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Get This Look: Picnic Perfect

By: The Local Palate

A packing guide to dine anywhere from your backyard to the beach

When we entertain outdoors, we like to keep it casual. But some picnics, even leisurely ones, call for an elevated touch. We’re not saying you need to break out a candelabra but a few upscale touches will take you from backyard noshing to al fresco affair.

Amanda Lindroth Island Wrapped Pitcher ($75)
Natural Wrapped Tumblers (set of four, $64)

Amanda Lindroth’s glassware evokes island breezes. Pick up a set of the cane-wrapped tumblers from the shops in Palm Beach or Charleston and fill up the pitcher with almond iced tea or blackberry lemonade for a refreshing sipper.

Turkish-T Beach Mat Throw with Cotton Harness ($58)
Beach Candy Picnic Blanket ($62)

A well-made throw is essential for outdoor dining. The gingham cotton weave of Nashville textile company Turkish-T’s beach mat throw provides the base for a large-scale spread and comes with a harness for easy carrying. The lightweight picnic blanket is made of the same soft, breathable fabric of their beloved towels but is sized up for exponential grazing. 

Vinglacé Wine Bottle Chiller + Stemless wine glass
(Set of chiller + 2 glasses; $124.95) 

Keep libations cool when the weather heats up by popping a bottle of crisp rosé or a sparkling white into the Vinglacé wine bottle chiller. It maintains the ideal frigid temp for up to four hours. Grab a set that includes two vacuum-insulated, double-walled stemless wine glasses for unbeatable chill factor.

Rigwa Life 1.5 Rigwa Bowl ($39.95)

The ultimate adult lunchbox, Rigwa bowls are our go-to for food storage and travel containers. The stainless steel bowl will keep dips hot for four hours or salads chilled for up to eight hours. The family-owned, Charleston-based company is dedicated to sustainability.

Medina Mercantile Backpack ($85)

The sport of picnicking calls for strategic packing. Medina Mercantile, in Southwest Virginia, levels up the basic market tote with a backpack made of woven palm leaf and leather straps to sling over your shoulder.

Vintage Rattan Picnic Basket ($250)

Or go for a traditional basket with all the bells and whistles like this one from Miami Vintage Decor. The sturdy, double-lidded rattan basket is outfitted with interior leather straps to hold all your serving items, leaving plenty of space for edible goods. 

Alabama Sawyer Handmade Wood & Brass Tray ($350)

Trays are the swiss army knife of home decor. This handmade wood tray with brass accents is crafted in walnut or oak by Southern designers prioritizing sustainability first. Alabama Sawyer, known for their modern wood furniture, is fueled by makers who create environmentally sustainable designs made from trees that have fallen in the Birmingham area in their “field-to-studio” shop.

Caitlin Wilson Medium Round Charcuterie Board ($128)

Snacks are the name of the game when it comes to picnic grazing—that’s where this perfectly packable, medium-sized round board made of reclaimed wood by Dallas-based Caitlin Wilson comes in.

Dot & Army Zero Waste Utensil Wrap ($28)

Sustainability first is the mantra of Dot & Army, based in Brunswick, Georgia. This zero-waste set includes bamboo cutlery, a stainless steel straw, and a cloth napkin, all sheathed in a grey linen wrap, making it equal parts eco-friendly and stylish.

Caitlin Wilson Blue Gingham Melamine Plate (set of four, $24)

Ditch the paper plates for the more eco-friendly and indestructible but lightweight properties of melamine. Dallas-based designer Caitlin Wilson’s set of blue and white gingham plates are both portable and effortlessly chic, as well as dishwasher safe.

Relish Melamine Oval Platter ($42) and Tongs ($22)

Pack this weave-textured melamine platter and tongs, created by three designing Georgia women, to serve salad and summer veggies.;

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