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Summer Picnic Essentials

If it comes to the Fourth of July, most Americans are thinking about the basics — good food, good drink, and lots of fireworks. This peak-of-summer vacation appears to always come about on the hottest, sunniest day of the year, giving us a good excuse to go outside and embrace sunlight. A picnic takes advantage of each the things that make this vacation so enjoyable. Pack up some good ol’ potato salad, hamburgers, and lemonade, and strut your best red, white, and blue equipment in the wonderful outdoors. Here are 13 things (in honor of the original 13 colonies, obviously ) to help make your picnic tasty, easy and enjoyable.


Bamboo Wine Glass Holder & Outdoor Tray – $22

There’s something so delightfully sentimental about picnics, but sometimes the practicality of attempting to consume on a gentle, grassy knoll may kill the mood. This bamboo wine glass holder and tray simplifies all those problems! Just stick it in the ground, and you get a static stage for whatever warm-weather goodie you’re snacking (and an accompanying glass of wine, obviously ).


Love Your Meal Silverware Napkins – $16

So simple, but so smart! This adorable paper napkin has a slit in it that’s just the right size for three pieces of silverware. You understand that embarrassing silverware and napkin holding issue that tends to happen at picnic buffets? This little man solves that — and using these red stripes, it might help create a great Fourth of July place putting also.

The Container Store

Giara Hermetic Bottle – $8.99

These bottles are the ideal thing for attracting something yummy to drink to your own picnic. The seals are airtight and hermetic using a clamp closure that keeps everything inside fresh. Once it comes in many different colors, I am personally partial to the quite patriotic blue.


Tiffin Tin – $22.40

Tiffins would be the ideal food storage alternative for a picnic. These stainless steel tins clip closely shut with handy carrying handles — the ideal anti-plastic alternative for summertime treats. There’s even a picnic set that includes enough containers to easily feed people.

Steven Alan

Steven Alan Beach BlanketĀ  – $48

How great are these beach blankets? I love the preppy stripes, and also the light fabric is very easy to fold up and tuck into a basket for effortless carrying. It is the ideal size for a spur-of-the moment picnic, and will help you to stay warm while watching the fireworks.

Get Together Picnic Basket – $99

My mom gave me a Longaberger basket for Easter when I was in 5th grade. At the time, I believed it was a fairly lame present, but nearly two decades later, this basket was as sturdy and lovely as the day I made it. It has lasted through backyard adventures, overnight camping trips, and even a brief stint as a cosmetic case in faculty. Needless to say, when it comes to baskets, Longaberger knows their stuff. This picnic basket could not get any more classic.


Roberts Revival Radio – $328

This radio is pure ’50s perfection. It has such a distinct vintage, Americana feel, and also the fact that it has been reworked using a modern sound makes it so much better. It has been outfitted with an LED screen backlighting and is MP3 compatible. The ideal companion as you’re toasting some weenies at the grill.


Small Ash Wood Cutting Board – $18

Serve up a plate of cheese and fruit onto this rustic, made-in-the-USA cutting board. Produced from native Minnesota ash wood, this board was created by hand by a family of woodworkers. It functions great as a cutting board on the go, and doubles as a lovely serving board. The wood is soft but sturdy, and was treated, sanded, and finished using food-grade mineral oil.


Fuego Element Portable Gas Grill – $152.99

Dying to get some hamburgers in the Fourth of July picnic, but visiting a locale with no barbecues? Life just got a good deal easier, thanks to the Element mobile gas grill out of Fuego. Legs fold up for advantage, and most removable components are dishwasher-safe. The grill includes a non stick drip tray. It is the ideal way to serve up some yummy ribs without fretting about a huge clean-up afterwards.

Sur La Table

Red Mesh Dome Plate Cover – $9.95

Few items interrupt a picnic more than a swarm of bees or flies hovering around your soon-to-be-eaten meal. This simple mesh dome retains your red, white, and blue jello protected from insects, and adds a little patriotic colour to your location setting to boot.


Zoku Duo Quick Pop Maker – $36.95

Catering an outdoor extravaganza with some picky kids (or adults! ) ) In presence? Customize everyone’s dessert using the super fast and user friendly Zoku Duo Quick Pop Maker. This compact machine may make six popsicles (two at a time, though they sell larger models too ) before having to return from the freezer to get cool .

Ace Hardware

Ball 16oz Wide Mouth Mason Jars – 12 Pack – $12.99

Forget the fancy antiques, tupperware, and vases — nothing works better than a simple, classic, Ball Mason Jar. This jar has been a massive part of American food background — from pickling, to canning, to preserving some lemonade to-go, the Ball Mason Jar serves boundless purposes and serves them well. Use them to keep homemade salad dressing, or serve a spritzy summer beverage.


Chalkboard Hangtags – $24

Help your guests recall which mason jar is theirs with those adorable chalkboard hang tags. A thin piece of wood coated in chalkboard paint, these great tags work wonders as beverage labels, including a fun, vintage vibe into your picnic set.

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Happy Fourth!

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