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7 Must-Have Picnic Accessories

Have you ever longed for a picnicking experience like you see on TV or in the movies? Do other people's picnics always look more interesting than your own? Much like throwing the perfect dinner party, picnicking is an art. Here are key picnic accessories that are must-haves to ensure your gathering is top-notch.

The Perfect Blanket: A picnic blanket not only defines your space, but sets the tone just as a table cloth would. You want something that's chic and decorative, but practical as well.

To Buy: SewnNatural $140

Mood Music: Set the tone with the right tunes. You'll want a portable device that's small and wireless. We love the beats pill because it packs loud sound in a small and easy to use device.

To Buy: Beats by Dre $200

Protect Your Guests: Nothing kills the mood of a picnic quite like a bug invasion. Keep your space free from critters with a natural DEET free repellent. It's also nice to have sunscreen available for anyone who forgot to apply before they left the house. Your guests will be grateful. My favorite picks? Babyganics mineral-based sunscreen and natural insect repellent and California Baby bug repellent spray.

Picnic Cooler: An insulated cooler is necessary for cold beverages and perishable foods. This eye-catching red cooler is complete with its own built-in bottle opener and carrying handle.

To Buy: Crate and Barrel $70

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Picnic Basket: We love a nostalgic wicker picnic basket. This one is a custom made DIY basket that is functional and patriotic. For the complete how-to, visit Fave Crafts.

Adult Games: Bocce ball is fun and easy to learn. Get a little friendly competition together amongst the adults. Invest in this set and you'll use it for years to come.

To Buy: Crate and Barrel $150

Kid Play: This adorable croquet set comes with a storage bag for easy travel. Bring it to your next picnic to keep the little ones busy and focused.

To Buy: Land of Nod $39

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