A Lakeside Picnic


Still a little cool for a pontoon picnic, we enjoyed a little waterside dining  instead. . .


 Some pasta salads~

A baguette~

A little fruit & cheese~


 A beverage with bubbles~

With glasses held in place by Steady Steaks~

No bees to buzz around us this early in the season, except the ones on the flatware & beverage bucket :-)

 I hope it’s picnic weather soon where you are :-)

 Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

  32 comments for “A Lakeside Picnic

  1. May 9, 2011 at 8:09 am

    All delicious elements to make the perfect picnic! Such a pictureque setting for a glorious outdoor lakeside picnic! Wishing you many glorious days to soak up that lovely Spring weather.x

  2. May 9, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Wish I lived closer Mary, I would love to meet you. You are so creative and it flows so easily for you. I love your wire cloche. Where did you buy it? Your pillow says it all. Your grass is so healthy and I am wishing mine looked like yours. We need rain very badly and there is flooding in Tennessee so I am not complaining.

  3. May 9, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Hi Mary
    How lucky you are to live on the lake! I was up there last week listing a house in Queen’s Cove, not lakefront though. Since I live in Charlotte would be fun to get together sometime.

  4. May 9, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Every week I am blown away by your staging. Was that part of your professional life? I’m thinking you should come to Maine when I am setting up the shop at CMCA and add your special touches.

  5. May 9, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Looks like a wonderful dining experience. Love the extra ruffles on the picnic basket!

    – The Tablescaper

  6. May 9, 2011 at 9:27 am

    What a fun lakeside picnic. It all looks so wonderful. I like the bees that came to your picnic!

  7. May 9, 2011 at 11:10 am

    This is wonderful, with the quilt on the ground and all the other elements. I love that ice bucket/wine cooler!

  8. May 9, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I am more relaxed just looking at those photos!!! Love it! I can only imgine how lovely being there was. Happy Monday and thanks for sharing your wonderful picnic.

  9. May 9, 2011 at 11:55 am

    What a lovely spot for a picnic! What’s in the sealed jars? Pasta salad, maybe?
    Those little Steady Steaks are a cool innovation…I’ve never seen them before.

    You’ve given me an idea to plant some pretty flowers around a potted cypress tree that we got as a gift for Christmas. Yours looks lovely like that & I LOVE the cascading flowers over the handle of the watering can. You do things up so beautifully, Mary! Truly an art form!


  10. May 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks for everyone’s comments… my sealed jars do have pasta salad! One is an orzo one that we eat regularly with grape tomatoes, pine nuts, chopped basil or spinach, lemon juice & zest, and Newman’s Own Parmesan & Roasted Garlic dressing. My wire cloche, shockingly, came from HomeGoods :-) Our grass is green from all our rain. We are fortunate that on the lake, unless under extreme drought conditions, we can use lake water for irrigation, but we haven’t needed to this spring~

  11. May 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I think Jain will love that pillow:) I love the ruffled purse..:) I think I had a skirt like that once..So so cute..
    Very pretty..

  12. May 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Mary, You do have the magic touch …. week after week you continue to amaze and inspire me…. All of your blog posts are absolutely lovely…. Wish I had known you when I lived in the Carolinas!

  13. May 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I think the pillow says it all! I’m always ready for a picnic, and lakeside makes it better. I do miss our days of picnics on the lake. ;-)
    Every detail is sheer delight. You never cease to amaze me with your talent for gorgeous settings. ~ sarah

  14. May 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    OK, I am TOTALLY loving those Steady Stakes for holding drinks!!! Those are great!!! What a novel idea!!! Gorgeous setting all around! Have a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful day!!!

  15. Tammy518
    May 10, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I love your lakeside picnic. What a beautiful spot, and I love it all! Do you mind sharing where you got the ice bucket? I love bees!

    • May 10, 2011 at 6:59 am

      I’ve had it many years from my retail days. The manufacturer was India Handicraft, I’ve seen versions of it from time to time at HomeGoods & TJ Maxx.

  16. Pondside
    May 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    What a happy post! I love the pillow and the stakes for the classes – brilliant! Thanks for sharing such a pretty picnic.

  17. May 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    The stakes for the glasses are GREAT! Where did you get them??? Love the entire setting, would love to do a picnic like this! Would also LOVE to live on a lake:):) XO, Pinky

  18. Kim
    May 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    A very beautiful and romantic picnic. The steady stakes are a great idea and look so pretty in the flowerpot.

  19. Clare
    May 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Beautiful! A party anyone would be delighted to attend!

  20. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    May 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Looks like a perfect day Mary! Just a beautiful setting and I love the glass holders, what a fun idea-enjoy:@)

  21. May 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    How lovely!! The pictures were so tranquil and beautiful. You have a lot of style and class. . .and it shows in your pictures. I was looking at the pictures thinking how nice it would be to be able to sit on the ground beside a lake. And not have to worry about having an alligator come up and crash your party. (I live in Florida).


  22. Pat
    May 10, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    This looks so romantic, Mary! I love the wine glass holders and all the adorable pillows!

  23. May 11, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    How very beautifully styled your picnic looks. Love it.
    Best Carolyn

  24. May 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Beautiful! I love everything, but particularly the glass holders. Thanks for the link to them. I have to have some of these.

  25. May 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    what a gorgeous setting. My kind of picnic!!!

  26. May 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    That looks so pretty! Love the wire cloche and that ruffled basket.
    Yes, it will be picnics by the Bay here soon! I can’t wait!

  27. May 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I wish I was there!!

  28. May 13, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    This is fabulous. Makes me want to travel the cyberwaves and arrive at your dock. The crock with the drinks is so fabulous. Great photos and styling. Loved my visit.

  29. May 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Perfect setting for a picnic!

  30. May 18, 2011 at 10:28 am

    be still my heart, i saved catching up with you for the morn, to brighten my ENTIRE day… you never cease to amaze me, a bounty of beauty. call ralph, he needs you a set designer, you are just always spot on picture perfect…

    it makes my heart swoon when i watch you play…

    that pillow was made for you… and ME! and the ice bucket… its not nice to envy is it?

    oh my cheeks hurt when i come here… i adore all you do!

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