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Downtown Picnic

by on Jun.04, 2012, under Food & Cocktails, Parties & Gatherings


Newspaper is a practical, cheap material that doubles as a cutesy, no-frills gift wrap… for those of us who never, ever seem to have gift wrap.

Bonus: Newswrapper is also a genius, rustic way to bundle sandwiches for an afternoon picnic.

And when you’re done eating, just unfurl the wrapper for timely, entertaining reading material. (If your sandwich was juicy, you should probably skip this part.)

Don’t you love finding newish ways to repurpose items you already have in the house?

I live for it.

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A Sunday Picnic

by on Jun.23, 2011, under Food & Cocktails, Parties & Gatherings

Last Sunday, a few friends and I gathered for a leisurely, snacky picnic.

I called it our “Fatherless Day” picnic, because only children of deceased or absent dads were invited. Sounds morbid, but it was uplifting and cathartic; like an outdoor therapy session with lots of bubbly.

Our small group trekked to Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula and set up shop on the picnic grounds.

We chomped on cheese, crackers, pasta salad and chocolates, and told stories about our papas.

I had every intention of laying out a picnic blanket and lounging on blades of grass, but as soon as we laid the blanket down, hundreds of leafhoppers and other itchy insects started picnicking with us. Ick!

We didn’t want to battle jumpy pests all afternoon, so we relocated to a nearby table. This was difficult for me, since I had grand visions of a decadent, ground-level picnic.

Alas, I settled for a table-and-chairs picnic.

Bonus: The chairs made perfect anchors for the bunting I cobbled together a few weeks ago. (“Bunting” is that fabric banner that’s hanging from the chairs.)

I chopped up an old shirt to make that festive doodad. I think it turned out a little wonky, but I’m pretty friggin’ proud of it. Check her out…

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The Ultimate Gift Basket

by on Jun.19, 2011, under Other Lovelies

My bestie’s folks gave us a wonderful gift a few weeks ago – a drop-dead gorgeous picnic basket filled to the brim with edible goodies, wine, wine glasses, champagne, champagne glasses, appetizer plates, cheese knives, placemats, flowery napkins, candles, and more.

We’ve already eaten many of the goodies; what you see in the photo is only half of what the basket came with!

I was blown away by the eye-poppingness of this present. Thanks a million, Don and Donna! You two are beyond sweet.

So if you’re looking for a fab gift to give someone that has that “wow” factor, look no further. You can snatch up your own picnic basket at Pier 1 Imports, where this pretty lady came from. And all the goodies? Take a trip to Trader Joe’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond or even TJ Maxx.

I’ve been dying to put this thoughtful gift to good use.

All I need is a scenic patch of grass and a warm, breezy day…

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