Then reality set in. This was supposed to be a picnic after all. We had no staff to serve dinner, so it would have to be buffet-style. So my idea of a beautifully appointed table went out the window. I opted reluctantly for disposable plates. I even bought them. Well, if you know me, then you know I just couldn’t pull the trigger. I love real plates, and just have a hard time using paper ones. I returned the paper plates and started reworking my plan. To be quite honest I had enough plates to serve our 55 guests at the ranch, but didn’t like the idea someone breaking some of my favorite dishes. I decided I needed a set of dishes that if broken, I wouldn’t care. The hunt was on for the absolute nicest plates I could find for… $1 a plate.
I found out quickly that is not an easy chore, even at Walmart. The only place I could find plates at my rock bottom price were at the Dollar store and Ikea. The Dollar Store surprisingly had some cute ones, but I wanted one set that were all the same, and the Dollar Store just had 10 of this kind, and five of that. So I opted for the 9 inch glass plates at Ikea. I bought 40, since I decded the kids could use paper plates (even I have my limits.)
I found this trio of baskets at Hobby Lobby. I used card stock and a cute truck stamp and the letter stamps to label each basket.
Again, I just couldn’t make myself use disposal silverware for the meal, since if some pieces go lost, I didn’t want to spend days searching the pasture for lost silverware. So I went on the hunt for the absolute most adorable, cutest flatware I could find that was less than $1 per piece. Walmart won this contest with these adorable forks, knives and spoons.
You did a great job tracking everything down. Walmart silverware perfect. I wonder if it is still in stock?
Vickie @ Ranger 911 says
Everything looks just beautiful! My sister is like you and just can’t use paper plates. The ironing board was a clever idea-it’s one more of the things I regret getting rid of when we moved. 🙁
Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says
I have just loved following the progress of this party. All of your details are just perfect, and I have got to make some of those hanging jar candle holders! So cute!
What a top rated affair, I mean picnic. You have inspired me to use the better stuff next time.
Tracey@Breathing English Air says
Had you given the staff the night off then?!!!
I think it all looked absolutely gorgeous. Your attention to detail is very impressive. And having the lovely bluebonnets in bloom too…just perfect.
chateau chic says
Sounds like one fabulous picnic! My favorite has to be your long wood ironing board with the baskets and flowers. Perfect!
Dam cute. Can I say dam? Well I did. Twice. I would of used paper napkins too, just something about guests in a casual setting with BBQ says paper. Cause I’m the guest that always needs more than one.
Two Vintage Sisters - Robin and Pam says
I am so enjoying seeing all these beautiful pitures! Can’t wait for more 🙂 Robin
Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says
I just love all your ideas and the changing of your mind, too. Sounds like what I would do. BTW, never heard of a wholesale BANANA store!! I know you meant bandana. Why does spell check say I spelled that wrong? hmmmm. I got tickled at your type-o.
It all looks so pretty.How lucky for all of your guests.I used to have a wooden iron board.Those are so cool.They make great tables.
Elizabeth Martin says
Wow this is gorgeous!! Simply lovely!
I LOVE the bandanas and blue bonnets!!
You have a gift!
Elizabeth Martin says
I think it all looked absolutely gorgeous.
I am in love with the bandanas and blue bonnets! Simply wonderful!
Debra @ Common Ground says
magazine worthy for sure!!! the bluebonnets in the background make for pinning heaven. this is just gorgeous, Anita!!!
Anita, love seeing all the details of your party. The mason jar lights int he trees are magical, and I so get the real dish/silverware thing. I’m the same way. Love, love, love those toile napkins. Where did you say you found these? Thanks for sharing the beauty and creativity of this party. ~ Sarah
I love everything and how it came together. Especially fond of the toile fabric and the utensils. Very pretty!
Your party posts are adorable, you went to so much trouble!
ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says
Awesome job Anita! Everything looked beautiful!
Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia says
Everything is just perfect even the banana’s 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend.
❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ says
Too, too cute!! Rustic but lovely at the same time. I am SO in love with your toile bandanas. Can you share where you got them from?
Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch says
This is a link to the bandana site, but it looks like they are out of the blue.
Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says
I have been gone all day. So glad I could help. Still cracks me up!
Oh, how beautiful! This is something I struggle with when I have a large group over. It’s nice to know it is possible to have a nice affordable dinner party. I’m sure you had some very happy guests!
Betsy@ coastal-colors says
Anita, this is gorgeous! I love the glass plates and the vintage ironing board looks perfect for a server! 55 guests! Wow! That’s a huge undertaking! It all looks so pretty! You did an amazing job!
On Crooked Creek says
Lovely picnic!!! Those stamped labels…”Little Buckaroo Plates”..too darn cute!!! I’ve used red bandanas tied with jute with my blue and white enamelwear for our Fourth of July picnics. I’ll be back to see more!
Latane Barton says
What a picnic, girl!! Everything is so pretty. I’d just sit and enjoy instead of eating but hey, didn’t you say you were serving barbeque… heck fire… count me in.
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I love that you were able to avoid plastic and create such a beautiful quality to the table. Thanks for the ideas!
Gorgeous items for a perfect picnic! I like you, don’t like using plastic ware. What a great find at Walmart and the Ikea dishes are perfect!
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What a gorgeous party, ONE I would love to be at. Great job. winks, jen
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So gorgeous! This was quite the picnik party. I’m definitely coming to you for advice the next time I have a shindig. Thanks so much for linking up at Etcetorize~
~Tablescapes By Diane~ says
Hi lovely lady.
Your party looks so pretty.I love the bluebonnets in the Mason Jars on your tables, and plates in a large wicker tray this was a great Idea. How lucky for all of your guests.You did a lovely party Anita good for you.Thanks so much for your sweet comments, and I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
ArtMuseDog and Carol says
Just love your creative sense of decorating ~ absolutely exquisite ~ thanks, namaste ^_^
An absolutely gorgeous setting!
Daune | Cottage in the Oaks says
I just love this! We have an old ironing board that I like to use in fun ways…..this inspires me to throw a garden party! 🙂
Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes says
Sounds like you love to make your guests feel welcome! These are all very pretty suggestions for any kind of simple get together, and the Little Buckaroo Plates basket idea is really adorable. Thanks for sharing at Your Cozy Home Party.
I also wanted to say thanks for featuring my napkin rings on Facebook yesterday. I don’t have account there, but I did see it and very much appreciate the feature!
So lovely, Anita!
Greetings from Australia♥
Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale says
it’s absolutely adorable…love all the color and the theme!!
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