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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Picnic in the Park

We had some beautiful weather on Sunday...which inspired me to pack a picnic basket and head off to a local park with Erik.

I brought one of my vintage tablecloths and white monogrammed napkins.
This picnic basket came from Pottery Barn some years ago. It was actually given to me by someone else. I believe they received it as a gift but didn't want it or never used it and "re-gifted" it to me!! I think it's so cute. It came with plates, silverware, two glasses, a bread board, cutting knife, and an all-purpose army-type knife that has a corkscrew, can opener, bottle opener and other little tools in it.
I also brought along two of my Goodwill plates that I bought last week for 49 cents. In keeping with my "cherry theme", I brought Stewart's Cherries n' Cream sodas to drink in addition to bottled water.
I packed some of Erik's and my favorite snackies; sweet red grapes, pickles, garlic-stuffed olives, and spreadable garlic and herb Rondele' cheese (with Triscuits for the cheese).
I also made tea sandwiches; pecan and cranberry chicken salad on cracked wheat bread. Erik has literally become obsessed with this chicken salad. He wants to eat it every day! We also had baby carrots to nosh on.
For a simple, no-fuss and easily packable dessert: Petit Ecolier cookies!!! I don't know which is my favorite cookie; these, or Biscoff cookies. I love them both equally well.
 We chose a park on the edge of town which part of the Fox River runs through. We found a spot near the water. We have come to this park before to walk the many trails in the woods here.


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I'll be linking up with A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday:
And also Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday:


Bella said...

Hi Katie, What a fabulous picnic:-) Love that basket... that is a very nice gift you'll always enjoy using!

LV said...

When you plan a picnic you do it in style. We never had things that nice. I enjoyed going along with you on this one through your lens. You have a nice blog and will join your friends as a follower.

vignette design said...

Great picnic photos.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Hi, Katie!!
Your picnic looks absolutely enchanting!! What a perfect way to spend a summer day!!
I wanted to tell you that I love the look of your blog. Your background with the roses is just beautiful!!

Julio said...

This is how you take a simple occasion and make it even more memorable. Beautiful picnic Katie. Bravo!!!!

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Your picnic looks picture perfect! Say that fast 5 times!LOL I've salvaged some wicker picnic baskets from thrift shops and can't wait to use it this summer. Thanks for the inspriational menu!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

I love picnics, and yours looks absolutely fabulous. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely picnic, thanks for sharing. The food sounds delicious!

Sharon Haynie said...

What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon! Love all those fun things you packed in the basket-the plates are darling! thanks for sharing with us today!

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Cabin and Cottage said...

Cheery and Lovely! Just what a picnic ought to be--Jacqueline

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

What an amazing picnic basket! LOVE those cherry plates, and they are perfect with your vintage linens. The food looks divine, too!

Barbara said...

What fun. I love that picnic basket. The plates are so cute.

Gail said...

I loved your cherry of a picnic. I have never seen the Stewart's Cherries and Cream soda. It was the perfect fit. I also posted a cherry theme tablescape this week. We must be on the same wavelength. Thank you for sharing your cute picnic.

Mimi said...

How sweet to take your hubby on a cherry themed picnic!

Bill said...

It would seem that the charming basket eventually found the correct owner. Your picnic sounds wonderful -- delicious food, lovely accessories, in a beautiful natural setting. Nicely done!

Atelier de Charo said...

Oh, what a picnic basket, all looks delicious!


Sherry said...

I opened my Victoria magazine today and there were cherries everywhere. I guess they are French? Your picnic looks like it came right out of the magazine. So pretty!

Johanna said...

What a charming picnic with all those nice accessoires. Love the silver napkin rings for picnic. Makes it so romantic.
Greetings, Johanna