Saturday in the Park

Saturday in the Park

A few years back, my husband and I decided to venture out to a local park for its Summer Concert Series.  I had a little blanket and a cooler bag filled with snacks and a beverage for each of us.  As we picked our little parcel of space on the grass, I took a quick glance around.  Our amateur status among picnickers was clear.  As we sat there, the professionals rolled in.  Wagons filled high with provisions were being unpacked, folding tables were set up, wine bottles were opened, and not one of the professionals sat on the actual ground!  We were WAY out of our league.

From that point on, I made it my mission to make our picnicking more glamorous.  Thankfully, this can be accomplished without spending too much time or money.  Most likely, you have a lot of these items around your home that can be put to use, and if not, a quick trip to Target will get you on track!

Below are some of our “Professional Picnic” must-haves. You can also check out our segment on Better Connecticut:


Seating Poufs

Elephant Bolster Pillows

Picnic basket

Lanterns from Dollar Spot, similar item here:  glass lantern

Stemless wine glasses

Wooden Utensils from Dollar Spot, another fun option here:  glitter cutlery

Folding Table

Throw rug

Cooler bag

Bed Bath & Beyond:

Striped Pillows

Travel picnic blanket

Bamboo Food Tent

“All Terrain Coaster” (this link is to Amazon, but we found similar in store at Bed Bath & Beyond)



Dip Bowls

Striped tumblers



Battery Operated “Tennis Racket” Bug Zapper  (we got ours at Christmas Tree Shops, but this one is very similar)


Fish bottle opener

To haul all of your picnic must haves, try a good old fashioned wagon such as one of these:

Folding wagon

Steel and wood wagon

We also wanted to show our readers these two tables, which we thought would be fantastic additions to your picnic gear:

Portable folding picnic table

Table in a bag

Whether with family, friends, or even as a date night in the back yard, picnicking can be a great way to enjoy good company and nice weather.  Keep a wagon packed with your goods, add your food and drinks, and you’re ready to go.  Screw top wine bottles, or single serve wines in cans, cork popping champagne, and beer in a can make it so easy to serve drinks with no tools…and quick and easy snacks such as nuts, cheese and crackers, and a sweet treat round out your spread.  Don’t forget to pack water, wet wipes, and a lightweight blanket.  Before you know it, you will be one with nature, enjoying your “Saturday in the Park”, glam picnic style!

Enjoy, friends!


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