My kids love going to picnics, but they can be quite exhausting since they often entail a lot of preparation. Shopping online saves me time and legwork, and makes it easy for me to find affordable items that add a dash of color and flair to any picnic set-up. Here are some of my amazing finds that help take away the “labor” from a Labor Day picnic!
1. Color block wooden utensils
Pastel color-blocked utensils give a fresh summery vibe
These wooden forks, spoons, and knives from Sucreshop on Etsy get their fresh, graphic look from the popular color blocking technique. Made of birch wood and hand-printed with non-toxic ink, these utensils are prettier and more eco-friendly than ordinary disposable plastic ones. The soft pastel hues are charming and perfect for perking up your appetite for delicious picnic fare.
2. Cloth napkins
Cloth napkins are sturdier than those made of paper
Paper napkins may be handy and inexpensive, but cloth napkins always add a graceful touch to any picnic. Also, they’re sturdier and better at protecting your clothes from splashes and spills.
These handmade cotton flannel napkins from GreenLittleNest on Etsy are a great find. The subtle yet interesting vintage yellow color and white crosshatch lines are a great way to soften and balance out the busier designs of other picnic paraphernalia.
3. Dinner plates
Disposable paper plates make cleaning up much easier
Disposable plates help keeps things simple and easy at a picnic. When buying paper plates, get creative and choose designs that add a festive and stylish feel to your outdoor feast. PlatesandNapkins.com offers disposable dinner plates with scores of patterns and designs to choose from. This colorful, dotted plate has a fun look and cool retro feel that everyone will appreciate. I also love these paper plates from Oriental Trading and The Tomkat Studio, which is one of my favorite party supply stores.
If you prefer your plates a little sturdier and more eco-friendly, this plate from bibelot, which I’ve also featured in my 4th of July picnic must-haves post, is a good alternative. It can be re-used hundreds of times without it warping or breaking. Although it’s priced slightly more than quality paper plates, it’s still a cost-effective option.
Use reusable plates to save money and to help preserve the environment
4. Picnic blanket
Settle on your preferred picnic spot with this hand-painted picnic blanket
This hand-painted picnic blanket from PBxH on Etsy instantly adds a fun, cheerful tone to your picnic. It has special waterproof backing that keeps you and your family dry and comfy even on damp grass. Acrylic paint is used for the colorful bunting design, so you can wash the blanket after the festivities.
Give summer a sunny send-off by having a fun and relaxing picnic on Labor Day. Whether it’s at the park or in your backyard, a Labor Day picnic is a fun way for families to cap off an eventful summer season. Look out for more great online finds, then come back and tell us all about your fabulous picnic picks.by