A tailgate picnic can have just as much flair as an indoor dinner party. The keys are embracing your environment, keeping food on the simple side, and layering color and texture. Bonus: no need to worry about ironing the tablecloth.


1. Laradacky serving board in walnut, $175 at laradacky.com   

2. Helle Norway Bleja folding knife, $239 at Ute Mountaineer, 201 S Galena St   

3. Winter Session waxed canvas knife roll, made to order, $250 at winter-session.com   

4. Klean Kanteen stainless-steel and silicone 32-ounce Insulated TKPro, $49.95 at kleankanteen.com   

5. Proximus paloma, $4.25 per can at El Jebeverage, 300 E Valley Rd, El Jebel   

6. GSI Outdoors Highland Drinking Glass, $7.95 at Ute Mountaineer   

7. Porter portable ceramic lunch bowl, $40 at Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop, 319 E Hopkins Ave   

8. Frico Lambrusco and Frizzante by Scarpetta, $2.97 per can at Four Dogs Fine Wine and Spirits, 350 Reed St, Basalt  

9. Union Stitch & Design napkins, $30 (set of four) at unionstitchanddesign.com

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