Picnics make summer better! With Joslyn Castle as a backdrop to illustrate the point, we couldn’t help but recall “Downton Abbey” and those lavish picnics with servants carrying the silver and crystal along.

Our spread is a bit more down-to-earth, because who wants all that fuss?

Nothing should get in the way of a good time — whether it’s an impromptu picnic in the backyard or a standing outdoor concert date with friends. 

Here are a few essentials for entertaining yourself in style.

Basket, tote or cooler

  • Who What Wear straw tote, $34.99, Target
  • Waxed canvas Bordeaux Tote No. 503, $298, Artifact
  • A New Day backpack, $29.99, Target
  • Canvas Day Tote No. 103, $98, Artifact
  • Vacances thermal-lined cooler, $40, Spruce

Blanket, tablecloth, napkins

  • Threshold plaid blanket, $24.99, Target
  • Opal House boho throw, $34.99, Target
  • Firefly hand towel, $12, Spruce
  • Lemon print towel, $9.95, Williams Sonoma

Reusable containers + utensils 

  • Iznik melamine plates, $12.95 each, Williams Sonoma
  • Two’s Company “Finest Catch” bottle opener/corkscrew/knife, $20, Spruce
  • Threshold melamine bowls, $1.99 each, Target
  • Threshold shatterproof wine glasses, $1.99 each, Target


  • Charcuterie plates of meats, cheeses, olives, nuts, crackers and fruits. Assembled on site for easier transport.   


  • Mini bottles of wine, available in supermarket aisles
  • Corkcicle “Arctican” beverage can cooler, $19.95, Williams Sonoma
  • Corkcicle 25-ounce canteen, $37.95, Williams Sonoma
  • S’well “Marina” water bottle, $42, Spruce
  • S’well “The Original” water bottle, $45, Spruce

Tunes + games

  • Use your iPhone to create a playlist, or tune in to a favorite Pandora station.
  • Bring a book, game, bubbles or Frisbee to extend your time outdoors.

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Chris is a magazine and special sections editor for The World-Herald. She writes on lifestyle topics and trends, including interior design, travel and fashion. Follow her on Instagram @chrischristen and Twitter @cchristenOWH. Phone: 402-444-1094.

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