Summer has arrived and it’s time to dine al fresco as much as possible before the snow flies again. Here are a few great products to get you started.

Set up your posh picnic this summer with the Deluxe Picnic Basket from Lee Valley Tools, and brighten any picnic with a Le Jacquard Français Beach Towel from Inspirati Fine Linens.

Ambia Citronella Mosquito/Insect Repellent Candle Bucket

Citronella Candles from Canadian Tire

No matter how highbrow your next outdoor gathering may be, there’s no paying off the mosquitos! And if an unlucky mosquito magnet is on your guest list, they’ll be most appreciative if you are armed with mosquito-fighting tools. Chemical sprays and other dubious products abound, but a citronella candle is one of the most reliable, safe and nice-smelling options there is. We love Canadian Tire just on principle, and they carry a well-priced selection of mosquito battling products, including these cute little candles in buckets in an assortment of colours.

Ambia Citronella Mosquito/Insect Repellent Candle Bucket | Canadian Tire | $9.99 |