10 Accessories to Fancy Up Your Summer Picnic

updated Dec 17, 2019
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There are things that you need for a picnic, and then there are things that are just really nice to have — all the pretty add-ons that take your al fresco adventure from utilitarian to ultra-chic. Sure, you could do without them, but isn’t it more fun when pretty plates and clever cutlery are involved? We think so. Here are 10 of our favorite accessories to fancy up your picnic.

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Freshwater Tote, $118 at Anthropologie (Image credit: Anthopologie)

1. Freshwater Tote, $118 at Anthropologie: This straw tote is roomy enough to fit all your picnic needs (including a picnic blanket), and it’s stylish enough to double as your weekender.

2. Marble Party Cups, $7 for 8 at Oh Happy Day: These marbled cups come in blue, neon orange, and an art gallery-worthy multicolor, but we’re partial to the mint green.

3. Lemon Party Plates, $6.25 for 8 at Oh Happy Day: These party plates add a bit of, ahem, zest to your picnic. Pretty, pink, and patterned, with a green trim and ruffled edges, they’re feminine and fun.

4. Aurelian Utensil Set, $7 at BHLDN: Gold is having an extended moment, which means you’ll be totally on trend with this faux-gold cutlery set. They’re just flashy enough, but they won’t steal the thunder of your famous potato salad.

5. Liberty Floral Paper Napkins, $8 at Leif: We’re thrilled to see floral prints from the British print house popping up everywhere — including on these paper napkins. Just looking at them makes us want to start packing for a picnic in the park.

6. Essential Companion Tote, $40 at Ten Thousand Villages: If you’re planning a dejeuner sur l’herbe for two, consider this hand-crafted palm leaf basket. It has a flat bottom that helps keep your provisions intact, and sturdy leather handles to help you shoulder the burden with ease.

7. Copper Cups, $78 for 4 at Yield: Instead of disposable cups, why not go with reusable ones? These copper cups are an investment, sure, but if you’re a frequent picnicker, you’ll save money in the long run.

8. Melamine Picnic Plate, $14 at Terrain: A picnic doesn’t have to mean plastic — especially if you’re packing for a smaller party. These melamine ones, a collaboration with Bungalow Denmark, come in three patterns, all based off real textiles.

9. Love Pun Forks, $12 for 20 at BHLDN: Add some cheek to your picnique a deux with these punny forks, which have sayings like “Tried and Chew” and “Yum and Only.”

10. Linen Eyelet Napkins, $58 for 4 at Coyuchi: Nothing classes up your al fresco repast like real linen napkins — especially ones with pretty eyelet details.