Best Picnic Ever Shop

You heard us: Picnics are back in a big way. While last summer was full of new outdoor adventures, fanny packs, and sporty sandals, this season we’re settling into the warmer months by slowly reuniting with friends and family we’ve missed and making finger foods that won’t spoil on the walk to the park. So put on your bucket hats, lather on some SPF, and gather your gingham-lined baskets. We’ll see you there!

Published
June 10, 2021
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Anthropologie
Sunny Florals Picnic Blanket
$
88

A cozy blanket that was made for lounging in the sun.

Food52
Outdoor Zip up Picnic Blanket Tote
$
27

City dwellers: listen up! It's a picnic blanket that zips up into a tote, freeing up your hands for carrying items like your jumbo Jenga set, or Costco sheet cake.

Target
Sun Squad Picnic Blanket
$
20

If the classic checkered or gingham look isn't for you, may we offer a more colorful alternative? (P.S. This also zips into a bag for easy transport!)

West Elm
Heather Taylor Picnic Time Basket
$
68

"It might not be the most sensible pick, but I honestly favor a classic picnic basket to a modern or insulated version. Yeah I'm going to try to put my dog in it too, Dorothy- and Toto-style." -Katrina

Food52
Picnic Time Insulated Rolling Cart
$
60

A rolling cart isn't exaclty the most hip or aesthetic pick for a picninc in the park, but it's SO USEFUL and you know it. There's much more room for activities, and it's a lot easier to roll a cart than it is to carry a watermelon, baked goods, or a pack of seltzers from your shoulders.

Amazon
Yeti Roadie Cooler
$
199

There are dozens of reputable coolers out there, but a Yeti is the status summer cooler and their 5-star ratings support it.

Target
Igloo Heritage Backpack Cooler
$
35

When it comes to packing for a trip to the beach, the park, or your best friend's stoop, you've got to be strategic. This cute backpack is one of the easiest ways to transport your stuff. And it fits 28 cans!

Anthropologie
SoYoung Lunch Poche Bag
$
44

"This is hands down the most useful item I own. Planning a park happy hour? Done. Looking to keep your road trip lunch cool? Check. Psst it's also six-pack tested! -Olivia

W&P
Porter Bags Flat Bundle
$
40

Consolidating your sips and snacks into a single bag is no easy feat. Reusable plastic baggies turn your cooler Tetris game into an organized, minimalist, and easy to clean up situation.

West Elm
Flared Pop-Tone Melamine Dinner Plates
$
34

Melamine is the easiet solution to outdoor eating, and helps eliminate single-use plastics. These neutral plates from West Elm have a higer ridge to keep food on your plate, and off the ant-covered grass around you.

REI
To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set
$
15

"I cannot count how many times this utensil set has come in handy." -Olivia

Food52
Portable Teak Wood Table
$
170

Every committed beach-goer should invest in this portable table. Not only does it help in the quest to keep sand out of your snacks, but it will keep your umbrella centered and stable.

Sunflow
The Beach Bundle
$
296

This the the ultimate beach chair. It has everything—a sun shade, drink holder, and a dry bag.

Food52
Picnic Time Pop-up Tent
$
58

A tent is truly your all-in-one beach tool. A blanket, umbrella, chair, and "this is my space don't come near me" marker, which is key when claiming your spot. Plus the polyester material is ideal for keeping grass, sand, dirt, and gravel outside, instead of carrying it home with you.

Madewell
Sunnylife Travel Jumbling Tower Game
$
16

Everyone loves a jumbling blocks game and this portable version is perfect for a group.

Anthropologie
Vera for Anthropologie Croquet Set
$
58

We're loving this sweet take take on a classic park game that's easy to travel with.

Whiled
Ladies Who Lounge
$
37

"Okay hear me out...with a puzzle mat, anything is possible. Why not picnic and puzzle in the great outdoors?" -Alisha

Food52
Modern Inflatable Swimming Pool
$
100

"Do you need an inflatable pool? Well, yes. The answer is always yes." -Olivia

Target
Sloth Pool Float
$
15

Swans and pineapples are cute and all, but we'll pick the sloth float any day.

Brooklinen
Beach Towel
$
65

Whether it's for the park, the beach, the pool, or to sit on in your apartment, Brooklinen's beach towels are big, plush, absorbant, and just nice to look at.

Bark
Dog Pool Float
$
99

Yes, this is a pool float for your dog, and yes they should get to lounge poolside with you.

