Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Charms of a Summertime Picnic

I'm ready to PIC-NIK!

Blackberries, Breeze,
Blankets, and Baskets.
Enjoying light food in an outdoor paradise...
On an old splintered table...
Beneath looming shade trees.


For this Father's Day we took a Sunday drive
to picnic in quiet and quaint Palisade, Colorado.


Palisade offers country charm...


...and Simple Pleasures.



I used plenty of little lanterns, old soda crates, fresh flowers, and my mom's vintage tablecloth to set the table.

The Menu for an American summer picnic:
Homemade Cold Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Sandwiches filled with cold cuts and veggies
Egg Salad sandwiches
Macaroni salad from the local deli
Fresh Melon Ball salad with a caramelized orange juice & ginger sauce
Tapioca pudding with fresh blackberries and whip cream
Layered Green Salad with homemade dressing
Homemade Chocolate Sheet cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting
Fun chips


Jars are an excellent way to hold picnic food! They transport easily and look much prettier than tupperware. It's a simple way to add beauty to the table and still keep it functional.

Tapioca Pudding with fresh blackberries
and whip cream

Jars and candles...

Salad works well in larger cracker jars.


I made a caramelized orange juice and ginger sauce
for the fresh Melon Ball salad.

This was Skyler and Kotah's favorite part...
kids love anything served in sundae cups!


Egg Salad sandwiches paired with
homemade cold Buttermilk Fried Chicken
is perfect on a hot June day.

Extra napkins required for fried food!


Titus is saying " I'm hungry mama" as usual...





I made both a french wheat sandwich loaf
and a plain french sandwich loaf
to accommodate ALL eaters! {wink}
Wrapping each sandwich individually
in parchment paper
gives it that extra special restaurant style touch!

Target sells special variety chips
when you're wanting something more unique than Doritos.

I used mini buckets for individual beverage icers

to keep drinks super cold.

Rich food works when it's Homemade Chocolate sheet cake
with cream cheese chocolate frosting.


The "necessities" are hidden in an old coke crate.
Wipes for messy fingers and lotion samples to smell sweet after the meal is done.

These adorable polka dotted napkins
were perfect tied with twine.

Papergood placesettings can be pretty too...
which makes me a happy girl!

And the kids thought a blanket worked better than a table...

Forget a park playground...
The guys enjoyed horseshoes while the LADIES prepped lunch.

and some kickball too.





Picnics give delight to little hearts
who want room to run
,

they give peace to older hearts
who need an escape
from the fast food lines,

and they give joy to the families who gather around the splintered tables to celebrate life.




Day is done.







This post is linked to: Centsational Girl,


Today's Creative Blog, Tasty Tuesday,
Foodie Friday, Tickled Pink,Lovin It, Inspired By, Strut your Stuff, Show Off Your Stuff, Tablescape Thursday, Show and Share Day, Show and Tell, Spotlight Yourself, Works for Me Wednesday ,Weekend Wrap Up DIY Day


75 comments:

Kirsty said...

Wowsers! You outdid even your ever-creative and brilliant self. That is gorgeous, gorgeous. Should be in a magazine gorgeous. It shows so much love and thought and care. You are a gem. I'm sure your family feels very blessed.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lisa, not only wat that a fabulous picnic (the attention to detail was amazing and SO cute), but you outdid yourself with the commentary. Perfect! A+

Loved this. I felt as if I had lunch with you at that splintered table. Oh, that reminds me of my childhood!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Leanne said...

Oh my gosh Lisa! Will you cater my next picnic? The presentation is unbelieveably beautiful and what yummy food. I love the idea of the salads in the big jars. I'm sure your family appreciated everything so much. What a wonderful day!

Kate said...

Wow Lisa

I am completely and utterly speechless!!! You sure have the event planner genes in you girl. What a spread of creativity. Have a terrific week. Love the photos of your sweet boys the most.

Love and blessings
Kate

Mystica said...

The food looks gorgeous and the settings are fabulous. Love the photos.

jess @ pen n' paperflowers said...

SUCH a lovely picnic. I'm in LOVE. I'm so glad you left a comment on my blog so that I could find you. Would you mind me sharing this on my FB fan page? Let me know. Everything is SO beautiful - the details are gorgeous. This is MY kind of picnic!!

Meghan said...

I just found your blog yesterday & immediately became a follower.

This is so darn cute.
You are so creative.
I just love it!

Off to find more drool worthy ideas & inspiration on your blog.

Kim said...

Lisa, I'm so glad you directed me over here, this looks so inviting. I wish I was there! The displays are beautiful, the food looks wonderful...

Kim said...

I posted this to my old up-line's FB page, as well as, the LB FB page. I hope it gets you some extra hits.

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

What a great picnic! You gave me some great ideas (as you always do). Using jars to hold individual portions is ingenious, plus it looks great. Thanks for inspiring me, once again!

