I planned an intimate, wonderful picnic dinner tomorrow night (Labor Day) on our lake for Mr. Pressed Pants. Our weathermen seem to be in agreement that it isn't going to happen. It seems that we will be getting the remains of Hurricane Lee all day tomorrow. That's definitely a good news/bad news thing, as we need the rain desperately.
So.....even though he couldn't be there today for dinner, I took everything to the lake for photos of my picnic that I planned. You'll notice that there's no food! That was to come tomorrow! So, it's sort of a pretend picnic, I guess.
Everything but the flowers fit into this old picnic basket.
There was to be a little atmosphere with candles.
And what do we have here?
A bit of the bubbly! Actually, a wee little bit each.
I picked these melamine plates with the flags on them up at Tuesday Morning quite a while ago. Don't they look remarkably like Ralph Lauren's plates? They aren't marked on the back, so I don't know who makes them.
The "tablecloth" is a quilt top that I purchased years and years ago. It was never finished into a quilt, but that's ok with me. I just use it as a table linen, frayed edges and all.
Here are the two "placesettings".
The flowers are Kroger alstromeria and carnations with a bit of our salvia. I put it into an off-white pottery pitcher. These candlesticks are soooo old. I have no idea where they came from.
I used these dish towels from Ikea (50 cents each!) as napkins. They work well, as they are not brilliant white, but a bit creamy and they don't fight the aged white in the quilt. The flatware is from Target, I think, and the white wicker napkin rings are ages old, too.
I KNOW!!!! This boat isn't even IN the water. It's still sitting on the end of the dock. It started sprinkling as I was taking pictures, so I never even put it in. I told you that this became a pretend picnic!
I had a book packed for myself, and I'm sure that Mr. Pressed Pants would have his fishing pole. I really can't find the thrill in fishing, and I've learned that you have to be quiet (therein might lie the problem), so I always come prepared to read.
Aren't these dessert plates great. I had a bit of a crash in the "vault" and I now have five of these plates instead of eight. :-(
At least, these will still be good for indoors tomorrow!
Packed up and ready to head back up to the house.
Everything but the flowers fit into the basket.
This won't be the same indoors.
And we won't be using the sparklers, either.
But, inside this wonderful house, we'll be safe and dry. I wish everyone who has had to deal with this weather (too dry or too wet), were as lucky.
It dawned on me that I have never shared the rear of our house with you. This is the round white deck that I have often shown you and off to the right is the pool area. Down by that dogwood tree at the far right is the lower terrace. Grass? Not so great. Wish for the holiday? Fabulous!
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