Wild One
Walk Kit
$
119

"Wild One's newest color is my favorite yet, it's called BUTTER and it's the most fun summer shade. No surprise that my dog will be my pop-of-color summer accessory and companion." -Katrina

Target
Stripe Cooling Dog Mat
$
24

Dogs get hot in the sun too. Prep Fido with a cool and comfy spot of his own with this gel-insert bed that can be put in the fridge/freezer for the EXTRA hot days.

Credo
Mineral Tinted Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30
$
29

Unsun's creamy formula comes in two shades with a small amount of coverage, while fitting a wide range of skintones.

Sephora
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen
$
34

“I had been recommended this so many times before I tried it, and it’s a cult fave for a reason! I love how light it feels, almost like a primer.” -Mary Anne

Cocokind
Daily SPF
$
24

"Wear your SPF! Specifically this SPF! It protects against UVA and UVB rays, pollution, and blue light." -Olivia

Kinfield
Golden Hour
$
22

"Raise your hand if you've ever been personally victimized by mosquitos. Well, this is your new line of defense." -Olivia

Youswim
Eva Standard Waist Two-Piece
$
139

"This swimsuit seems too good to be true. It comfortably fits 7 sizes in 1 (US 2-14) and supports an A to G cup. In my opinion, it's been life changing not to have to buy new swimsuits every season when I may flucutate sizes. The pregnant people in my life fullheartedly agree!" -Olivia

Jade Swim
Contour One Piece Ribbed
$
120

For fashion-forward swimsuits that are actually comfortable, look no further than Jade Swim's latest collection.

Lively
Swimsuit Bundle
$
80

Lively is best known for comfortable bras, but we're really excited about their new swimwear line. The suits can be bought as separates or a mix and match sized bundle set.

Andie
The Amalfi
$
95

Everyone should have a classic one-piece suit.

Madewell
Second Wave Longline Bikini Top
$
49

Madewell's Second Wave swim line is made from recycled materials, giving their stylish sets a feel-good factor.

Alex Mill
Otto Overall
$
175

"These overalls are the perfect solution for summer picnicwear — casual but not too casual, great for movement, stretchy and comes with adjustable size (a huge win for us petite folk)." -Alisha

Outdoor Voices
Exercise Dress
$
100

"There's a reason I own 4 exercise dresses. I workout in them (they are breathable!), I stroll in them (they are cute!), I picnic in them (there are built in shorts!), and a million other summer-related activities." -Olivia

Hill House Home
Ellie Nap Dress
$
125

It's time to bring last year's house dress out on the town. If you bought into the 2020 nap dress trend, this is season to wear those light, flowy, and floral frocks everywhere you go. Why wouldn't you want to feel comfy in the outdoor summer heat?

Madewell
Maggie Sandal
$
68

"Mark my words. These are the sandals of your summer — colorful and comfortable." -Olivia

Charlotte Stone
Gloria Sandals
$
178

"I do not own these shoes, but I do stare at them... not infrequently." -Carey

Loeffler Randall
Gingham Sport Sandal
$
195

Last year's sport sandals got a major upgrade from Loeffler Randall. Dare we dub this summer the season of gingham?

Amazon
Birkenstock EVA Sandals
$
29

"This is season 2 (my second summer) for my EVA slides, and I was so happy to get them back out of my closet once it got warm. They're so comfortable and light, but actually offer some support if you're going for a longer walk or running errands." -Katrina

Madewell
Madewell x Parks Project Baseball Hat
$
29

"Love a good baseball hat for sun protection, and this slightly faded coral color would be a great accessory addition to any 'fit.'" -Alisha

& Other Stories
Straw Bucket Hat
$
49

"I've been seeing these straw and rattan material hats everywhere (on the internet) and they're the slighty more upscale version of a bucket hat, which make me feel a little more put-together than the 1990's version of the trend." -Katrina

Baggu
Fabric Loop Mask Set
$
32

"These masks just scream summer farmers' market. Oh, they fit perfectly too." -Olivia

Selva Negra
Billy Tote
$
35

The perfect tote to keep with you wherever you go.

Abcrete
Flower earrings
$
32

Floral earrings? For spring? Yes, 100%.

Nordstrom
Altec Lansing Mini Bluetooth Speaker
$
29

"No picnic is complete without music. I've had this one for a year and take it EVERYWHERE with me because it's such a small size, the sound quality is great, the battery life is great, and it connects to your iPhone audio with the touch of a button. Also, it's waterproof in case you're a little clumsy at the picnic. ;)" -Alisha

Briogeo
Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Deodorant
$
16

Something you should DEFINITELY keep in your bags this summer — natural deodorant.

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