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Modern Picnic Essentials

Take dinner outdoors with handmade cutlery cases, dead-stock fabric blankets and reusable sandwich bags

by Julie Wolfson in Food + Drink on 20 August 2010

While nothing beats a vintage picnic set for the kitsch value, when we head to the park to eat, we more often find ourselves tucking an old tablecloth into a tote and rifling through last night's takeout bag for plastic cutlery. Below we highlight a few ways to class up your outdoor dining supplies with some favorite finds from Etsy.

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Sewn Natural sews vintage fabrics into blankets with a cotton flannel fill for a cushy and stylish spread. Handmade with a durable denim lining makes the price worth it and convenient straps keep it bundled for easy toting when on the go. Prices span $115 to $205 depending on the pattern.

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Gone are the days of brittle plastic disposable silverware and paper napkins floating away in the wind. NstarStudio offers handcrafted cases for carrying all your cutlery essentials. The urban picnic roll-up comes in a wide variety of colorways for $25.

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Finally a strategy for getting rid of plastic bags in the picnic basket. WasteNotSaks makes reusable sandwich bags with a cotton fabric exterior and a food-safe washable nylon interior. Each handmade sandwich and snack bag has a Velcro closure and sells for about $7.

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