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Picnic season is here! Celebrate warm afternoons by transporting yourself to the closest park and kicking back solo or with a few friends as you take advantage of all that summer has to offer. But before you toss the essentials into an old shopping bag and call it a day, take a look at this list of products that will make your outdoor experience ultra Instagrammable and fun. Who says you can't picnic in style, after all? Best of all, you don't have to break the bank while pulling together fun finds. Everything shown here is $50 and below.
Kate Spade Rainbow Plaid Picnic Blanket
A cute picnic blanket is a no brainer, obviously. You'll want to choose one that's large enough to share with a friend or two and is also easy to pop into the wash.
Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Bottle
A reusable water bottle will serve you well all summer long and beyond. Fill it up with ice cold water and pop it into your tote before you head to the park, and you'll thank yourself later. Even if you plan to enjoy other beverages during your picnic, staying hydrated during the warm summer months is extra key! This one is pretty and on-trend enough that you may just want to incorporate it in your picnic flat lay.
Gatherfun Disposable 3-Ply Cocktail Napkins in Black and White Gingham (80 Pieces)
Adorable paper napkins are a must when dining outdoors. Pick some with a witty phrase (or go the ironically cheesy route, if that's more your thing) or opt for a fun gingham print that pays homage to the traditional checkered picnic blanket
Kordes Marble Cheese Board with Acacia Accent 12" Round
It can be fun to whip up a simple charcuterie board once you arrive to the park, whether you're planning to dine solo or are taking date night outdoors. In either case, a great cheeseboard is a must. This one will make even the most basic of arrangements look like a true work of art.
TJ Maxx Jute Wooden Handle Tote
You'll want a tote to haul all of your picnic essentials to and from the park, but why not think beyond the functional here and opt for a bag that's equally aesthetically pleasing? This one will look just as great if you choose to bring use it to grab coffee or run errands.
ban.do Go Outside Picnic Cooler Bag
You'll want to also bring an insulated bag with you to keep all of your drinks and snacks chilled before it's time to eat. This one couldn't be more summery and festive.
MyCamillaSunshine Personalized Pool Bag Water-Resistant Zipper Pouch
To keep essentials organized within your large tote, we like the idea of using a smaller pouch to hold necessary items like keys, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm, and the like. This one is brightly colored, making it easy to spot in a full bag, and it's water resistant, so there's no need to worry if any spills happen.
Dress Code: Unlocking Fashion from the New Look to Millennial Pink
No Instagrammable picnic setup is complete without an aesthetically pleasing book on display. This one, which is all about the history and significance of the fashion industry, will provide you with hours of entertainment as you lay back and relax. Its Insta-friendly cover is just a bonus.
Galison Wendy Gold Full Bloom Playing Card Sets
If you're picnicking with a few friends, you may wish to keep a deck of cards in your tote for a little extra entertainment. This deck will keep you occupied and is way more fun looking than your basic convenience store option.
Quintina Round Daisy Flower Sunglasses (3-Pack)
Novelty sunglasses make leisurely afternoons outside more fun and will liven up any photo. We're all about this daisy style three-pack, which you can share with your crew.
J. Crew Sorrento Thong Sandals in Tortoise
Fun flip-flops that you can easily kick off when you arrive to your picnic spot are a must. These are stylish enough that you'll want to snag a pic with them first, though!
oon. Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Aqua
What's an outdoor hangout without a good playlist? Blast your favorite summer tunes as you kick back in the sun thanks to this portable speaker that's pretty darn cute to boot.