Patio Picnic

I love the word picnic. It has such a carefree, relaxed, happy connotation. I associate picnics with the “Walton’s Moments” that I spoke about in a recent post. ;0) However, I’m a bit fussy. I don’t prefer to sit on the ground, or spread out food on the ground. The only ants that I like are “artificial ones”. So my solution is to have picnics, but have them on a picnic table, a deck, or from the tailgate of a vehicle! The picnic I am inviting you to today, is going to be held on our back patio. So please come over and have a seat. It won’t be on the ground, but on a chair with a nice soft cushion.


I never tire of red and white. (Maybe it’s the Canadian blood.) I can’t have a picnic without a fabric tablecloth of some sort…and my favorite is this large checkered pattern. I also lined the picnic basket with a smaller checker print with black ants all over it! Well over ten years ago, I bought that as a metre of fabric , and just finished the edges.


Hubby installed an old pot rack above the table. It is perfect for hanging different candle holders, mason jars, etc from it. I found these cute red bottle tea light holders at my favorite store…can you guess where? Fred and Ginger are always invited to my picnics. See them there by the red candle holder? They love to “dance” all over my table cloth!


I placed my dollar store place mats on top of the table cloth. The white plates were a thrift shop score! The yellow plate is a cheap melamine plate from a grocery store end of season clearance and the red plate…


Just keepin it real folks!!! The red plate belongs to my set of Majolica Christmas dishes!!! ;0)





I combined two napkins for a bit more interest. As a nod to our little black visitors, I decided to use a black ribbon instead of a napkin ring, and black cutlery.


Food covers to protect the food from bugs. “Fred & Ginger” are the only ones allowed on the table!


Fred & Ginger


If you would like to make some sweet ants of your own, just go visit Craftify It. There is a great tutorial to make this little guy out of jingle bells!!!

*All photographs taken by Nicole Payzant Photography

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August 31, 2011 - 12:02 pm

Holly - As usual the photography is excellent! Maybe I’ll see Nicole’s name in one of those decorating magazines I love to look at. Love the table setting. I saw bottles wrapped in fishing net in a magazine and thought that would be nice for a beach theme wedding. Have a great day.

August 31, 2011 - 1:35 pm

Barbara F. - Nicole is very talented, I wish I had a daughter like her. Your table is so charming, I am ready to make potato salad to bring along, see, I am inviting myself to your picnic! That red Christmas dish is wonderful. xo,

August 31, 2011 - 6:02 pm

Ann - I’ll be right over to join you for your picnic. I could bring Elderberry Cordial, and a Chocolate Cake. It all looks so beautiful, it’s actually a pity to use it. Enjoy!

August 31, 2011 - 9:00 pm

Sandy - This is so fun!!!!! The table is just so inviting! Love how you used the seasonal plates, but didn’t have to show the Christmas part of the plate! :)

August 31, 2011 - 9:54 pm

Jeanne - Now that is my kind of picnic. Stunning table setting and I too love the red and white. It is all so lovely, especially the ants. Smile!
xo, Jeanne

August 31, 2011 - 10:43 pm

LV - That has always been the tradition, you needed a red and white checedk table cloth for picnics. They are still popluar just hard to find.

September 1, 2011 - 1:08 am

Debbie @ - Love the table and your setting. It just looks wonderful! Love the red plates too!

September 1, 2011 - 1:23 am

Marlis - What a cozy spot for a picnic. I love the vintage ant fabric.. I think i used to have some too. A fun table.. xo marlis

September 1, 2011 - 1:39 am

Red Couch Recipes - Love this picnic and the red and white are a favorite of mine. What a great idea to put a pot rack above the table. Love all the ants and you are too funny to show us they were your Christmas plates. Thanks for the link to the ant tutorial. Joni

September 1, 2011 - 2:06 am

Debbie - I just love this! The ants are the icing on the cake to it. My favorite shot is the close up of the napkins. I love that one.

September 1, 2011 - 2:13 am

our daily dishes - love your setting and your pics are ALL gorgeous, cute cute CUTE!

September 1, 2011 - 2:15 am

Alycia Nichols - Hi there, Tanya! Great table! I LOVE the huge checks in the fabric! And, of course, I always admire those with sewing skills as mine are sorely lacking! :-) What a great idea to put the pot rack outside for decorating!!!!! Love it! That is SO funny that you fessed up on the salad plates! Hilarious! Have a great week!

September 1, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Magical Mystical Teacher - Elegant, elegant picnic furnishings–especially, of course, because of all that red!


I am feeling red today—
Better that than blue, they say.

Red is such a cheery shade,
Sweetest color ever made,

Brightens everything you do—
Better red, they say, than blue!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Temple Lion

September 1, 2011 - 2:47 pm

Vicky - When can I come over? That looks divine! I love all of your thrifty finds.

I am a new follower from the Show and Tell Linking Party at Blue Cricket Design. If you have a chance come by and say hi.

September 1, 2011 - 4:42 pm

Erica @ Doodles and Doilies - I have nominated you over at Doodles & Doilies for the Versatile Blog Award!

September 2, 2011 - 1:02 am

The Summer Porch - Tanya ~ Your table setting is stunning! I’m a huge fan of anything red in color it makes such a bold statement. Fred and Ginger are adorable. Thank you for such a lovely comment. So very nice to meet you.
Hugs Rosemary…

September 2, 2011 - 1:39 am

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) - What a lovely post! Each picture is so cheery. Love those bold red colour. Great table setting.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

September 2, 2011 - 2:39 am

Entertaining Women - The red and white is always wonderful for a picnic; the pops of yellow raise it to the next level…great choice. Thank you for sharing your darling creepy crawler design. Cherry Kay

September 2, 2011 - 3:06 am

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch - It’s all so adorable, especially Fred and Ginger!!

September 2, 2011 - 2:57 pm

~Tablescapes By Diane~ - Hi lovely lady.
Your tablescape for your patio picnic is Beautiful. I love the place setting with the red,white and yellow !! You have a great eye for putting this all together.. I also love the ant’s so sweet.
I hope you have a great weekend with your family.
XXOO Diane

September 3, 2011 - 3:43 am

Honey at 2805 - Red and white always make me happy! the arts on the tablecloth are precious! But, I have never had to create ants, they just seem to appear! 😉

Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you and hope you wil link up again next week!

September 4, 2011 - 1:08 am

abeachcottage - Lovely table setting. Your picnic table is full of fun and bright colours! Thanks for linking to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

September 6, 2011 - 4:19 am

Marie - So pretty! I want to picnic at your place! Thanks for linking with us at Show & Share!


September 6, 2011 - 2:05 pm

Sherry - Oh my gosh, those ants are too cute!
Thanks for joining HSH!

September 6, 2011 - 10:44 pm

Ellen - What a sweeeeet picnic. And Fred and Ginger are cute lil buggers…..You have thought out all the details. I enjoyed your picnic post. I can remember having picnics with my children. They loved to pack a lunch in their lunch boxes, grab a blanket and eat in the backyard under the tree. Those were the best days. Thank you for jogging my memory.

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