The main image is courtesy of Picnic With Me, which showcases a Boho Style beach picnic.
From insect repellent blankets to portable campfires, new products are enabling friends and family to elevate the enjoyable aspects of outdoor entertaining traditions, while addressing many persistent annoyances.
Warmer weather means more opportunities for outdoor events, either daytime or nighttime. A sunny barbecue in your backyard or a nighttime beach party with tents and tiki torches are both a great way to embrace fresh air with friends and family.
Newer innovations, like insect repellent blankets and portable campfires, are helping to maintain picnic traditions (e.g. insect protection, lighting and warmth), while eliminating negative aspects of these same traditions (e.g. topical toxins from insect repellent spray, as well as inhaled toxins from smoke).
Here is a roundup of latest in outdoor products that will creatively enhance your fun and enjoyment – whether in your own yard, your neighbor’s, a nearby park, or somewhere off the beaten path!
Table of Contents
- Outdoor Popcorn Poppers
- Portable Picnic Tables
- Transformable Outdoor Seating
- Mobile Bar Carts
- Portable Speakers
- Tiki Torches
- Picnic Baskets
- Insect Repellent Blankets
- Portable Tents, Canopies & Cabanas
- Portable Campfires
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1. Outdoor Popcorn Popper
For movie night out on the lawn, build a campfire or use your grill or fire pit to make popcorn for a few or a lot of guests.
Great Northern Outdoor Campfire Popcorn Popper
2. Personalized Portable Picnic Table & Wine Carrier
This highly versatile personalized portable picnic table and wine carrier from Uncommon Goods is perfect for hosting an impromptu end-of-the-week private “happy hour”. You can conveniently carry your favorite bottle of wine and glasses to enjoy other areas of your property, down to your favorite park, or outdoor music venue with a handcrafted tote-table. The carrier can be set up to become a personal table for two, large enough for both wine and cheese, at the perfect height for a picnic blanket. The table comes with personalized engraving with your family name and a special date.
3. Transformable Outdoor Seating
From the team that created the popular Transformer Table comes Transformer Outdoor Living. These completely modular designs allow transformable design of your patio or backyard with sets that are available from 3 to 15 pieces. Create several small conversation areas, one large group seating, or private two person areas for more intimate seating.
4. Mobile Bar Carts
The most versatile and elegant refrigerated cart to grace your outdoor entertaining event is the Dometic MoBar S550 mobile bar cart. The LED-illuminated dual-zone refrigeration compartment has enough capacity for 39 bottles of wine. While the recessed ice basket can hold 22 bottles or 32 cans of chilled beverages.
The more affordable, entry-level version of Dometic’s line of mobile bars is the Dometic MoBar 50 S. We would love to see this model in a versatile “4-Wheel Off-Patio” rugged version, so that it could be easily wheeled around over grass and other non-paved portions of your backyard.
5. Portable Speakers
With so many options for portable outdoor speakers, you can choose from the powerful and durable Sonos Move or the Bose S1 Pro. Both Bluetooth-enabled products deliver quality sound streamed from a mobile device. From the lightweight Sonos at 6.6lbs to the more robust Bose at 15.7lbs, each delivers unparalleled audio for outdoors with 11 hours of battery life to keep the party going until dawn.
Bose S1 Pro Portable Bluetooth Speaker System
The Bose S1 Pro is a rugged, all-in-one system that can play streamed audio from a mobile device, supports a microphone, and even your favorite electric musical instrument. Its carry-handle makes it easy to bring nearly anywhere. With an optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery (sold separately), the S1 Pro can be used virtually anywhere, too.
With the Sonos Move portable speaker you can stream whatever music or audio you wish from your favorite streaming services, using it indoors or outdoors. The weather-resistant design, rechargeable battery, and wide soundstage deliver is ideally suited for outdoor listening.
