Day 98 – Picnic in the park

My plaid picnic tin

What’s larger than a breadbox and has handles? A picnic tin!

‘Cause if it didn’t have handles it’d be …..a breadbox : )

And this very cha-cha picnic tin has it all – faux leather top and corner pieces, faux stitching and REAL plastic handles.

What more do you need? Food? Easy peasy.

The final result

This is what we ended up with. You’d think that with temperatures near 100 a few days ago that we could plan a picnic. Would you believe that it started raining today? Just like the Gatsby picnic!

The biggest difference here is the set-up. Let’s be clear – Gatsby took a truck to get to the site, two people twenty minutes to unload and an hour to create! THIS set-up took two people a three minute walk and 10 minutes to create. We started with this:

Our materials : )

One person carried the chair and cushions, the other the basket and cooler. Everything needed for relaxing and reading is in the picnic tin : )

The kit!

First in, first out…The plates were under the tablecloth but if I left them in you couldn’t see all the goodies. Everything in here is vintage except for the food and ‘oyster’ pails. The original purpose of what we now call out chinese take-out containers was for transporting oysters purchased for home cooking. As oysters were over-harvested and the price skyrocketed manufacturers were left with mountains of unsold containers. ‘However, after World War II, there was a huge increase in the United States in interest in prepared foods that could be purchased from restaurants and heated or finished at home. Chinese food proved to be a popular choice, since it was tasty, unusual, fairly inexpensive and traveled well. The oyster pail was quickly adopted for “Chinese take-out.” ‘ (Thank you Wikipedia!)

I decided to use some of these very handy containers today as a lightweight way of transporting food, and because they’re cute. The box the sandwiches are in was a common item in picnic kits in the 50’s and 60’s. I’ve even wrapped the sandwiches in wax paper like my grandma used to do. Since this was not something we did when I was a child I really had no clue how to do it and so googled it. I have to say there is a void of good directions on this particular subject. I may do a tutorial on it : )

Since the box can clearly hold 6 sandwiches quite easily I used the rest of the space to pack in the salt & pepper shakers, bakelite silverware and napkins.While at the Treasure Island Flea Market this weekend Angie bought an amazing picnic set that we think is late 30’s or early 40’s. It came almost complete, and the red plastic it was outfitted with was such a good color for my picnic tin that I borrowed some of her bounty. The cups fit into the center section of the divided plates, and came with the fabulous red plastic creamer and sugar! The thermos is from Sue’s collection and the chicken salt & pepper came from the Longest Yard Sale.

Check out the vintage label on the orange drink bottle – I found these images online, cut and glued them to the cap-topped bottles (that you MUST have a church key to open!) and had instant ‘vintage’ soda bottles! We used some of these at Gatsby but they are so cute I may hang onto one or two after we’ve drunk the contents.

My new insulated cooler : )

This was MY find at the Treasure Island Flea Market this weekend. LOVE the red plaid graphics and the really clean inside. I plopped some ice in, threw in the drinks, put the lid on and we were ready to go. LOVE the faux stitching  but the red plastic handle is what sealed the deal.

Last picnic we went to had car-art. Guess what? So did this one -

Car love : )

1953 Chevy pick-up, beautifully restored. The area we picnic’d in is called the Howe Homestead Park here in Walnut Creek. The gentleman who owned the property from 1920 to his death in 1970 was Jim Howe, one of the first Associated Press foreign correspondents. It is now part of the open space area the city owns and maintains. There is an actual ranger that lives in the main house and he owns several antique cars and trucks, this being one. It may be showing up in a posting later this year…The other very cool thing in this park is the community garden area, just beyond the bee hives and farm equipment. My dog has a fascination for the bee hives and the gophurs that leave the ground like swiss cheese.  As long as she doesn’t catch either one we’ll be good : )

Tomorrow – Make a Wish

268 days to go!!

2 comments to Day 98 – Picnic in the park

  • Adorbs! I haven’t been on a picnic since my girls were young — they are all in their 20s now. We used to take a picnic every Friday to a different park.

  • Angie

    I love the idea of picnicing. I really need to start to make it happen. Can’t wait to see tutorial on sanwhich wrapping, many people I know are throughing out the zip lock bags with no idea what to use instead. I’m sure it would be highly apricciated.

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