Here’s What You Need to Have More Dinners Outside with Your Family

It's all about alfresco dining this summer and fall.

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August 04, 2020
By: Amanda Mushro

Photo By: Imgorthand

Pack Up for Your Next Outdoor Dining Experience

There’s still plenty of summer to enjoy. So, instead of eating dinner inside, switch things up by taking meals outdoors. Whether it’s in your backyard, a park, playground or beach, try eating alfresco and create fun summer memories. Before you head out the door, here are a few things that will make the experience a little easier.

Backpack Picnic

Serve up a delicious meal for four with ease. This picnic basket has large, insulated food compartments, table wear, flat wear and even a bamboo chopping board and wine glasses—all you need to supply is the food.

BUY IT: Amazon, $100

Ice Cream Storage

What sweet treat goes perfectly with every meal? Ice cream, of course! This insulated stainless-steel ice cream container will keep all of your chilled treats frozen, so you can enjoy the warm weather with no fear of a sticky, melted mess.

BUY IT: Williams Sonoma, $40

Outdoor Dinnerware

If you aren’t in the mood to eat off of paper plates, grab a set of eco-friendly, outdoor dinnerware. This set is perfect for outdoor dining, is easy to clean, and there’s no need to worry about someone dropping a plate because they’re incredibly durable. Plus, they look really stylish.

BUY IT: Amazon, $40

Insulated Tumbler

No matter what you pour into these tumblers—water, wine or juice—it will stay ice cold. Plus, there’s no need to worry about breaking a glass if someone drops a cup. Grab a few so everyone has their favorite color.

BUY IT: Amazon, $10


Make sure you have a picnic blanket that is big enough for everyone to have their own space. This four-person blanket is waterproof, comes in fun designs and folds up so it can be carried easily.

BUY IT: Amazon, $30

Portable Umbrella

No need to cancel your outdoor dinner plans because there isn’t any shade. This portable umbrella attaches to just about anything—a chair, cooler or a fence–so you can have instant shade no matter where you dine.

BUY IT: Amazon, $20

Portable Highchair

Eating outside with little ones can be difficult. However, this portable high chair makes dining outside with your baby or toddler a breeze. The chair is easy to pack, easy to set up and makes it easy to keep your little one happy while everyone eats.

BUY IT: Amazon, $27

Cooler with Wheels

Take your dinner anywhere with a cooler on wheels. It’s got multiple pockets and a handle so no matter what you pack, transportation is effortless.

BUY IT: Target, $50

Food Tents

No need to share your food with all of nature. Grab a set of these tents to keep your food bug-free. They’re easy to pack and, when you pop them on top of your food, unwanted guests stay out.

BUY IT: Amazon, $13

Food Containers

Make packing up meals easy with these divided food containers. They are reusable, easy to pack and serving everyone outside is simplified.

BUY IT: Target, $3

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