Life's a Picnic
NO WET BOTTOMS
Picnic Time Siesta blanket is waterproof and converts to a handy tote. Features a sturdy waterproof nylon exterior with a soft acrylic fleece interior. Two built-in inflatable pillows. Easy to carry adjustable shoulder strap with a large zippered pocket. In hunter green and navy. $40.00 at Rocky Mountain Baskets and Gifts, 1675 W. Redstone Center Drive, Suite 120. 655.3344, www.rockymountainbaskets.com.
Why not bring your own bugs? Mary Meyer finger puppets are a delight for all occasions. Stop by The Spotted Frog Bookstore and check out a great assortment of Bugs Knucklehead finger puppets, $3.98 each. 1635 W. Redstone Center Drive, Suite 115. 575.2665.
COMMUNE IN COMFORT
Tired of bugs buzzing and biting while playing in the great outdoors? Try this revolutionary Buzz Off insect repellent apparel for kids, made by Ex Officio. Hat priced at $15.00, shirt at $44.00 Also offers sun protection. Available at Jans Mountain Outfitters, 1600 Park Avenue, 649.4949 or 513 Main Street, 655.3032. www.jans.com.
NO MORE CRYING OVER SPILLED WINE!
Developed out of the frustration of spilling wine while picnicking, SteadySticks are the answer. Push into the ground almost anywhere and enjoy spill-free outdoor wining and dining. In stainless steel. Bottle holder priced at $25.00, glass holders at $23.00. Available at The Art of Wine, 1400 Snow Creek Drive (Dan’s shopping center). 655.WINE, firstname.lastname@example.org.
PICNICKING IS BACK
Backpack that is! Picnic at Ascot is a new era of outdoor style. Made with thermal shield insulation, a rugged 600 denier polyester canvas exterior, thermal regulating hot/cold shield, high density closed cell foam and a reflective moisture barrier waterproof lining. Available at No Place Like Home in their new location at 1685 Bonanza Drive, 649.9700. $85.00 complete with dinnerware for two.
Hot beverages are a must on cool summer evenings. Paisley Pomegranate has a lovely selection of thermoses in plaid wicker (red, green and orange), polka dots and stripes. Featured in House Beautiful and Oprah magazines. $19.95 for the small thermos (pictured here); $21.95 for the medium. 1743 W. Redstone Drive, Suite 105. 575.0300.