Pool Parties and Picnics

With reservations hard to snag and lingering pandemic safety concerns, outdoor gatherings have never been more popular. “Picnics are the restaurants of Covid,” says Ti Martin, co-owner of Picnic Provisions & Whiskey in New Orleans. Nationwide, there’s been a surge in the demand for picnic baskets, blankets, and coolers. New business opportunities preparing pre-made gourmet baskets and staging luxe pop-up picnics on Hamptons beaches or in fields of lavender abound. Whether you’re grilling a burger poolside, indulging in lobster rolls and rosé or planning a feast that rivals Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe, here are a few items to get you started.

Sunbathe In Comfort Posh Marella teak chaise, customizable cushions and cabana stripe towel.
Chaise $2,499 to $3,879, towel $59. frontgate.com
Double Duty Cooler Double insulated compartment cooler bag with waterproof lining.
So roomy the bottom will hold up to 4 bottles of wine. $110. food52.com
Picnic On A Blanket Roll up printed fleece picnic blanket with waterproof lining underneath.
Easy to carry with a sturdy handle and removable shoulder strap. $110. food52.com
Split Personality Adjustable coffee table with extendable tabletop that raises 11 inches to transform it into a party cooler. $103.99. wayfair.com
Indestructible Chill Acrylic drinkware. $3.95 for single glass, $47.40 for set of 12. CB2.com
Casual Poolside Snacking Café folding table $699, 4 stackable chairs $599. frontgate.com
Lazing In The Pool Floats every which way.
Floats from $69 to $129. frontgate.com