Dish Dish

Ready for a summer picnic? It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the breeze over an outdoor meal with friends. If you haven’t packed for a picnic in awhile, you might be wondering where you can stock up on essential items. Here are five supplies that will make your picnic a success.

1. Tubs of Southern staples

It’s not a true picnic without a few tubs of Southern staples like pimento cheese and chicken salad. Break out the cooler and load it up with your favorite sandwich spreads and sides. Don’t forget to store away a couple bottles of the cafe’s signature picnic punch.

The Picnic Cafe, 4320 Harding Pike, Nashville

2. Wicker basket

An old-fashioned picnic calls for a wicker basket stocked with utensils and napkins and space for other supplies. Just remember to save room for a blanket or two.

Dish Dish Goose, 2225 Bandywood Dr, Nashville

3. Drink rosé

For years, rosé has been the unofficial wine of summer. Due to its popularity, you can now find the pink drink in a can for easier travel.

West Meade Wine & Liquor Mart, 5402 Harding Pike, Nashville

4. The family pet

Don’t forget the family pet when packing the picnic basket. Spot’s Pet Supply has a couple options like a collapsible travel cup or a two-in-one water bottle and bowl with an attached container for treats.

Spot’s Pet Supply, 2105 Bandywood Dr, Nashville

5. Fancy drink cups

Not all picnics mean canned drinks or plastic cups. If you want to be fancy at the summer shindig, bring along a few copper mugs (they’re not just for Moscow Mules anymore) to keep your drinks chilled in the heat.

Hart Ace Hardware, 5304 Harding Pike, Nashville

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.

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