{Less} Labor Day Picnic

A reprise of our {Less} Labor Day Picnic~

I hope you enjoy a second helping!

We’re enjoying a lakeside picnic over the holiday weekend~

I’m testing the theory that everything tastes better out of a jar~ it certainly is convenient & more fun :-)

A layered salad made in advance~ a minimum of 8 hours or up to 24~ chilling for the flavors to meld.

You can enjoy the fruits of your labor later ~ since that’s  the point of this summer holiday :-)

Tasty & satisfying~ and a salad that my husband enjoys.

 You can pack individual salad jars, so serving is less problematic & less labor is required  :-)

Layered Cornbread-and-Turkey Salad, recipe courtesy of Southern Living, here

I substituted some chickpeas for yellow bell peppers~ not as colorful~ but pleasing to our taste buds and used a blend of Monterey Jack & Cheddar cheese instead of Swiss since that’s what I had on hand.

If your grocery store bakery sells corn muffins, you can skip making the corn bread for even less labor for this salad :-)


Skewers of cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, prosciutto, cheese, olives, & cheese tortellini~

Citrus infused water with lemon & orange slices~ refreshing & thirst quenching~

 Dessert in a jar with very little labor using fruits in season~ plums, peaches, berries of any kind or combination.

 Peach-and-Blueberry Parfait, recipe & inspiration courtesy Southern Living here.

Instead of making a custard, I mixed a jar of lemon curd with 8 oz of  1/3 less fat cream cheese~ (less labor :-)

Layer custard or lemon curd mixture with the angel food cake (or pound cake), peaches & blueberries. Assemble, chill & enjoy!

Wishing you some food and fun in your weekend~

Have a Safe & Labor-Free Holiday :-)

 Plates/ Kohl’s

Flatware/ HomeGoods

Napkins/ World Market

Picnic Caddy/ Pottery Barn

Beverage Dispenser/ Pottery Barn, here

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  29 comments for “{Less} Labor Day Picnic

  1. August 31, 2012 at 6:53 am

    You bet I enjoy your second helpings! Always pretty, informative and FUN!!!

  2. August 31, 2012 at 6:53 am

    I think using the jars for a picnic is brilliant. It also helps with the cleanup! I love the colorful quilts, flatware, and flowers. The textures of the baskets make the vignette perfect.

  3. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    August 31, 2012 at 7:30 am

    So pretty and colorful, love the quilt and pillows! Happy Labor Day Weekend Mary-have fun:@)

  4. August 31, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Just as good the second time around. We’ll also be having a picnic with everyone contributing to the food. It’s not likely to look as pretty, but it will be good!

  5. August 31, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Mary, Mary, I have had next to nothing to eat in three days and so wish for a bite or two or twenty of these. That salad looks divine. I could marry it. hugs, olive

  6. Pondside
    August 31, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I loved it again! The salads look so pretty in the jars.

  7. August 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Mary…you make a picnic lunch look like you are dining in a 5 star restaurant…just gorgeous!!….I just feel like I am sitting there enjoying those the beautiful salad and dessert right along with you….Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!!!

  8. Pat Mazzei
    August 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I just love the colours! What a beautiful setting. Hugs to all!

  9. August 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I often take multiple helpings of your delicious posts! Fun to take in this delightful picnic this Labor Day weekend. Hope you have a wonderful holiday. ~ Sarah

  10. Linda Kemp
    August 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Love these ideas! What brand of lemon curd do you use?

  11. Debbie
    August 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    This is such a delightful picnic! Wish I could join you. Happy Labor Day!

  12. August 31, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Just as good the second time around! Adore the idea of a picnic-in-a-jar!
    It’s gorgeous!

  13. August 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Mary, I could look at every one of your posts all day long. I hope you have a great weekend. I am hoping to get to TJ’s to SPEND my card:):) XO, Pinky

  14. August 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I KNEW I could count on you for a lakeside post! I soooooooooo wish we were going to the lake for the weekend. Or taking the boat out but, hubby hates a Holiday Weekend at the lake because so many accidents happen then… Sooooooooooo I guess we’ll be staying home. Thanks for sharing. Tell the girls Elle said hello. We’ve spent so much of the summer gone that I’m sooooooooooooooooo behind. Off to catch up to what else you’ve been up to. Have a fun/safe weekend.
    Charlene & Elle

  15. August 31, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Second helpings of deliciouness are just as good the second time around!
    Such a delightful post! Have a Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend, Mary!

  16. September 1, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I could feel my heart rate slowing to a nice lazy pace as I took in your picnic by the lake. All the pretty colors make for great eye candy and the food–let’s just say it ALL looks scrumptious! Great timing on the dessert as a friend gave me a HUGE bag of perfectly ripe peaches and I am scrambling to find a way to use them. Hope you have a delightful and labor-free holiday weekend!

  17. September 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    What a beautiful picnic you have prepared and I love your quilt and pillows, perfect for a nap after eating. Everything looks so picturesque and inviting. Wish I was coming right over.

  18. September 2, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I love your (less) Labor Day picnic with your beautiful quilt as a backdrop. All your jarred food is so creative and mouthwatering. The gingham and polka dot flatware is fun and whimsical. I’d gladly partake at your outdoor setting anytime.

  19. September 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    How pretty and the salads and dessert are making me so hungry. Love the idea of citrus flavored water. I’ve put lemon slices in water, but never thought of adding orange slices. I’m going to pick up some more lemons and oranges at the grocery to make some.
    Thanks for all the neat ideas.

  20. September 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Hi Mary,

    Your picnics always look SO romantic!! I adore this patchwork quilt and pillows, and the metal basket with the jars, flowers and linens is perfect for a lakeside picnic. Your food looks yummy; I’ll have to click on the links to check out those recipes. I’m glad you re-posted this — all the pics are lovely!

    Thanks for your visit. I hope you can go back to Hendersonville sometime. Wishing you a very relaxing Labor Day weekend.


  21. September 2, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    It is all beautiful and the salad looks divine!!

    I would love to conttact you about featuring one of your posts on my blog, but can’t seem to find an email address for you! Could you email me at lorieblogs (at) gmail (dot) com.


  22. September 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    What a beautiful picnic and the Cornbread and Turkey Salad looks amazing, I love that idea. I just love visiting your blog and enjoying all your fabulous presentations. Thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

  23. September 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Just as wonderful the second time! Happy Labor Day.

    – The Tablescaper

  24. September 3, 2012 at 3:24 am

    What a beautiful picnic–I would be more than satisfied sampling each of these wonderful foods! And I am in love with the red and white silverware–how perfect is that for a summery picnic??

  25. September 3, 2012 at 11:56 am

    ok, your salad in a jar looks so delish. I came over from Stonegable link up and I’m excited to see what else you have coming up! I am always in need of new recipes

  26. Amy
    September 6, 2012 at 9:31 am

    We love picnics and this year’s Labor Day was a perfect opportunity to go to our favorite High Park in Toronto and have a little fun with our children. But now that I’ve read your post I am looking forward to our next trip even more and I’ll definitely use some of the creative ideas shown in your pictures.

  27. September 7, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Oh my goodness! I don’t know if this salad should be eaten or left as a decoration!!!! I am copying…er… making this for sure!!! Mary, I hope we can meet someday… we are kindred spirits!!! I love everything you do!

  28. suvanna
    May 26, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Nice photos. Thanks for sharing :-D

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