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Weekend Life: Picnic Essentials Under $100

photos by Captured by Kate Photography

guest post written by McKay Norton

As the weather warms up and summer begins, escaping outdoors for a picnic is the perfect way to enjoy your weekend. Whether you’re looking for a casual family outing or a quiet setting for a romantic night out, picnics are an easy and fun way to experience a local park or beach.  Even if you’re no picnic connoisseur, there are three essential items to every picnic. See below for our picks for the perfect summer outing and enjoy these photos from Captured By Kate Photography.  
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1. Picnic Baskets

There are a wide range of receptacles that fit the bill for this category; from cooler bags to the classic wicker carry-all.

Straw Market Tote, (similar) $35 // Cooler Bags: Lemon Insulated Cooler Bag ($32) & Striped Cooler Bag ($35) // Wicker Picnic Baskets: Catalina ($49.95) & Picnic Time ($69.95) 

2. Picnic Blankets


Turkish towels are my go-to for picnics because they are so lightweight and roll up really small to be easily stashed into your basket, but these other options are so much fun, too!

Turkish towel, $32 // Round towel, $59.95 // Blanket with Handles, $62

3. Portable Plates

Fun plates are my favorite way to make any type of entertaining more fun!  Melamine plates like these are a great choice because they are lightweight and shatter proof.

Lulie Wallace Plates & Serveware, $6-$28 


Liz's Picnicking Outfit

Don't forget to dress for the Charleston heat! I always feel cool & comfy in a dress + a pair of Keds.  Make your picnic style your own and don't forget a hat!

Shirtdress: solid or gingham, $36-50 // Keds (similar), $ // Hey Y'all Bag by Beau & Ro, $158 // Neck Scarf (similar), $38

Happy Picnicking and if you live in Charleston, come by our shop (Cannonborough Collective) to shop Turkish towels & more in person!


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A Weekend in Charleston: Picnic the Right Way

Katie Charlotte Photography

Katie Charlotte Photography

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to style a picnic shoot by the editors at Sweet, for a feature on their Snapchat platform.  They asked me on a Thursday to make this happen the following Tuesday, but I was still pumped for the opportunity to be in charge of prop styling and feature my products! So I excitedly said yes, but also called in some favors to help make this happen.  I stopped by my go-to places for great products like West Elm & Open Door Shop, then convinced my talented intern Ashley of All Dressed Up to help me (on her week off!).  With my Turkish towels & hand towels as our picnic blanket and linens, Escape weekender bag, West Elm's fun plates and utensils, and Open Door's great SunnyLife products, somehow we pulled this together in a few days!  Check out the full feature "How to Picnic the Right Way" on Sweet and enjoy these detail shots Ashley took! 

Cheers to making every day feel more like the weekend!

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