Monday, July 4, 2022

Fourth of July Picnic

I don’t know how you are planning to celebrate the Fourth of July, but because of the heat, I will be celebrating indoors. Whether indoors or out, a picnic is always a fun answer. There is nothing like relaxing on a blanket surrounded by colorful dishes, fragrant flowers, a glass of bubbly, and a wonderful meal topped off with a festive dessert that says party!

This red, white, and blue picnic display is in honor of the birth of our nation. It’s quite serendipitous how all of this came about. I was rummaging around in the belly of the beast (as I often do), and came upon this picnic basket that had been given to Mr. O-P and I as a wedding present back in 1995. I brought it upstairs, opened it up, and found it full of picnic items, most of which were more utilitarian than I generally opt for. When you consider every day a celebration, you generally don’t want to waste time on utilitarian.

I mentioned my find to friend and fellow blogger Alycia of Tablescapes at Table Twenty One, wherein she was reminded of a picnic basket of her own. As a consequence, I threw down the gauntlet and challenged her to create four different picnic displays between now and the same time next year, and I’ll do the same. Be sure to check her blog for her beautiful Fourth of July "yardscape," and to see what other magic she comes up with for her picnics. If you would like to play along, Amazon has quite an assortment of them; I am currently lusting after this one.

I took everything out of the basket, saved a few pieces, and donated the rest. Then I set to work turning what would probably have been an adequate picnic into a fun, rather romantic, and colorful one.

The fabric in this picture belonged to my mother. Patriotic yardage used as a backdrop she used to use as a table covering. The tablecloth beneath the basket is one that we used when I was a little girl to top picnic tables at the local park when we would have a picnic after swimming lessons. You can find something similar here.

I made a stack of red, white, and blue plates; the blue ones I found in an antique shop, and are actually a part of a children’s tea set, all in cobalt.

As luck would have it, my daughter-in-law is celebrating her birthday on the first of this month, so I had wrapped birthday gifts at the ready, conveniently in colors of our nation’s flag.

The flatware is from Target. The candlesticks are antique and to be used during those romantic nighttime picnics when sparks fly; the glassware Mikasa Park Lane.


Whatever you do to celebrate the Fourth make it colorful and spectacular!

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Linda said...

What a great find, Pattie! The table looks wonderful. Did you make those tarts?

Marie Smith said...

Such a pretty setting, again! Makes me want to celebrate today!

Alycia Nichols said...

Wait...what?!?!??!?! You still have a tablecloth from when you were a child??? Not that it was that long ago, but...WOW!!!!!!!!! That's amazing! I am trying to think off the top of my head what fabric items I might have in my possession from decades back, and I can' least not right away. That would be an interesting thing to research. This tablecloth fabric has held up remarkably well!

I ADORE how you put all of this together!!! It is beautiful and patriotic and fun all at once! When I think of a picnic, this is what comes to mind. And the cobalt plates are part of a child's tea set??? You just never know what might be put in to service to create a fabulous tablescape!

I really, really, REALLY like how you incorporated the gifts! Happy Birthday, America, and to your daughter-in-law!

Thanks again for the great challenge, Pattie! This was a lot of fun, and you did it up just right! Happy 4th!

Lana said...

Oh fun! I have a vintage basket with the woven sides and flip top lid with the two metal handles that needs to be used ASAP! We had little grandchildren here for the 4th so it was informal and fun.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Use that picnic basket, Lana! An indoor picnic can be great fun!