Plastic Forks? Yuck!

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Michael Kraus

Just because you're sitting on the ground doesn't mean you can't dine in style. You simply need to bring the right gear.

  • Blanket One side is a soft faux suede; the other, waterproof plastic. Made by Picnic at Ascot. 800/305-1271, wickerandwine.com, $37
  • Basket Reisenthel's European market tote bag has a lightweight aluminum frame and folds flat. 800/243-0852, surlatable.com, $30
  • Wine Tote One of the latest designs from Built NY. Thick neoprene protects and insulates the bottles. builtny.com, $19, no phone orders
  • Chiller Not only can Vacu Vin's Rapid Ice Instant Wine Coolers chill bottles in minutes, they can also keep them cold for up to three hours. 800/356-8466, wineenthusiast.com, $12
  • Cutting Board Crate and Barrel's polypropylene mats are sold in sets of four. 800/967-6696, crateandbarrel.com, $13
  • Knife Opinel's folding knife has a hardwood handle and a steel blade that locks into place with a safety ring. 800/338-6799, knifecenter.com, $13
  • Glasses The plastic stems unscrew and snap into the bowl. By GSI Outdoors. 888/226-7667, campmor.com, $5
  • Tableware Orikaso's origami-inspired plates and bowls fold flat when not in use. 888/463-6367, ems.com, from $6
  • Corkscrew Designed by Alessandro Mendini for Alessi, the Parrot is also available in green and black. 212/849-8355, cooperhewittshop.org, $49
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