Monday, June 7, 2010

It's Picnic Time - Are You Ready To Go?

It's the time of year when I yearn for picnics.   Packing a picnic lunch and then finding just the right place to spread everything out, makes for a fun way to spend the day.  There are as many ways to enjoy dining
Al Fresco as your imagination can dream up.  Your spread can be as casual or as elegant as you'd like.   Here are a few ideas to spark your creativity.

A soft spot of grass under a stand of shady trees would make for a romantic getaway for two.

A blanket and several soft, plump pillows makes any spot idea for a relaxing meal.   Watching the clouds or indulging in a good book will make the afternoon that much sweeter.

Fill a wicker hamper and bring along some wooden chairs and a nice soft rug for a Vintage feel.  Horseback riding would be a perfect ending.

image by cotedetexas

For a family size gathering, the picnic table is much more traditional.  Sandwiches wrapped in colorful paper make for a pretty and tasty display.

Michael at Designs by Gollum has a great idea for serving a salad in a beautiful glass jar and paired with sandwiches and watermelon makes for an easy and tasty picnic lunch.  You can check out her entire post here.

B.J. at Sweet Nothings has indoor picnics with her Grandkiddies.  I'm always on the lookout for fun things to do with my Grandbabes and I think this is an excellent idea and B.J. makes it special with style.  You can check out her entire post here

Whether you pack your picnic in a cardboard box, plastic clothes hamper or a pretty wicker hamper, remember that the most important thing in having a successful picnic is to keep it simple, do it with style and have fun. 

All The Best,
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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'm not much for outdoor picnics myself {the bug issue}, but I have had indoor picnics when my kids were younger. I'd do it during the winter months, just when you think you can't stand winter anymore. It was fun and different, and we even sat on a quilt on the floor.

Diana@DevineDesigns said...

Love the first two pics . . . great idea of bringing pillows! I love dining alfresco - it's just so wonderful to be outside feeling the warm breeze. I like to make it special - "looking" nice sets up the entire experience.

Julie Harward said...

O SO love picnic's...and all these images are so lovely! Makes me want to go right now! Come say hi :D

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I love a picnic if it isn't too hot and if the bugs stay home:) These are great picnics..ours are never this fancy!

southerninspiration said...

That is a stylin' picnic, my friend! How beatiful!


Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Glad you stopped by...I am working on pictures right now....I would not make a good long distance Grammy either...I see at least one of mine every day....a must

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Anita!
You are so right! A picnic sounds truly wonderful right now with this gorgeous weather. I just adore the salad in the pretty jar. What a neat idea! Lovely photos!

Thank you very much for your kind visit to my blog. I really appreciate it and that you are following along as well. You're always welcome anytime sweet friend! I just adore your beautiful blog and will be back again soon. It's very warm and welcoming and I love that.

Have a wonderfullly blessed day.
Warmly, ~Melissa :)

Libby Murphy said...

Such glamour at the picnic! We picnic on the deck a lot and avoid the grass and bugs. . . but once a year our symphony has performs outside and everyone takes blankets, tents, lawn chairs -whatever suits their fancy and over 2,500 people picnic under the stars and listen to music!
Happy Twirls

Shana said...

I love picnics and hope to do a few this summer.
Thanks for coming on over to my blog!! Come back ANYtime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Grandma Nina said...

Hi Anita,
Thanks so much for stopping by my place for a visit. It's so nice to meet you. I feel as though we have a lot in common.
Your picnic pictures are very inspirational. These were some great picnic ideas.
I love you blog. I'll be visiting again.
I hope you get a chance to stop back and pay me a visit soon.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Oh how I love outdoor picnics! It's just me and hubby at home now that our kiddos are raised, but we still have an occasional picnic together. I love being out in nature, so picnics are right up my alley.

Your photos are lovely. Are these your personal photos or where did you find them?

Thank you Anita for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. It is so nice to meet you. You are indeed blessed to have your grandchildren living so close to you. I would give anything to have mine closer by.

Lee Ann

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Oh and I forgot to tell you that I am now following your blog and thank you so much for putting my giveaway onto your side bar. I am thrilled.

Smiling big,
Lee Ann

Shana said...

Hey thanks so much. You are so sweet!!
I am following you too, of course!!!!!!!!

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Congratulations Anita! Your name was picked as the WINNER of my GIVEAWAY...
Email me your mailing info so I can get the watercolor note cards out to you pronto!

Lee Ann

Jenglamgirl said...

Hi Anita~ Sorry its been so long, forgive me. I am finding it harder to keep up with my larsenloves blog and now my craft blog...

These picnic pics. are amazing. I adore them. I want to pack a special picnic now. I love the wrapped sandwhices (spelling) All of it screams summer love. Thanks for the inspiration, and thanks for your recent visit. NIGHT~ jENN

bj said...

Hi...I was away, sailing to Alaska, when you posted this. Thanks so much for including my humble photo. You are so kind.
Now, I am wanting to do an outside picnic...just like the one you are showing with the horses in the background. JUST STUNNING!!
xo bj