May 8, 2012

8 Picnic Essentials

By Belinda Romano

The sun is shining and the breeze is fresh; what a great day to be outstide! Looking for a fun and budget-friendly way to enjoy the outdoors? Call your friends and load up the kids in the van, because it's time for a picnic! Picnics don't have to be complicated, and they don't require too much to be a success. All you need are a few key items to make your day at the park -- or beach, lake, or even back yard! -- fun, friendly and delicious. To help you pack for your next picnic, we've rounded up a short list of essentials for you to enjoy a day under the shade with your closet friends and family.


Before you set up your picnic feast, be sure to lay out a cozy blanket for you and your friends to relax on. Picnic Time Striped Blanket Tote, $26, available at Kohl's.


Make sure your picnic feast arrives fresh and ready to enjoy by packing it all up inside a handy cooler! Igloo 26-Quart Wheeled Cooler with Zippered Lid, $40, available at Lowe's .

Eco-Friendly Plates & Utensils

Disposable plates and utensils are covenient for picnics, but not at the expense of the planet. Go the eco-friendly route and opt for compostable plates and utensils instead! World Centric Compostable Utensils - Assorted 24-pack, $3, available at Lucky Vitamin; World Centric Compostable Plates, 20-pack, $8, available at Amazon .

\Wine Glasses & Cups

What's a picnic without a little wine? Toast to the good times and eliminate the danger of broken wine glasses with this travel-friendly alternative. govino Stemless Shatterproof Wine Glasses, $13, available at Wine Enthusiast.

Wine Opener

Don't pack that bottle of wine without packing a bottle opener! Oggi 3-Piece Wine Bottle Opener Set, $25, available at Amazon.

Outdoor Games

There's nothing like a good game of bocce ball or ring toss on a picnic day, so don't forget to bring some extra entertainment for friends and family! Trademark Games Bocce Ball Set with Nylon Bag, 9 Piece Set, $35, available at Walmart .


Get the party started with some good tunes and set the soundtrack for your day of picnicking at the park with a portable radio. Sony Portable Dock, $80, available at Target .

Trash Bags

After the last piece of fresh fruit has been noshed and the last bit of wine has been poured, be sure to clean up any leftover messes and disposables by placing everything in trash bags. Hefty Renew Recycled Kitchen & Trash Bags, 33 Gallon, 20 Ct., $9, available at Walmart .

  • 8 Picnic Essentials
  • Blanket
  • Cooler
  • Eco-Friendly Plates & Utensils
  • \Wine Glasses & Cups
  • Wine Opener
  • Outdoor Games
  • Music
  • Trash Bags
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