Now that summer is in full swing, I'd like to share some vintage-inspired outdoor entertaining ideas with you.
I thought it would be fun to imagine a gathering that utilizes some of my favorite things — my picnic tin collection, 1940s tablecloths, Bakelite-handled cutlery, and more.
To begin . . . Using Paperless Post, let's invite 10 good friends (6 couples in all), load up the car (my favorite being a Woodie station wagon like this one I saw on MV last week), and head to a shady picnic grove (such as a leafy local park or even your own backyard).
At this fresh air gathering, each couple will be presented with their own boxed lunch housed inside a colorful 1950s tin. Before the meal begins, everything can be artfully displayed upon a wooden park bench or picnic table.
To define the picnic area and make it even more festive, hang fabric pennant banners from the trees.
Next, have each couple select a vintage tablecloth and a tin of their choice.
Then have everyone find a shady spot to spread their cloth for an alfresco lunch.
Vintage flatware with Bakelite handles continues the retro theme.
Time to eat! Inside each tin is an easy, delicious lunch, such as these pressed picnic sandwiches wrapped in kraft paper and tied with twine.
Along with a selection of beer and wine, these old fashioned soft drinks from Wild Bill's have the right vintage vibe.
Fresh salads in glass Mason jars are easy to pack and look beautiful. I discovered enticing recipes for a Cobb Salad (left) and Quinoa Salad on the ValSoCal blog.
So right about now, you may be thinking . . . I love this picnic idea, Susan, but I don't have a ridiculously large tin and flatware collection like you do. No problem!
To get the word out, Paperless Post offers dozens of invitations and cards for any occasion. Beautifully designed, you can even customize your favorite one to reflect your personal style.
Happy picnicking! 😊