re partial to “highland dreams”). It also has a waterproof backing and carry handles to ensure you easily stay dry.
BUY NOW – $211.
Keep it simple and comfortable with this durable Waterproof Blanket ($125) from Danish brand Rains. One side features quilted and padded polyester with a soft and warm feel while the reverse is cut from the brand’s signature waterproof fabric.
BUY NOW – $125.
5. business & pleasure co.
Picnicking on the beach? Opt for Business & Pleasure Co.’s soft cabana striped Beach Blanket ($119). It even has a spot in the middle to place your sun umbrella.
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Big enough for a family, the Lowlands Blanket ($200) from Yeti offers comfy cushioning, repels liquids and comes with a sturdy carrying bag.
BUY NOW – $200.
Lay back and relax with Sunnylife’s Luxe Beach & Picnic Blanket ($122) that folds into a flat tote for simple carrying.
BUY NOW – $122.
Among our personal fav’s is Marimekko’s vivid Tiiliskivi Picnic Quilt ($122). Made of strong, dirt-repellent upholstery cotton, it comes with a detachable leather strap to make clean up and carrying easy.
BUY NOW – $122.
Grab this chic and classic Roll Up Blanket ($319) from Pendleton and you’ll be ready for any type of outdoor event. Made in the US, it’s composed of two separate and removable layers of virgin wool and waxed cotton for extra moisture resistance, as well as easy maintenance.
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Crafted from flatwoven peshtemal, with a lovely fringe, you’ll never not want to crawl on top or under this Bondi Fringe Beach Blanket ($100) from Kassatex.
BUY NOW – $100.
Looking for a family friendly option? Nemo’s Victory Blanket ($150) has a water-resistant flannel top that is soft to the touch, but also durable enough to withstand the occasional muddy foot, shoe or paw.
BUY NOW – $150.
12. missoni home
We end our list of the best luxury outdoor beach and picnic blankets with a stunner from Italy. Elevate your outdoor occasion to the next level with this Missoni Home Jacquard Print Blanket ($504). Because, well why not?
BUY NOW – $504.
the best luxury picnic blanket to buy right now
There you have it, our 12 favorite luxury outdoor picnic blankets to shop for right now. Just add good food, great friends and possibly a dash or two of sunscreen and you are good to go for the rest of the outdoor season. Happy picnicking, dear reader.
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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.