With a week full of sunshine to look forward to, what better way to celebrate than with a picnic! We’re talking no-fuss food, tasty treats, products that make packing your load easy breezy, and yard games to get everyone up and moving once the food settles.
Introducing 10 Studio 5 approved picnic picks that will make your next party in a basket easier and way more fun:
1. Picnic Time Country Picnic Basket, $31.99, Amazon
Obviously the first essential item on the list has to be a picture-perfect picnic basket, traditional red gingham print and all! It doesn’t come with plates or silverware, but it is plenty roomy – great for serve ware you already have on hand.
2. Extra Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket, $26.99, Amazon
This picnic blanket is basically the Cadillac of picnic blankets. Water resistant? Check. Dual layers? Check. Darling striped print? Check. Easy to store? Check.
3. A Year of Picnics: Recipes for Dining Well in the Great Outdoors, $15.71, Amazon
You know the expression “Jack of all trades?” This book is that expression, in book form. Ashley English’s scenario-based cookbook outlines everything you need for quite literally every type of picnic you can dream up. Themed menus, equipment, locations, timing – “A Year of Picnics” has it all.
4. Apple Crumble Pie, $6.99, Trader Joe’s
Trust us when we say you’ll want to save room for this iconic summer dessert. These Apple Crumble Pies are meant to share – you can get six or so hearty slices out of them. They’re ready to eat right out of the box, but if you’re the backyard picnic type, score bonus points by heating them up in the oven and serving with a dollop of ice cream.
5. Backgammon & Checkers Game Set with Canvas Bag, $55, Kaufmann Mercantile
Handmade and perfectly posh, this canvas game set is a great addition to any picnic party. Its roll and go design make it easy to tote back and forth between home and your favorite picnic spot, be it the beach, park, or your living room floor.
6. VonShef 4 Person Premium Outdoor Picnic Backpack Bag With Blanket, $64.99, Amazon
If backpacks are more your cup of tea, look no further! This VonShef pack bundles everything up for you and comes with a full-size picnic blanket and a 29-piece dining set. *pushes “easy” button*
7. PackIt Freezable Picnic Tote, Buffalo Check, $34.95, Amazon
Say goodbye to warm food that shouldn’t be warm. Pack all your refrigerated essentials in a freezable tote to ensure it stays right at the temperature you need it to. It looks cool. Keeps your food cool. Sounds like a win-win, right?
8. Divided Airtight Storage Container, $30, Food52
If you’re the type of person that doesn’t like their food to touch, this grown-up bento box is for you! You can serve snacks, salads, and meat all out of the same container. BONUS: It comes with an air tight lid AND it is dishwasher safe.
9. 3-in-1 Tailgate Combo Set, $41.99, Wayfair
What’s better than one Tailgate game? Easy, three tailgate games in one. This set combines ladder ball, corn hole, and washer toss – all family friendly games that are simple enough for first timers to pick up with ease. Each game is made of lightweight material, making the set a breeze to pack and play.
10. Fold N Go Propane Grill, $69.99, Coleman
Last but not least, the grand finale and pinnacle product for picnic goers everywhere – a portable grill! If you take your picnic game seriously, this is the next step. This grill folds up smaller than a briefcase but has the power to feed your whole posse with ease. BONUS: You can check it off your camping essentials list too.