Best wishes,
Tammy

Rebecca said...

Thats what i call a picnic! Wow!

The Taffs said...

I have never seen a more beautiful picnic! It put all others to shame!

Traci said...

That looks FABULOUS!!!!

laterg8r said...

hands down, the best picnic i have ever seen!!! :D

portatoredichrist said...

The best picnic I have ever been too. Not only was the scenery and company perfect, the food was amazing. Good Job Lissy!

Shaunna said...

YUM. MY. Oh my goodness...that looks fabulous and how thoughtful were all the touches you included? What a special father's day! -shaunna :)

Happy Nester said...

I love a good picnic & yours looks wonderful. Everything looks yummy.

Tracey said...

So impressive! Beautiful setting, wonderful food, gorgeous pictures! Impeccably done!

LambAround said...

WOW! You pack an insanely gorgeous picnic. Even the cleanup photo is lovely!
*Sigh!* We're in for a hot, blustery night here in Albuquerque. I don't think there are any picnics in my near future.

My post for Mom Sexy Prom 2010 is up! Come to the prom with me: http://lambaround.blogspot.com

jess @ pen n' paperflowers said...

Officially posted on my FB fan page...http://www.facebook.com/pnpflowers?ref=nf
Thanks for giving me permission to share...it's LOVELY!

Sharnel said...

What a gorgeous picnic!
x

Chris said...

What a magical afternoon. Thanks for sharing.

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

I just adore how you've used canning jars of various sizes to transport your picnic goodies. Great idea and it looks nice too. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

Jessica Loukota Leimback said...

What a gorgeous picnic!! I don't think anyone could forget that day!! Did all the food get eaten? It looked like you made enough for 50 people :)

Cabin and Cottage said...

This is one swell picnic! Lovely, homey, vintage, yummy, and smart! Jacqueline

Kathleen Grace said...

Gorgeous picnic! You have inspired me to pack up the hamper and make something beautiful and special for my sweetie:>)

once in a blue moon... said...

that was so fun, loved every bite, your presentation was fantastic! heavu sigh of contentment~

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

This is just absolutely gorgeous! Your lucky family! What a great picnic you made and so many wonderful details!

Donna

Nina Diane said...

wow...I want to go on your next picnic!

Chris @ Celebrations At Home said...

Wow, this is wonderful!! Thanks for sharing the link! I love the bottles in the small buckets ;)

Barbara said...

What a perfect day! I love all the little touches that you added. It made everything so special. I love using those little canning jars for so many things.

Sandra said...

Not sure if you know about it, but The City Cradle is hosting Celebrate Picnic Month. You should definitely enter your picnic in the contest! It is so cute!

www.thecitycradle.com

Bill said...

I think I forgot to breathe as I scrolled down through your gorgeous images, reading the delicious details of your wonderful menu. Each of the objects you included contributed something very special to this unbelievably perfect picnic!

If there were a Tablescape Thursday "Best of Show" award, I think you should receive it this week. Superb post!

Regards,
Bill

Mimi said...

What is there about a picnic that makes everything look and taste so much better! There is nothing better than an old fashioned picnic.

Ranelle said...

Fabulous ideas. You are so correct - sandwiches wrapped in parchment paper, utensils snuggly surrounded by a napkin and ribbon, dessert served in a jar, candles in little lanterns - all of these touches add up to one special time. Great job on making your loved ones feel LOVED.

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Wow! Lots of fabulous and creative ideas here! I love all the nice touches that really make this picnic special. Great idea to use jars to pack the food in and small individual buckets to keep drinks cold. Awesome!!!

Atelier de Charo said...

All looks delicious, fabulous ideas for a great picnic!

Hugs
Charo

Jane said...

An amazing spread! I know everyone enjoyed the variety of foods. Your presentation truly capped off the wonderful food...
I always say food tastes even better when presented in a lovely way...

I miss going on picnics...seems like our weekends are so filled there is little time for this pleasure. I'll just have to change that!!! The beach is calling.....

Jane (artfully graced)

Heidi said...

Everything looks just perfect, Martha S. would be proud of you for sure! The food sounds delicious, too.
I loved going on picnics when I was little. We don't do it much anymore, because where we live eating on the deck feels like a picnic every time!
From your pics I can see you made some little (and big :)!) boys very happy!
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

Kelly said...

Wow - you think of everything. Those jars are too sweet, and I love the coke crate. Everything is just perfect.

Also, love the melon balls!

Pumpkin Tart said...

The tapioca and blackberries in the mason jars is positively inspired!
I'm your newest follower from the Tickled Pink hop, by the way!

-Andrea
PumpkinTart

Kristen Andrews said...

wow that is simply beautiful!

Adrienne said...

