~The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, perfect weather for an Autumn picnic in the woods..~
When I was a young girl my mother would pack a picnic basket and along with a table top charcoal grill, would make brunch for my brother and I in the park by our home..Pancakes, sausage and home made bisquits warmed on the grill which we would smother with butter and jam were saveured and devoured. Sweet childhood memories I cherish..I have kept the picnic tradition going with my own girls. I so enjoy sitting on a blanket, talking, laughing, enjoying delicious food, and taking in natures beauty..
So when my fiancé and I planned an afternoon escape, I created a vintage inspired picnic basket for two for the occasion..The basket is a flea market find..I lined it with burlap and vintage lace..Vintage sheet music was used as whimsical placemats..The titles were so enchanting.."Lovely to Look At", "The One I Love" & "Autumn Leaves".A ball jar held dried Hydrangeas..Etched crystal goblets were a lovely way to sip the sparkling French Berry Lemonade from..The lemonade was displayed in an altered bottle I created ..The menu..Sweet apple and caramelized walnut chicken salad in croissants with a sweet vinaigrette , homemade garlic/onion potatoe chips & meringue cookies..I love something savory finished off with something sweet..It was a simple but elegant meal..The captures and details below highlight our outing..
The altered bottle to hold the French berry lemonade was a quick and easy creation..I wrapped a piece of corrugated cardboard around the bottle..I like to repurpose & recycle, and this was a perfect base to add a rustic look.I then began layering sheet music, vintage lace, and a dried rose..
A lovely book of poetry is embellished with vintage lace and a dried Ranunculus..
Layering quilts, pillows and pretty fabrics made for a comfortable & romantic setting..Enjoying delicious home made faire, spending time with the one I love amongst the changing trees,the birds, and the fresh air was a lovely way to spend an early autumn afternoon..
Be inspired to create a day like this for yourself and someone you love..Have a beautiful & romantic week..xo..Karen~