Wednesday, August 12, 2009

vintage summer picnic

my friend, sarah, and i have had this picnic in the works for a couple of months now.  we picked the perfect spot, a secluded area in a local park, and worked on all the details to create a perfect picnic!  everything turned out so good, the weather was great, the food was delicious, the kids ran around, and the adults got to hang out and relax...a recipe for a great picnic. :)

vintage summer picnic...this theme was inspired by a vintage table cloth lot sarah had bought recently.  
i created the chalkboard ;)  i can't get enough of 'em!
the hosts :)  sarah and myself
we set out two tables: one with drinks and goodies and the other with dinner
let's start with the goodie table :)
drinks included pink lemonade, tropical iced tea, and raspberry lemonade

we decided mason jars would make the perfect cups..and they did.  i decorated them up individually and then they were a keepsake to take home.
sarah made these adorable frames to label everything.  and then each girl got to take one home as a little favor to place a picture from the picnic in :)

no shortage of sweets here ;)
i found the cutest pink and white naturally i dipped them in chocolate and made them into pops :)

sugar cookies and banana bread...yum :)
no event is complete without cupcakes!
and aren't gerbers the perfect summer flower?

the kids had a blast hanging out and running around...not to mention indulging in all the treats!
we had a game section set up for the kids..from hula hoops and a bean bag toss to bubbles and kite flying!
one more look at the table since i have completely messed up all of my html haha ;)
 i sewed the bean bags out of vintage inspired material :)

the grill master :)  thanks jason!
we used these buckets filled with ice to keep the salads, etc. cold until we were ready to serve dinner
3 of my greatest friends, sarah, maria and you girlies! it was so great to be able to spend the day with them!
my husband, who enjoyed every minute of wheeling down our "load" of necessities multiple times..haha!  thanks hon! :)
my family :)

the bean bag toss
the dinner table
bubbles!...time to eat!!
sarah and jason made the greatest salad, and placed them into individual containers and attached ribbons
i was so excited when i found these cute plates!  and i wrapped the silverware in pink and white striped napkins, and cut up a leftover wrapping paper roll to use as napkin rings.  environmentally friendly, right? ;) ( i saw the idea in better homes and gardens magazine!)
summer essentials :)
chicken kabobs w/dip and potato skins..mmmm!
chicken salad and rolls to make sandwiches

funny little story: i had found the big blue and green vases at homegoods a little while back and thought they would be perfect for the i bought them and hurried and told sarah when i got home.  she had found the little green and blue vases that day too at a thrift store!!  how crazy is that?!  talk about the same wavelength and perfect coordination! haha!  gotta love it! :)
we used these red baskets for the kiddos.
sarah and kelsie :)
true picnic style.  we laid out blankets and had everyone bring chairs.
organizing a game of hide and seek ;)
ella and lily enjoyed helping themselves to lemonade over and over again..haha!

there were races..
and lots of laughs!
did i mention laughs? ;)
and lots of fun!
and sillyness ;)
who needs shoes when you can run barefoot through the park?  that would be ella's mentality ;)

baby love.  sarah captured these adorable pictures.  they were so cute flirting with each other and giving kisses.  so sweet.
we can't wait to start planning our fall festivities...stay tuned! :)


Kati said...

Wow looks like you guys had a great time! As usual, amazing details! :)

PB∧Janelle-e said...

Looks like a blast!! Cant wait for the fall one! :)

Le Quaintrelle said...

when was this?!

Genn said...

Wow! Now that's a picnic! Fun time.

Genn said...

Wow! Now that's a picnic! Fun time.

Genn said...

Wow! Now that's a picnic! Fun time.

Genn said...

Wow! Now that's a picnic! Fun time.

Genn said...

Wow! Now that's a picnic! Fun time.

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sarah said...

im so glad you got these up ! who knows when i will get a chance to post mine lol! i think it turned out great it was so much fun! just as we imagined! till next time....

PB∧Janelle-e said...

Ok those do not look blue!!! I am checking again to see if I am losing it!! :)

Pinks the new Blue said...

so cute looked like you guys had s great time.

Brenda said...

what a beautiful day. I just loved all the yummy goodness that you all ate. Makes me want to throw one for the end of summer.

lisalyn said...

I love this party! So many many great things to see. I think I have a tablecloth just like one in your picture! :)
The chalkboard is so pretty too.

Brandi said...

Love this post! I'm currently designing a Picnic Theme printable party collection and looking for some inspiration. Thanks for sharing, this is an adorable party.

Christina said...

That is a great idea! So Cute!
I was wondering where you purchased your straws?

jessica said...

i bought the straws at target in their seasonal section :)

Diar said...

Love those simple-yet-cool water dispenser! Can't find any in my place in Indonesia.