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Is it too early to be thinking about picnics? Admittedly summer is still over a month away, but the stores are telling me it's time to get ready. On my to-do list: enjoy a classic picnic experience, even if it's in my own backyard. These finds are sure to help anyone achieve the perfect al fresco dining experience:

For a true picnic, gingham check is a must. Go for classic red or blue napkins, or buy an inexpensive piece of fabric to use as a tablecloth. Gingham check napkins, set of six, $43, Pottery Barn.

In place of disposable cutlery, take along fun stainless steel utensils with plastic handles. You can use these indoors, too. Picnic flatware in blue stripes or green, set of 20, $28, West Elm.

Pack light and opt for durable dinnerware. Drink the beverage of your choice in style with these stackable acrylic wine glasses. Stackable acrylic wine glasses in clear, blue, green or orange (not shown), set of four, $12, Crate & Barrel.

Chill drinks on ice in a bucket and grill on the go with a portable barbecue. Outdoor metal drink bucket, $24, BBQ grill, $40, West Elm.

And what picnic is complete without a classic wicker basket? The basket for two on the right comes with plates, flatware, wine glasses and a wine bottle opener. Jacquelyne picnic basket, $77, rattan picnic basket for two, $103, Pottery Barn.

Now to pack the perfect meal!

Photo credits:
1, 5. Pottery Barn
2, 4.West Elm
3.Crate & Barrel

Author: 

Seema Persaud

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