Wednesday, August 1, 2012

5 Great Ways to Picnic in Style

Pick your spot . . . and picnic!

Summer has arrived and we’re full-on in the thick of things. Now that the heat is on, nothing screams summertime quite like a picnic. So turn off the oven, get out of that steamy kitchen, find yourself a shady patch of grass outdoors, spread out your blanket and get ready to indulge in a relaxing bite on your terms. And who says you have to schlep to the park looking like a homeless person with mounds of paper and plastic bags? Now you can waltz away to the lake, an outdoor concert and, yes, even a clearing in the middle of the woods in style with a chic yet functional picnic basket.

Picnic baskets have come a long way from the little wicker contraption that your grandma used to have. With so many types from which to choose‒chic to fashionable, elegant to throwback, and more‒one thing is certain: your goodies will never get bored when they’re toted around in one of these.

Sticking to Tradition

If you like things done the old fashioned way, then this beautifully built Appalachian White Ash wood basket by the Petetboro Basket Co. is just the thing for you. No bells and whistles or fancy moves—just straight-forward beauty in a well-constructed piece built for form and function. Fill it with your favorite plates, cups, utensils and, of course, food. This wonderful picnic basket is sure to be passed down from one family member to the next for years to come.

On the Lighter Side

On those days when you’ve already performed your astonishing feats of weight lifting at the gym and lugging a heavy basket is the furthest thing from your mind, why not try a lightweight picnic tote instead. This collapsible basket by Picnic at Ascot, which includes service for four, is also insulated so bring on the chicken salad, fresh fruit and designer water!

Picnic on the go

Ease of mobility means a lot to you…and what could be better for scooting about than one of the greatest inventions of all time?  Just like a car, this snappy model comes equipped with four wheels to get you moving in no time. While it may not be as sleek as the Lexus convertible in your driveway, this little baby can move . . . and carry service for four right along with it. From a waterproof blanket to insulated compartments to flatware—it’s all in there.

Two’s Company…Three’s a Crowd

When romance is in the air, you and your significant other can canoodle with the best of them with this lovely willow constructed barrel-styled picnic basketmade for two. The basket comes complete with a tablecloth, wine glasses, salt & pepper shakers, utensils, a corkscrew, napkins and plates. The only thing missing is a candelabra and a string quartet.

Wine ‘n Cheese, Please

Perhaps your idea of a picnic is a low-key affair with a bottle of wine, a few wedges of cheese, a box of crackers and perhaps a bit of fruit. Here is when a picnic-styled wine and cheese tote comes in handy. The perfect complement for that spur-of-the-moment gathering in the park, the set comes with an array of accessories, including acrylic glasses, cheese knife, cutting board and more, to make wining and cheesing on-the-go a stylish affair.

So what are you waiting for? Pack up a basket, head for your garden, the beach or the nearest park and go on a picnic!

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