Haven’t you heard? It’s picnic week here on CamilleStyles.com… and in honor of the occasion, our team decided to escape the office and pack up a chic little picnic lunch yesterday at a park near my house (did you catch the inspiration I posted yesterday?) As we enjoyed our baguette sandwiches and niçoise salads, a light breeze blew threw the live oaks overhead providing a bit of relief from the Texas sun. Summer perfection. It’s so necessary to take an afternoon – even just an hour – and get away from our desks to soak up a few sunshine-y days before fall arrives, don’t you think? Have you gotten a chance to do that yet this summer? Keep reading for all the details on yesterday’s picnic…and hopefully you’ll be inspired to invite a few friends for a midday break under the trees this week!
We loaded up my car with picnic necessities, starting with a classic basket overflowing with chilled lemonade, vintage napkins, baguettes loaded with grilled vegetables and ripe cherries. A long swath of gingham fabric would serve as a pretty runner on the park table.
The key to setting a picnic-perfect table? Striking the right balance between pretty, special and totally unfussy. The simplest centerpiece was created with three flowering plants we picked up from the neighborhood nursery, then covered the plastic bases with kraft paper. (The entire thing was less than $5.) Niçoise salads layered in canning jars added color to each place setting – be sure to stop back by later this afternoon for the delicious recipe!
Chanel added subtle detail to these simple glass IKEA bottles by taping off the bottom and creating stripes with white spray paint. A vintage wire basket is full of picnic essentials: handkerchiefs-turned-napkins, striped twine, playing cards and sunglasses.
Tyler’s ready to take a bite out of his baguette, stuffed with grilled eggplant, zucchini, fresh mozzarella and basil leaves. I wrapped them up in parchment and tied with a tag bearing each of our names…a great way to keep track of whose sandwich is whose.
We packed our basket with a few great novels for lingering around the table…and a classic fruit tart that instantly transports me to the French countryside with its vibrant celebration of summer’s bounty.
Bamboo plates are pretty and disposable, and Chanel made these party-worthy by adding a colorful rim to each one. (And yes, we’re sharing the DIY next week!)
Days like this make me wonder why I don’t take a moment to slow down and enjoy the great outdoors every afternoon! Though with a little girl entering our lives soon, I see a lot more picnics in my future (and I couldn’t be more thrilled.) Do y’all have any little tips or must-haves for summertime picnics? I’d love to hear – leave a comment and let me know!
*photos by Camille