How to Create an Elegant Picnic

How to Create an Elegant Picnic

Hey Friends! I’m so glad that you are here. How is your summer going? We have had extreme heat here in the Pacific Northwest, which is pretty unusual for us. Don’t you just love eating outside in the summer? Me, too. I am going to show you how I created an elegant picnic in our pasture.

Doesn’t this make your heart so happy?

Recently, I bought a lovely vintage picnic table at my favorite local vintage market. It is a chippy green picnic table and has matching benches. We decided that we were going to put it in the pasture next to our play structure, to give the adults someplace to sit while the kids played.

The hot pink really pops against the green backdrop.

Well, seeing this gorgeous old table in the pasture up against the tall grass got my mind swirling. I knew that I had to create a beautiful tablescape in this wonderful setting. I had an event a couple of years ago where I used hot pink tablecloths. I had several of them, so I cut them up and made a long table runner and some napkins.

I tucked fresh chives into the ribbon tied around the napkin.

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I had just found these gorgeous floral salad plates(get similar plates here.) and I knew that they would be perfect with the hot pink runner and napkins, that we so perfect with the chippy picnic table, that was so perfect in the pasture. If you have followed me for any amount of time, you know how much I love my Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage plates and I use them any chance that I can get. I layered a Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Charger, a gold rimmed dinner plate that just sticks out between the caggae plates, then I added a Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage dinner plate, topped with the floral salad plate. I tied a hot pink gingham ribbon around the cloth napkin and tucked in some fresh chive blooms.

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Aren’t these vintage bee hive salt and papper shakers the cutest?

I used the silverware that we got for a wedding present from our grandmother. The gold rimmed champagne flutes and compotes are from Arte Italica. And, of course, I just had to add a birds nest under a vintage cloche.

I adore topiaries and I tuck them in everywhere,

I had so much fun shopping my home for fun things to add to this tablescape. I love topiaries (here is another cute option for a topiary)and birds and I have them all over my home. These were perfect for this tablescape. Although, most of what I used in this tablescape is vintage, you can get new items with a similar look. Get a wood picnic table here

Our sweet little Chloe just had to be a part of this tablesetting. She did such a great job for this photoshoot.
I love this combination of items, it makes my heart smile,

I used two matching vintage silver candleabras in the center of the table, one I put atop of a vintage book for added height. I put some stunning pink peonies in a crystal vase next to a bird on a vintage silver footed compote and tucked in some faux artichokes and a cut glass “diamond” for some sparkle.

I had so much fun creating this elegant picnic in the pasture. I hope that you enjoyed seeing it and that it inspires you to create a fun tablesetting out in your yard as well. If you do, please send me pics, I would love to see it.

See more tablescapes here, here, here, here and here.

Hugs and blessings to you,


Leslie Watkins

Wednesday 14th of July 2021

I am always up for a picnic! Spontaneous or planned. Yours is beautiful, my friend. Always love those cabbage plates and what a sweet salt and pepper set. Love all of your finds!