Spring has officially sprung and with rising temperatures, it’s time to start thinking about meals we can enjoy outside. To plan the perfect picnic though, you have to have a few basic essentials to get the dinner party started.
12 Essential Items for Hosting an Epic Spring Picnic
Picnic Blanket. All great picnics start with a great canvas. That’s why we love this Woven Ivory Throw Blanket throw from shopten25. It’s super soft and cozy and just waiting for people to sit comfortably. Retail value: $75.00, shop|ten|25
Food Containers. Getting your food to the picnic is also very important. With the Bentgo all-in-one stackable bento lunch box solution, each family member can pack up their own unique picnic-approved meals and take it along with them. This makes picnic meal-prep a breeze and the bentgo boxes can be used later that week for lunch prep too! Retail Value: $19.99, BentGo.com
Reusable Sandwich Bags. If you’re packing picnic-lite, reusable snack bags can also be a great way to move your food from kitchen to blanket. We love these unique, easy-to-clean versions from spbang. The Grass Reusable Snack Bag really seemed to catch our eye, but there are three different colors available – grass (green), ocean (blue), and eggplant (purple). Retail value $9.99, spbang.com
Dinner & Serving Plates. Serve your favorite healthy foods up in style with this beautiful Nature+ dinnerware set from Yumi Eco Solutions. As an added bonus, each plate is made with bamboo fiber – making it a safe plastic and melamine alternative for you and the environment. Its biodegradable too! Available in green and white. Retail Value: $29.95, set of 4, Amazon.com
Outdoor Friendly Utensils. No matter what sort of cuisine you have planned for your picnic, you’ll be prepared with the Lekue Twin Ones Chopsticks. Ideal for eating all sorts of healthy foods on the go! Available in green, red, and brown. Retail Value, $10.00, thePlate Boutique
Salad Servers. A big bowl of crisp, cold leafy greens is just what the warm weather ordered! Toss yours up in style with these brightly hued and humorous servers from Talisman Designs. Available at thePlate Boutique in May 2014!
A Colorful Bowl. Salad servers are nice, but without the bowl of salad, there isn’t much need for them. Pair up your brightly colored salad servers with an equally bright bowl! We love this 3.5 Qt Confetti Mixing Bowl from Zak! Designs because it comes with a lid too – easy for storing and travel. Retail value $19.99, thePlateBoutique.com
Sippy Cups for Grown Ups. hello to EcoJarz – an amazingly simple new way to drink eco-chic! Simply add one of the silicone or FDA grade stainless steel lids to any standard mouth canning jar and viola! Drinks around! Retail value $17.95 for a set of 3 silicone lids, $19.95 for a set of 3 stainless steel lids, EcoJarz.com
Refreshingly Good Beverages. For your little ones in tow, finding beverages that feel special yet aren’t loaded down with sugar is difficult. That’s why we think Little Me Tea is pretty awesome and a refreshing addition to any family-friendly picnic. Its loaded with antioxidants and comes in two awesome flavors – Julia’s Tropical Tea and Zane’s Grape Tea. Retail Value $32.31 for 30 boxes, Amazon.com
Discrete Bottle Opener. For more adult-friendly beverages, a bottle opener is often an essential piece of equipment to bring along on a picnic. Unfortunately, bottle openers are often easy to lose in transit or left at home on the counter as other items are arranged and packed up for your meal outdoors. With the iOpener though, you never have to worry about being ill-prepared. The west|280 iOpener is part iPhone case and part bottle opener, which means you can take it anywhere you take your cell phone. Be the hit of any party or picnic with this handy accessory. Retail Value $39.99, west280.com
Bug Guard. Nothing ruins a picnic faster than bugs do. Keep those bugs away naturally with Citrus All Over Cream from HollyBeth Organics. Beautifully packaged and made with all natural ingredients, this is quite the step up from bug spray! Retail value $25, HollyBethOrganics.com
Hands-Free Bag. Make clean up a breeze at the end of your picnic by keeping your hands free with a Beau & Ro Belt Bag like this one, The Palm Beach! Stylish and perfect for keys, cell phones, hand sanitizer, sunscreen and the odds and ends your kids may find, this bag will help keep you better organized… especially when you need it most! After a messy picnic! Retail Value $148.00, BeauandRo.com