Wednesday, August 19, 2009

picnic before summer's lease is done!

They say that Shakespeare once said,

"Summer's lease hath all too short a date."

Oh how true! With the site of those yellow school buses on the streets and August more than half way through, we are reminded how short summer really is. So realizing that, I opted for a little picnic outside. Let's put the basket here on the bench by the fountain while we find a good spot to spread out.
I packed my mother's vintage yellow checked tablecloth, just some white plastic plates, a cheese spreader, wine glasses, fruit, and cheese into a picnic basket. I have to tell you, I picked the basket up at a garage sale for $3. Can you believe that? Love it when that happens. :)
Oh, but let's don't forget the wine! I have to confess there's another reason I wanted a picnic. I just had to try out this new ChillinJoy wine cooler that I won! That's right! I won this sweet cooler from The Blushing Hostess! I'm finding this is just great for outdoor activities.

It has two handy side pockets. I used one for my wine stopper and the other for my corker.

And it keeps your wine cold with cooling packets that can be removed and froze in your freezer till ready for use. The top zips over your wine bottle and keeps it snug till you're ready for it. To learn more, you can click here.
Here's to Catherine at the Blushing Hostess! I'm sure I'll be using it often.
And here's to Susan at A Southern DayDreamer and Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting these lovely parties!!

31 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a great wine cooler! Everything looks so good.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Girl I love the picnic basket you did...I want to do one yet before summer is over ha ha!! all it takes is time and since I got back from Texas I am so far behind...May you have a great day my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Carolyn said...

Such a pretty post. I love your colorful picnic.Great idea to cram in as much summer as possible.

Carolyn

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Fantastic wine cooler! What a practical gift to win. Enjoy the rest of the summer...I agree that summer is a bit too short. I love your mom's vintage cloth.

Elaine said...

Marsha I just love looking at your photos....not only is the photography great, but your arrangements are so lovely! Beautiful picnic! Makes me want to pack up a basket and go to the park.....except it's still way too hot to do that here, so I'm glad you took me along on yours! :)
Elaine

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Looks lovely! What a great find on the picnic basket. I love your moms yellow vintage tablecloth.
School starts next week for my Grand-daughter and so it school shopping this weekend, the summer did go by fast.
Take care and enjoy your day,
Elizabeth

Cindy said...

Ah yes, summer is much too short. What a wonderful idea, a picnic. I haven't done that this year yet. Thanks for the reminder. Hugs, Cindy S

food with style said...

just gorgeous, love every shot!

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Blondie's Journal said...

Such a perfectly lovely picnic!! I love your photos. And the wine cooler is ingenious!! I hope you had a fabulous time, Marsha!

xoxo
Jane

Kate said...

Lovely! A picnic is a great idea! I hope the weekend hurries....

Amy said...

Beautiful post. Having a picnic seems like a great idea. I like what you packed in it! Perfect!

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Marsha, your photos are GORGEOUS. You must make greeting cards from your images, please! :)

I feel the need to pack as much as possible in the remaining summer, too.

You've created such a beautiful blog, it touches my heart. xo

susan said...

Beautiful pictures and I love that yellow tablecloth! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Miller Racing Family said...

What wonderful photos. I so agree that summer is way to short. I like the photo of the grapes, you can almost see the water on the grapes.
I hope you have a fabulous Wednesday!

Laura said...

How pretty- everything looks wonderful and relaxing.

Enjoyed visiting,
Laura

Shirley said...

Now, who wouldn't want to go on a picnic like that! You photography is quite nice!

Anita said...

Great pictures. Love your picnic theme.

Sarah said...

Beautiful picnic photos. It was a real treat to visit today.

Happy Tablescape Thursday and hope to see you at my place to toast Susan on her anniversary.

http://hyacinthforthesoul.blogspot.com/

Regina said...

I haven't been to a picnic:). The wine cooler is really cool. A nice prize. This a wonderful outdoor post!
Regards to you Marsha.
XO Regina

Mary said...

What a wonderful post you have! Glad I found you...somehow. I just click away and travel all over the world! Picnics are wonderful, and yours looks so yummy. Have a wonderful week and week-end! Mary

Mary said...

Your photos put me in the mood for an old fashioned picnic. Everything looks delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

looks like the perfect picnic! Great basket find!

Debbie Pearson said...

Your tablescape looked so romantic and charming, like something out of a romance novel. Everything looked great!

Bill said...

Congratulations on winning the wonderful wine cooler and on scoring that great trifty find with the basket!!! Great photos!

Bye for now,
Bill

Katy said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos! I adore your staging style. Everything is simply lovely!! Thanks for sharing!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This looks so inviting!

How do you make the pictures look like a painting?

Katherine

Dining Delight said...

Your picnic basket 'scape is wonderful! Your new wine cooler looks very handy. Your pics make me want to sit right down and dig into the goodies in the basket!

DD

Sharlotte said...

This IS a perfect way to celebrate summer. Your basket is such a great find...and you've filled it with the most delicious things. I'm sure you had a wonderful, relaxing time!

sweetpralinemadness said...

I love your picnic!!! Everything looks fantastic...

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

What a wonderful picnic! Don't go summer!!!

Stay Cozy, Carrie