The Prettiest Quilts and Blankets for Picnicking in the Park, at the Beach, or in Your Own Backyard
Casual, al fresco dining never looked better.
These days, we're all spending less (if any) time at restaurants and sharing more meals inside our homes—but that doesn't mean that you can't go out to eat. Outdoors, that is. While spending every lunch and dinner around the dining room table has undoubtedly been a silver lining of stay-at-home restrictions (we wouldn't trade time with family for the world), eating at the same spot for three months in a row probably feels a touch monotonous. Luckily, expanding your horizons isn't difficult to do—all you have to do is step outside.
While this may be a warm-weather season unlike any other, it can still feel special, so long as you get a little creative. If al fresco dining has been a main component of your summers in the past, consider working in a few picnics to recreate the experience at home. Planning the ultimate outdoor meal is essential (think charcuterie, fancy finger sandwiches, and cold-as-it-gets rosé), but how you serve it is just as important. Like with indoor dining, the same rules apply for picnics—crafting a special setup only elevates the meal (even if it's just Wednesday lunch).
To help you do so, we rounded up some of the prettiest picnic blankets and quilts on the market. Think of these colorful linens as tablecloths and use them as the foundation of your on-the-ground tablescape, then build from there. Stock up on some colorful acrylic wine glasses, pull out your favorite napkins, and hang some bistro lights. Sure, it's not your favorite sidewalk restaurant, but it'll get you pretty close.
It doesn't get more classic than this red-and-white plaid quilt. Part of Martha's exclusive bedding collection at Macys, the blanket also makes the ultimate picnic companion.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Buffalo Plaid Yarn Dye Quilt, from $160, macys.com.
After your picnic, wipe this blanket's primrose blossom-covered side dry and fold it back into its carrier. Thanks to an exterior zip pocket, top-carry handle, and adjustable shoulder strap, it's really that easy.
Shop Now: Little Unicorn Outdoor Blanket in Primrose Patch, $60, www.nordstrom.com.
Land and Sea
Though this blanket, woven from Turkish cotton, was designed for use by the sea, it works just as well on land (it's beachy qualities, like next-level absorbency, actually make it more equipped for picnics). It features hand-tied tassels and a striped pattern, so it could double as a great decorative throw, too.
Shop Now: Brooklinen Hammam Beach Blanket, $65, brooklinen.com.
This wool roll-up blanket (it's the ultimate choice for a fall picnic) has a water-resistant nylon back that you can simply wipe clean post-meal; with convenient handles, you can take this option anywhere.
Shop Now: Pendleton Roll-Up Blanket, $149, pendleton-usa.com.
Eating on this striped beauty? Be sure to snap a few pictures of your outdoor feast—the classic pattern is the perfect backdrop.
Shop Now: Onia Striped Linen Beach Blanket in Red, $95, modaoperandi.com.
Water-resistant on both sides, this citrus-covered option is perfect for beach trips—or breakfasting on a dewy ground. Its UV coating will also protect the designs from fading in the sun over time, and its orange pattern is perfect for the warmer weather.
Shop Now: Society6 Orange Grove Picnic Blanket, $79.20, society6.com.
Cozy and Patterned
This water-resistant picnic mat easily folds up into a case with a handle, making it easy to carry. Choose one of three fun prints (we're partial to the Khaki colorway, which is covered in whimsical botanicals) for your next picnic.
Shop Now: Mountain Warehouse Patterned Picnic Mat in Khaki, $18, mountainwarehouse.com.