6. Tiki Torches
For candle lit ambiance that repels insects, Tiki Torches, filled with citronella torch fuel, are the best way to provide a pest-free environment either day or night. Whether you choose rustic bamboo torches or modern sleek bronze colored brass, these torches give your event an inviting glow, while protecting against winged invaders.
VOLT’s 2-in-1 Tiki-Brass Torch Light in bronze can support both a real flame, as well as underneath area lighting (with a low-voltage transformer). Brass construction provides added durability & stability. These torches are perfect for “permanent” picnic areas like patios, decks and docks. The reservoir can be filled with citronella oil to repel insects.
What’s In The Box | VOLT® 2-in-1 Tiki-Brass Torch Light (Bronze)
- Tiki Torches from Legends Direct
- TIKI Brand Torches & Tabletop Products
- TIKI Citronella Torches from the Home Depot
7. Picnic Baskets
Peterboro Baskets makes just the right basket for your needs, be it a vintage picnic basket or picnic coolers, bread baskets, bicycle baskets and much more. All products are handcrafted as Peterboro Baskets have been since 1854: woven in the U.S.A., built to last, with American hardwood and all made-in-the-USA parts.
The Peterboro Traditional Picnic Basket is their most popular item handcrafted from Appalachian White Ash (the same hardwood that’s used for baseball bats), that will stand the test of time. The inside of the basket is custom-fitted with your choice of a green or blue gingham durable vinyl liner that wipes clean with a damp cloth. This basket is also a popular gift choice for weddings, anniversaries, housewarmings, and birthdays.
All basket are 25% Off through the month of May 2022, using coupon code MAY25.
More from Peterboro:
- Peterboro Original Large Bicycle Basket
- Peterboro New England Half Bushel Basket
- Peterboro Gardening Caddy
- All Picnic Basket Models
- Peterboro Best Sellers
8. Insect Repellent Blankets
A soft, lightweight blanket with built in technology to protect you from insects is finally EPA approved. Outer’s Bug Shield Blanket is made with recycled fibers and is treated with Insect Shield technology for long-lasting protection that will allow you to relax outdoors with relief from annoying flying insects.
- Insect Shield Protection Blanket
- Insect Repellent Wraps & Scarves
- Insect Repellent Tents
- Insect Repellent Clothing for Pets
9. Portable Tents, Canopies & Cabanas
Products like the LMNL Tent System from Diamond Brand allow you to “glamp” in style in your backyard, the woods or at the beach. Easy to pitch, customizable, modular and spacious, tents and canopies by Diamond Brand are durable, flexible, easily repairable and snap together for a quick shelter from sun or inclement weather.
Business & Pleasure also offers a wide range of portable cabanas, ideal for your backyard “beach” or the real thing. They are described as “big, beautiful and unbelievably easy to set up”. Classified as “luxury beach shade”, this can also serve as a stylish framework for a mobile backyard lounge. It also comes with a matching canvas carrier bag. For smaller and more flexible coverage, be sure to see their Premium Beach Tents. Their antique white tent is featured in the main image of this article.
- Portable Beach Tents from Business & Pleasure
- Pop-Up Canopies from Quik Shade
- Canopies & Shelters from Coleman
10. Portable Campfires
Portable campfires allow you to enjoy a fire safely, without the usual worries and hassles of a traditional fire, such as dwindling flames, hard-to-extinguish embers and unhealthy fumes. Radiate is one of several startups who offer a range of easy-to-use products for your portable fire needs. Radiate, in particular, has products in different sizes and scents tailored for camping, the backyard and tailgating. Their newest product can be used indoors.
Sites for Finding Additional Outdoor Entertaining Products
- Amish Baskets
- Business & Pleasure
- Hastingwood Basket Works
- Joanna’s Collections
- Peterboro Baskets
- Picnic Time
- Williams Sonoma Picnic Products
- Campfire Marshmallow Recipes
- Pop Up Picnic Grazing Boards
- Best of Etsy: 20 Must-Haves for the Perfect Vintage Picnic
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