Beachy. Clean. Easy. This canvas basket tote from Food52 combines the ease of a farmers market bag with the sturdy-based reliability of a classic picnic basket. The canvas body cinches to keep contents enclosed, stylish leather straps provide a good grip and a woven willow base keeps things from tipping over. Available in white, olive and blue stripe, this picnic tote is as perfect for a day trip to the beach as it is for an overnight camping getaway to a rustic resort. $44.95, food52.com.
Nineties style is hot, so when the temps cool down, grab an iconic Igloo “Retro Picnic Basket” in six rad shades from “watermelon” to “jade.” The 25-quart cooler features “Thermecool” foam when you just want to chill-out and can hold a complete picnic lunch, Capri Suns, wine coolers and more. $54.99, igloocoolers.com.
Round it Out
Mark and Graham has a chic selection of a variety of picnic basket shapes, from traditional square to barrel-shaped, and even a seashell-inspired look. We like the natural round basket not only for its shapely appearance, but for its utility. The rattan wicker basket features a generous curved handle and a steady teak top that can double as a tabletop or tray. Add a monogram for a custom look that will stand out at the park or the beach. $119, markandgraham.com.
Pack a Bag
The “Luxe” picnic backpack for two puts a summer-chic, adventurous spin on the traditional basket. The all-cotton canvas bag is decked out with two sets of cutlery, a pair of blue and white enamel tumblers and plates, a corkscrew/bottle opener and a colorful cotton canvas picnic blanket. Hit the trail, beach or park for dining with a view. $200, burkedecor.com.
Tête a Tête
Picture a picnic set for two with this heart-shaped, romantically appointed basket from Mark and Graham. The fully lined rattan wicker basket comes date night or afternoon-ready with two wine glasses, an oak cutting board and cheese knife, two forks, spoons and knives, plus a corkscrew. All you need to bring is your favorite bottle of refreshment, a selection of your favorite lite bites and a picnic blanket for two. $199, markandgraham.com.