Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fall Picnic in the Woods

Lovely fall days encourage us to get outside and enjoy the fabulous sights and sounds of nature.  Sometimes, it is difficult to go very far due to time constraints of everyday life. We are fortunate in that we don't have to travel any distance to soak in autumn's glow and enjoy a ...

 
Our backyard borders on a wooded area nestled between residential streets. Although not technically on our property, I took advantage of the spot to set up for a tabletop picnic.
 
 
Coffee mugs await a fill up of...
 
...steaming hot coffee from this carafe along with a splash of Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur.
(no, not sponsored... just a favourite!)
 
I like the juxtaposition of using pretty dishes and flatware outside in a casual setting with a birch vase filled with clippings from nearby trees.
(Leaf plates from HomeSense)
 
A soup tureen will be filled with some spicy chili to keep the body warm. Although not an expected picnic item, when you are so close to home, it is easy to serve.
 
Leaf bowls are the perfect vessel for the chili.
 
 Space has been left on the table for the buns, coleslaw and Mars bar squares that I put out after I snapped these pics - and got too busy/lazy to go back and get my camera.  :)
 
 
Two of these wooden ducks were used to create the table centerpiece.
 
Along with birch pieces, pine cones, white mini-pumpkins, wheat sheaves, some faux leaves and a faux antler, the ducks were set in a long woven basket.
 
The natural look of the combined elements fit in with the outdoor picnic theme.
 
The white blurred object above the lantern on the left, is a house on the next street with a trail connecting the two areas.
 
So we are not actually in the woods but I'm pretending.
 
A black lantern's orange candle burns brightly in the cool fall air.
 
Being so close to home, it was easy to bring comfy chairs, pillows & blankets to the picnic.
 
And once the picnic is over, no need to load the car, we just carried everything back into the house.
 
A fun fall getaway without leaving the neighbourhood.
 
Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Sundays Down Under at Natasha in Oz
Share it One More Time at Everyday Home
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Talented Tuesdays at Home Remedies
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Fall into Fall at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Northern Nesting
What's It Wednesdays at Ivy & Elephants
Thursday Favorite Things at Surroundings by Debi
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Five Star Frugal at A Tray of Bliss
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Weekend Retreat at AKA Design
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home



15 comments:

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

What a delightful fall picnic! I have to ask....do your neighbors ever ask why you are setting up a table and taking photos? Mine do :-)

Jody Klein said...

Another fabulous tablescape that I just love. Where did you get the leaf bowls? They are perfect for all your Fall tablescapes. What a great area to have in your own backyard. Have a great week! Jody@Southern Seazons

Ann K from Cairn Cottage said...

What a beautiful, inviting tablescape!! I love the leaf plates and bowls!! You are fortunate to have such a perfect outdoor setting that you could use, so close to your house!!

Dawna Motz said...

Beautiful! I love your table and all the wonderful items you have shared with us! I too love setting a table outdoors and hope you will stop by the country! From the woods to the prairies,,,there are lots of wonderful setting to serve a meal with friends.....and right close to home as well!! Stopping in from Amaze me Monday.

Parsimonious Perfection said...

What a wonderful setting next to such a beautiful backdrop!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hello, Visiting from What's It Wednesday. Isn't it so much for to create vignettes and staged scenes, only to have to carry it all back in when finished! Yours is absolutely wonderful, love the outdoor setting and that centerpiece is fantastic, I love ducks. Your fur pillow is perfect for the setting too.
Have a wonderful week,
Gina

Valerie Roberts said...

What a beautiful setting. Everything speaks Fall! What a glorious look. Love how you have mixed sophisticated and casual to perfection!

sawitdidit said...

What a wonderful picnic you've created! Looks so welcoming :)
Found you on Five Star Frou Frou xx Fiona

Have a Daily said...

I am mad about plaid and I adore your fall picnic! I love dining outdoors whenever possible and a picnic in the woods is fabulous. I actually set up a plaid picnic in the snow in our back yard a couple of winter's ago. It was a beautiful sunshine day, and even though there was snow on the ground it was calling my name. lol! Love your entire tablescape! Hopped over from Pieced Pastimes. Happy to be a new follower. I have a link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. It's about sharing the things that make you happy. I'd love if you shared sometime!
hugs,
Jann

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

What a lovely setting, wouldn't want to go back indoors!
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Blessings,
Cindy

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Looks like a great place for a Fall Picnic. Nice to have that in your back
yard, we have woods in our backyard too, but not trees with all those pretty
colors, since we live in Florida and things don't change too much. So what
a warm welcome to Fall you have going on there. Chili is the perfect Fall
food and everything looks wonderful. Hope you all had a lovely time........

Blessings and have a good week ahead,
Nellie

Ленорчик/Lena Zakharchenko said...

Your post brings me a lot of fall inspiration! I must to try do fall picnic like there! Thank you very much! It's beautiful in the every detail!!! I like it! Fabulous!!!

Laura Lane said...

Wow! Anyone would feel thrilled with that picnic!
Enjoy Fall! It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Do drop by and say hello!

Blessings,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Julie Lilacs and Longhorns said...

What a gorgeous fall table! Thanks so much for linking up to the Share it One More Time link-up!

Mimi said...

Lori, this one really speaks to me. It actually gave me goosebumps. Maybe I've been there in another life? The colours, the chairs, the leaf shaped bowls and platters....just divine beyond measure. I'm pinning this for sure. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou. Will you join me again this week? Mimi xxx