This seriously makes me want to plan a big picnic! Everything looks amazing! I'm interested in the fried chicken recipe if you want to share. Mmmmmm....Stopping by form Holly's tickled pink hop. :)

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Wow! This is just gorgeous and filled with so many wonderful ideas! I am soooo copying;)!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Andrea said...

Looks delicious! Jars for dessert...Love it!
http://www.inspired2cook.com/

Lynn said...

Your picnic looks amazing! Have you seen the Food in Jars website? http://www.foodinjars.com/
You should go visit and tell her about your jar picnic post and see if maybe she'll link to it. :) Makes me want to put together a picnic, right now! Or maybe just come join you on yours.

the lovely paper blog said...

love this picnic!!! it makes me want to have one. i also love the idea of putting food in the jars--i see them all the time at the thrift store! i guess i'll go buy some!

thanks for all the beautiful pictures!

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

What an absolutely perfect picnic...love the individual ice buckets.

~jan said...

Lisa, Such a lovely blog!! I love your pictures and presentation of all things. I especially love your wording and beautiful use of alliteration - you should be a poet.

~jan

Manuela@TPOH said...

That chicken is making me hungry and I had a huge hamburger for lunch! But everything looks so tasty and pretty! The jars do look sooo much nicer than tupperware. Your setting and presentation are just beautiful!

Manuela

Strawberryblush said...

Lisa that just looks amazing. You are so super cool!

Kristin said...

That is about the most amazing picnic that I've ever seen. That friend chicken looks delectable!

Holly said...

That is a picnic out of a storybook. Lovely locale, lovely menu...it all looks amazing! I want to go on a picnic tomorrow. Thanks for linking up. This tickles me pink for sure! Did I already say AMAZING!

La Maison Reid said...

That is PEFECTION in a picnic. You need to go to Food TV and do a show on this. And how adorable are your kids who seem to be enjoying it? You put lots of time and love into this one. Thanks.
Nancy

Michelle said...

You are so creative! I love your ideas. I never thought about dressing up a picnic. It looks great!

Liz said...

~Hi Lisa~

WOW, your picnic looked WONDERFUL! You really have a knack for turning a regular outing into a fine dining experience. Everything looked exquisitely done
....to perfection! I am very impressed. You have an amazing talent! =)

Thanks for commenting on my blog! *smiles*

XO ~Liz

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

I wish my hubby would go on picnics with me -- you know how to throw a picnic for sure!!!

Becca said...

Wow, pretty awesome, Lisa! Everything looked like something I would read in a magazine!

Melissa Miller said...

WOWEEE!!! Lisa this pretty picnic setting and the food are truly amazing looking sweet friend! You are so good at setting up neat ideas for gatherings. Your food sounds so good I'm actually starving now. *Smiles*

Yum-O!!!! ~Melissa :)

Diana said...

Awesome picnic! I love all the clever ideas.

Jil Echols said...

Amazing Picnic! Great ideas!

Karla @ {The Classy Woman} said...

Awesome Picnic!! I love the idea of using the glass jars instead of tupperware-no BPA either! ;)

Thank you so much for following and stopping by to leave a comment on my blog yesterday. Your sweet words made my day!

Warmly,
Karla

Jenny said...

I am a little late on checking up with your blog :-(

I love all of your ideas - they are fabulous!!!

Tapioca pudding always reminds me of my Mother - whenever I wasn't feeling well she would make some for me and that tapioca pudding with blackberries and cream looks soooooooo good!!!!!!

Lisa said...

Wow Lisa! The parchment-wrapped sandwiches? The glass sundae cups? You are the next Martha Stewart - what attention to detail you have! Love your ideas for kicking the picnic up a notch! Thanks for sharing!!

LillyB said...

Great Blog!! I loved all of your ideas!!
Happy 4th of July!
Lilly

Kathie Meyer said...

Oops! I posted in the wrong spot. Can you tell I am a rookie?

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Thanks again for sharing!

Kendra@My Insanity said...

What a beautiful, old-fashioned picnic! I want to come!

once in a blue moon said...

love love LOVED your picnic, its all about the details :)

Cookielady said...

Too cool for words! Using the jars has got to be the best idea ever. So precious.

Krystal Wight Armstrong said...
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Krystal Wight Armstrong said...

I Love picnics but just don't get to enjoy them enough here in Hot-hot Texas. Yours was SO Dreamy! I'm kindof curious how you got it all there, could it have possibly fit in the one basket in the 1st photo? I'd love to see how you did the transport, or if it just took several different baskets, etc. And where might one find the large glass salad/melon jars? Speaking of, your food looked delicious; do you have recipes you'd be willing to share for the butter-milk chicken, and OJ Ginger sauce...that sounds particularly intriguing! I've never heard of it before.
Thanks for letting me ask all those questions. I just found your blog via someone else's via Pinterest. Thanks for sharing & happy Week!
Andrew-and-Krystal.blogspot.com

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