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Lakeside Living’s Guide to Packing a Perfect Wisconsin Picnic

When it’s summer in the Northwoods, we hardly need an excuse to pack a gorgeous picnic and enjoy it by (or on!) the lake. With the 4th of July coming up, we’ll take the excuse anyway!

Here’s a fun guide and quick checklist to the perfect Wisconsin picnic, for the upcoming holiday or any other beautiful day this season…

1. Best Picnic Blanket for a Dry, Comfy, and Colorful Seat

A wet backside can ruin a picnic nearly as quickly as bugs, so you’ll want a blanket that’s up to the task. (And some high-quality insect repellent, too.) 

We Love… Textillery Weavers Sunbrella High Performance Indoor Outdoor Blankets. They’re great at preventing soak-through. Plus, they’re machine washable (three cheers!) and resist sun and mildew damage. What more could we ask for?

2. Virtually Indestructible Outdoor Dishware Options

When you’re dining outdoors, using glass dishware can be a risk, BUT opting for paper plates is a good way to squeeze in an afternoon run… chasing your dishware all the way down the shore. We have a better solution.

We Love… melamine picnic plates and unbreakable wine glasses from Le Cadeaux! Not only are these options heavy enough to defy most winds, they’re also easy to clean and come in many lakeside picnic-worthy styles!

3. Classy & Creative Cleanup

When it comes to cleanup, not having a kitchen sink handy can require a little creativity. The solution: cloth napkins. They’re less likely to blow away in the wind or shred in your hands, and they’re much better at keeping those hands and faces clean. Plus, they add to the look.

We Love… any cloth napkin will do, but sometimes a colorful cotton kitchen towel works best.

Quick note: A travel-sized bottle of hand-sanitizer won’t go amiss here either, especially if you apply insect repellent or take a dip in the lake pre-picnic… two things you probably don’t want to ingest!

4. Best Food and Wine Ideas for Your Lakeside Picnic

Some things you probably do want to ingest…

  • Fresh fruits
  • Variety of cheeses (no shortage of great options in this beautiful state)
  • Artisan breads from a local bakery
  • Assorted crackers
  • Smoked meats or salmon
  • Wine!

We Love… the Wine Barn in Manitowish Waters. Fantastic options, and they can help you pair your wine selection with the cheeses you’re bringing!

5. A Final Touch to Create Your Picnic’s Ambiance

Part of the fun of a picnic is having it look like a picnic. You have the blanket and cloth napkins, the dishware, the food… Now you just need a mason jar to display some fresh flowers! 

Trust us, whoever is accompanying you on this picnic will be more than impressed by this simple but creative touch! Enjoy. 🙂


Lakeside Living’s Printable Checklist of Picnic Essentials

  • Blanket in high-performance fabric
  • Melamine plates and/or bowls
  • Plastic or metal silverware
  • Unbreakable wine glasses
  • Cloth napkins
  • Hand-sanitizer
  • Insect repellent
  • Fruits
  • Cheeses
  • Artisan breads
  • Assorted crackers
  • Smoked fish or meat
  • Wine!
  • Mason jar(s)
  • Wildflowers

Looking to find some picnic essentials? Stop by Lakeside Living today or give us a call!


Our Favorite American-Made Furniture & Decor for Your Home

With the 4th of July right around the corner here, I thought we’d say Happy Birthday to the good ol’ USA! 

This month we’re featuring some of our favorite products and some fun facts about their American makers. 

Ready to see what the folks of our great nation have been up to over the last 100 years? Here we go!

American-Made Furniture

The beautiful handcrafted bed, dining table, chairs, and porch swing below come from Old Hickory Furniture. They were established in 1899 (!) in Central Indiana and use only sustainable resources. Good for the country and the planet!

Norwalk Furniture, established in 1902 in Norwalk, Ohio manufactured this timeless sofa, swivel tub chair, and cocktail ottoman. 

Fun fact: This company halted production during WWII, instead using their manufacturing facility to create jungle hammocks, foot lockers, and grenade boxes!

Lloyd Flanders is a quality name in outdoor woven furniture… and they got their start not too far away, in Menominee, MI in 1909! Their furniture is still to this day produced in the same facility where they first started. That’s 110 years of history!


Glassware Made in the U.S.A.

These precious pieces were made by Rolf Glassware, a company established in 1981 by an immigrant family who moved from Germany to Western Pennsylvania!

Soaps & Lotions Made in America

Relaxing and invigorating soaps and shea butter lotions from Greenwich Bay Trading Company, founded in 1962 in Raleigh, NC.

Shea butter soaps and soothing candles, compliments of Michel Design Works… mmmm….

Which brings me to…


Designed & Manufactured by Lakeside Living!

That’s right, we design and manufacture our own furniture and accessories right here in Manitowish Waters! 

We gave new life to an old favorite with this reupholstered armchair.


Custom-designed fish for the sportsman in your home!

If you have time to stop by before or after your lakeside festivities, we’d be delighted to meet you and show you around!

Until then, have a Happy 4th and we’ll see you on the lake!

— Lakeside Living Design 

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5 Lake Home Trends We’ve Brought Back to WI

We just returned from another trip to market! This one was in Atlanta, and yes, we got up to our usual shenanigans while on the road—uncontrollable laughter, plenty of oohs and ahhs, and of course, bringing items back to our store for you!