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Essentials 5 October 2021

Up Your Picnic Game With These Easy Essentials

Our top 6 must-haves for your time on the lawn.

After a brutal winter full of lockdowns and dreary weather, picnic season is finally here! With the promise of longer days and sunnier skies, it’s time to roll out the picnic blanket, pop the champagne and put together your most outrageous charcuterie board for an afternoon of fun with friends at your local park. Whether you’re a veteran or new to the picnic game, there are a few essentials you’ll need to ensure you have the best possible time parkside.


Words By Eliza Sears

Baskets & Bags

An excellent picnic basket is at the top of our list, not only a practical addition to any picnic as we return to the simple experience of lounging on the lawn and chatting for hours on end.

The right basket or bag can have the power to bring up feelings of nostalgia.

Undoubtedly many of us remember picnics of the past.

While they probably look a bit different to today – less alcohol, more teddies, there’s no denying picnics are about as wholesome as it gets.

For keeping all your goodies fresh, an insulated bag is the way to go.

We love Gorman’s ‘Go Native’ wine cooler, featuring the exclusive Tom Abbiss Smith x Gorman print in green and tote style strap; you can simply sling it over your shoulder and head out the door.

But if you love the idea of a classic wicker style basket, Salt & Pepper’s gingham clad basket is our choice.

With an insulated pocket, cutlery, plates and wine glasses, you’ll be taking outdoor dining to the next level.

Gorman Go Native Wine Cooler, was $49 now $39.20, Gorman

Picnic Blankets

When it comes to sitting on the ground, a picnic blanket is an absolute must.

The best blankets offer a level of water resistance, with the addition of a plastic backing ensuring you stay dry no matter how dewy the grass underfoot is.

While practicality is a consideration, but the look and feel of a blanket are equally important. After all, if you didn’t post your aesthetically pleasing outing to the park, did it happen?

If you’re looking for a modern take on the traditional plaid rug, look no further than Rubi.

Having taken on our new love of all things outdoor dining Rubi has a wide selection of rugs.

Our favourite is their checkered picnic blanket, in warm oranges and pinks; it’s truly a showstopper and will undoubtedly be the envy of the park.

If boho chic is more your style, Hendeer’s penny lane woven rug is just what you’re looking for. This versatile rug can be used in the park at the beach or proudly displayed on the wall.

Made from organic cotton and recycled plastics, this floral beauty is everything we ever wanted in a picnic blanket.

Rubi Picnic Blanket, was $19.99 now $13.99, Cotton On

Tech Accessories

For many of us, our first real catch up with friends after months of lockdowns will be a picnic; this long-awaited catch up will likely stretch into hours, after which our phones will probably be running low on charge.

We’ll get to the end of the night go to order an Uber or perhaps some cheeky takeaway to be met with a black screen.

Save yourself the dread of a dead phone and keep a fully charged battery pack in your back pocket, just in case.

Design Letters ‘smile’ power bank has good vibes written all over it. Not only is this charger super cute, but it holds a whopping six hours of charge time.

While at home gatherings remain off the cards, there’s no stopping you from setting the mood at the park.

Broadcast your finest picnic playlist through a portable speaker.

Like the picnic rug, waterproof is the way to go – weather this time of year is notoriously unpredictable.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 dominates the speaker game, and it’s easy to see why.

It’s super compact, waterproof and has excellent sound quality and long-lasting charge, making it easy to take on all your adventures.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Just Peach Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $129, Myer

Dresses

There’s no official dress code for a picnic, but a flowy dress is usually the way to go.

The act of picnicking is cottage core, to the core, so a cottage core dress is the vibe we’re going for.

If, like us, you have an affinity for all things gingham, you’ve likely fallen victim to the ‘you’ve come dressed as a table cloth’ comment at one point. But here at Monde, we encourage you to embrace the table cloth.

Farm Rio‘s colour block midi cover-up with a deep V-neck and tie at the waist for a cinched-in silhouette in dreamy pink, green, yellow combo we adore.

Sticking to linens, we love AERE‘s cut out mini linen dress. Keeping sustainability and comfort front of mind, Aere specialises in all things linen, and they’re bloody good at it too.

This effortlessly cool dress is the perfect throw on for hot days and muggy nights. Puff sleeves and cheeky cutouts, yes, please!

Pair with your favourite sneakers or chunky sandals and you’re good to go.

Farm Rio Picnic Colorblock Cover-Up, $248.34, Saks Fifth Avenue

Hats

Sun protection is vital all year round – SPF every day, but as we spend more time outdoors, a little extra won’t hurt. It’s usually this time of year that you reach for the fake tan.

After months in hibernation hidden from the UV rays, our skin can look worryingly fluorescent.

And while it can be tempting to get a natural glow going, avoiding sun damage remains the number one priority; remember your skincare routine!

These days, bucket hats and wide brim hats are usually the styles on offer, and we’ll happily accept – no sunburn here thankyou.

If mixing two trends interests you, the Rubi Kimberley crochet hat is the way to go.

The broad brim hat is made one hundred per cent out of paper, making it super easy to crumple down into your bag and whip out as soon as you need.

Made from recycled polyester to help divert plastics from ending up in landfill, Ganni‘s bucket hat in plaid not only looks good but does good too.

Ganni Recycled Polyester Bucket Hat, $145, Ganni

Games

Games are a crucial part of the picnic experience.

Whether you’re catching up with friends, our gathering with family a good game of bocce, cornhole or even cards are bound to improve your day on the lawn and have you organising another picnic, same time and place the following week.

There’s a near-endless supply of games on the market with everything from old favourite tic tac toe to badminton all available in travel version, so you can easily carry them from the car to the park or down the street to your nearest stretch of grass.

If, like many of us, you’ve spent the last year scrolling the FYP on TikTok, ‘what do you meme: Aussie edition’ will be right up your alley and have you in fits of laughter in no time.

For those keen to get up and about, a good old fashioned game of quoits is our recommendation.

Jack Tars Locker Quoit Ringtoss Game, $220, Etsy