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With smart, stylish accessories, even a sandwich in the park feels like a break from routine. Here, a few things from our summer wish list, all selected with eating, drinking, and relaxing under blue (or starry) skies in mind.
Hit the deck with this cotton sailor-knot trivet and your table will weather hot plates just fine.
By Mystic Knotwork, 11", $26, ebay.com/americanmade
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This two-in-one gold-rimmed ceramic bowl adds a special-occasion spin to any picnic while saving packing time: Use it to rinse—and serve—berries.
7" by 3 1/2", $128, robertsiegelstudio.com
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Made in France specifically for picnics, these sets of acrylic utensils are très jolie and dishwasher-safe.
By Sabre Paris, $20 for 2 forks or spoons, poketo.com
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The Handsome, Rugged Type
Industrial stitching and water-repellent nylon make these utility blankets a must when you’re roughing it. They endure torrential picnic spills, too.
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Not only are they less tipsy than stemmed styles, but these tumblers are light and shatterproof.
By Martha Stewart Collection, $25 for 4, macys.com
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Even a heat wave is no sweat with this stainless steel über-cooler. It holds 85 twelve-ounce cans and keeps them cold for about four days.
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They’re not granite but light and steely enamelware—in a pretty pastel palette, no less.
$130 for a set of 5, barnlightelectric.com
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A life preserver for tablets, this case floats if dropped into water, so your device, sealed inside, stays high and dry.
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Candle in the Wind
Summer breezes won’t dampen the mood lighting when you light this cylindrical ceramic lantern.
6" by 9", $30, cb2.com