Outdoor Table for Two + Link Party
June 13, 2011
Hello! I hope you had a lovely weekend, we sure did! I thought today the perfect day to share a few images from our anniversary picnic from last year. We were married on September 5th which is Labor Day weekend, so naturally we celebrate every year on that weekend as well. We decided to keep it close to home last year, so I thought rather than dinner at a local restaurant, why not style an elegant picnic right in the center of the Sonoma Plaza for just the two of us?
Here are a few scenes from our outdoor table for two.
The pleated tablecloth (layered over a simple folding table) I stitched out of a painter’s canvas. I love painter’s tarps for all sorts of projects, they’re inexpensive and can be used in so many ways, from their intended purpose as a drop cloth to drapes or even tablecloths like this one. The canvas adds a rustic texture and the pleats a flirty feminine detail, so pretty right?
Dinner was three courses, including an olive medley and local cheese plate served with warm sourdough, followed by farmer’s market greens and chilled tri tip as an entrée, then finished off with my homemade lemon tart.
Candle, bowl and napkins found last year at Anthropologie. Both of the dinner plate and salad/dessert plate are not ceramic, and get this, they’re indestructible. I discovered them in a local shop ~ they’re Le Cadeaux triple weight melamine.
I walked into a favorite local shop iLeoni and inquired about melamine plates for a picnic basket I was putting together for our anniversary. I was amazed when the owner pointed them out to me because I passed them by thinking they were ceramic, but no! They’re both sturdy and pretty, so I thought them the perfect plate to tuck into our picnic basket. If you love them too, you can buy them online, the yellow dinner plates are available here, and the rooster dessert plates here.
I assembled this collection of plates and napkins with every intention of our picnicking often and we have! I keep them tucked inside this vintage picnic basket I found at an antique store, ready to go whenever we feel the urge to head out on an adventure and dine outdoors. My little girl is now in the habit of grabbing the basket when we announce we’re on our way to have a picnic ~ it makes for a lovely memory for all of us and I plan to hand it down to her someday.
The Sonoma Plaza has grandfathered consumption laws, so it’s perfectly fine to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine under the trees as we did that evening. Yet another reason why you need to visit Sonoma someday, if you haven’t already!
It was really enchanting, people all around stopped by to admire the table and inquire about the reason for the formal outdoor picnic. Our reply was always “It’s our anniversary!” which was followed by smiles and congratulatory wishes.
I’m so happy to have finally had the chance to share this table with you! Who needs a fancy restaurant when you can create a romantic table right at your local park? I say just do it.
Create magic when the opportunity exists because life is too short not to. Be brave, take risks, carpe diem! Seize the moment and then make it special for your loved ones. Whether you choose to do it in a public plaza or your own backyard is up to you.
Do you have an inspiring picnic or BBQ idea you’d like to share? Link up friends, I can’t wait to see it !