Thursday, August 29, 2013
DIY Picnic Basket/Kit
We really, really do.
I registered for a lovely Martha Stewart picnic basket when we got married and unfortunately we didn't receive it. Considering it had a $100 price tag, I wasn't surprised at all. And people may have been a little taken aback that we even registered for it (or maybe not, considering the wild things people register for these days). But we really love to take picnics! And for us, it was a perfect option.
Since we didn't receive it, I decided to make my own version which actually turned out very well and saved quite a bit of money. So way to go, gift purchasers!
I wanted to share that info with you, just in time for Labor Day Weekend, and perhaps inspire you to make picnic-ing a tradition in your family is well.
First you'll need a basket. I got mine from Wal-mart for like $12 a few years ago. You can find baskets in this style in most places like that (Target, Meijer, etc) or you can regular baskets as well from places like Michaels and Hobby Lobby. You don't have to have a latched basket, and my example basket is very Easter-ish. If you get one like mine (ovular or rectangular), you can add fabric to make it lovely and then use your picnic blanket to lay over top and cover food.
I laid it over some vintage fabric I bought eons ago and haven't found a use for. Ta da!
Now your basket is pretty, let's fill it! The great part about the Martha Stewart basket is that it included plastic plates and silverware as well. I decided to take things a step further.
HERE or you can buy one from Target (Target should probably sponsor this post...) here. In the middle, we have a portable French Press from Bodum for coffee or even loose leaf tea. This is great for nearby picnics (such as when we dine by the lake). Far right is a nice Stanley thermos from AMAZON. This is better for long distance picnics and will keep our coffee, cider or cocoa warm for hours.
Wouldn't this be a great wedding gift to a couple? I like it because you don't need to worry about matching their home. I suggest consulting the registry (or more romantically- the color scheme of the wedding) for color and style guidance.
If you'd like, you may consider adding a citronella candle, matches, a corkscrew, a small trash bag, glass or steel straws (we have some in ours, which I didn't feature) or some stain removing cloths as well.
Enjoy! All the best, and thanks for reading!