The Chic Picnic: 
Where Summer meets sustainable style

Obakki Summer Picnic

Everyone loves a picnic – from renaissance painters to teddy bears. With our help, set the stage for your outdoor meal with fabulous style – under the stars, at the beach or in your own backyard. Summer is made for picnics and food just tastes better outside, doesn’t it? So grab a blanket and a straw tote with some simple snacks and head outside—with good friends or even just a good book. 

PICNIC WOVEN PALM TOTE BAG

Ditch The Old-Fashioned Picnic Basket

Turn in that old-fashioned picnic basket for a handwoven tote – just make sure it’s large enough to hold everything – your blanket, your glassware (yes, real glass), your plates and cutlery, if required. It’s really a lot simpler to just bring finger foods but it depends on how ambitious you are feeling. Use a thermal bag to carry anything that needs to stay cold (did someone say champagne?) and a second tote for items like bread and condiments. Oh yes, we’re going all out to make this a picnic to remember. We’ll show you how to set the mood with elegant touches that set the scene.

Structured Palm Tote | S Bags
Structured Palm Tote | S Bags
Structured Palm Tote | S Bags
Structured Palm Tote | S Bags Black
Structured Palm Tote | S Bags
Structured Palm Tote | S Bags Palm
Structured Palm Tote | S Bags
Structured Palm Tote | S Bags
Structured Palm Tote | S Bags
Structured Palm Tote | S Bags
Structured Palm Tote | S Bags
Structured Palm Tote | S Bags Black
Structured Palm Tote | S Bags
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Structured Palm Tote | S Bags
Structured Palm Tote | S Bags

Structured Palm Tote | S

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Structured Palm Tote | L Bags
Structured Palm Tote | L Bags
Structured Palm Tote | L Bags
Structured Palm Tote | L Bags Palm
Structured Palm Tote | L Bags Black
Structured Palm Tote | L Bags
Structured Palm Tote | L Bags
Structured Palm Tote | L Bags
Structured Palm Tote | L Bags Palm
Structured Palm Tote | L Bags Black

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Make it Easy on Yourself

Choose foods that can be prepared in advance, so all you need to do on picnic day is pack it up, grab your hat and enjoy your day. Make a couple of special summer dishes yourself the day before – dishes you can serve at room temperature – and fill in the blanks with cheese, olives, veggies and a fresh baguette. Keep your food simple – and locally sourced. Pre-pack food (and accessories) that don’t need refrigeration. 

Use Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers elevate everything and are an unexpected detail at a picnic. Remember, you’re setting a scene. Even just a single blossom in a bud vase works – or you could go for the summer bouquet in a larger vase. Bring water for the vase in a closed container and assemble it onsite.

Vase Tete | Champagne Accents + Decor Yellow
Vase Tete | Champagne Accents + Decor
Vase Tete | Champagne Accents + Decor
Vase Tete | Champagne Accents + Decor Yellow
Vase Tete | Champagne Accents + Decor
Vase Tete | Champagne Accents + Decor

Vase Tete | Champagne

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Piccola Vase | Smoke Accents + Decor Smoke
Piccola Vase | Smoke Accents + Decor
Piccola Vase | Smoke Accents + Decor Smoke
Piccola Vase | Smoke Accents + Decor

Piccola Vase | Smoke

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Real Glassware, Dinnerware and Cutlery

Nothing deflates a special occasion like plastic glasses, paper plates (yes, even the biodegradable ones) and plastic cutlery. Use real glassware – our Italian borosilicate glass is highly durable (not to mention highly elegant). Use ceramic plates and real cutlery. And don’t forget the wooden Charcuterie board for the olives and cheese. Set your picnic places as though you were having a casual but elegant dinner party. 

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Sand Luisa Vino | Set of 2 Glassware
Sand Luisa Vino | Set of 2 Glassware
Sand Luisa Vino | Set of 2 Glassware
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Sand Luisa Vino | Set of 2 Glassware
Sand Luisa Vino | Set of 2 Glassware
Sand Luisa Vino | Set of 2 Glassware

Sand Luisa Vino | Set of 2

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Your Blank Canvas

What could be more elegant than a picnic under the stars? As our days get shorter, don’t despair – turn this into a plus for your picnic. Scatter some battery-operated twinkle lights around your blanket as dusk falls, and bring along a candle or two. Just make sure you have some sturdy candleholders like our cast iron candle stands from Japan. They are particularly suited to settings like this with their solid construction. And take along our vegan sumac candles with hollow wicks to provide an ethereal glow to your evening. (But all the normal rules still apply – never leave a candle unattended.)

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4" Totem Candles | Set of 5

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4" Sumac Candle Gift Set

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Don’t forget the Music and the Mood

All it takes is your phone and a small portable speaker. And barring a portable speaker, put your phone inside a large glass or a small open container, as long as it has smooth walls, the sound will amplify. Another great mood setter is incense – we often ignore our sense of smell, but it can be a powerful tool. Our Japanese incense is a smokeless, sustainable incense with subtle, calming scents – perfect for an enchanted afternoon or evening picnic. Pair with our best-selling Australian incense burner

Sawayaka Hinoki Incense Incense
Sawayaka Hinoki Incense Incense
Sawayaka Hinoki Incense Incense
Sawayaka Hinoki Incense Incense
Sawayaka Hinoki Incense Incense Cypress
Sawayaka Hinoki Incense Incense
Sawayaka Hinoki Incense Incense
Sawayaka Hinoki Incense Incense
Sawayaka Hinoki Incense Incense
Sawayaka Hinoki Incense Incense Cypress

Sawayaka Hinoki Incense

$165.00
Kayuragi Sandalwood Incense Incense
Kayuragi Sandalwood Incense Incense
Kayuragi Sandalwood Incense Incense
Kayuragi Sandalwood Incense Incense
Kayuragi Sandalwood Incense Incense
Kayuragi Sandalwood Incense Incense Sandalwood
Kayuragi Sandalwood Incense Incense
Kayuragi Sandalwood Incense Incense
Kayuragi Sandalwood Incense Incense
Kayuragi Sandalwood Incense Incense
Kayuragi Sandalwood Incense Incense
Kayuragi Sandalwood Incense Incense Sandalwood

Kayuragi Sandalwood Incense

$22.00

‘Tis the season – for outdoor dining and it’s time to get those picnics happening. The summer won’t last forever, you know. But if you seize that sunny day, your summer memories just might. 

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