The Love Boat Pontoon Picnic


We had a break in the weather with sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50’s!


With a week-long forecast for rain, we decided to board The Love Boat for a cruise, bundled up with blankets for an early Valentine’s Day celebration!


Welcome Aboard~

Love is in the Air

and on the Bottle!


A life ring is provided for

some fruit and cheese~



And a basket is filled with a

few provisions for casual dining~




Before embarking, I made a stop at

World Market for some Valentine treats~


Chocolove comes wrapped

with a Love Poem inside~


And I found Cinnamon Heart Snacks

 to share with my Sweetheart~



Je T’Aime Brut Rosé ~ I Love You Bubbles for

Valentine’s Day, also from World Market~






A quick introduction to our crew~


Our Captain, occupied at the Bridge,

and who prefers not have his photo taken :)


And our Cabin Stewards in their cruise line

uniforms, enjoying a little fresh air & scenery~


They tend to sleep on the job, so we apologize

in advance for the state of your cabin :)


Love Boat Details:

Dishes & Mug~ Lauren Skylar & Skylar Floral/ HomeGoods, used here

Cheese Knife/ Pottery Barn

Sweetheart Snacks, Chocolove Bar, Je T’Aime Brut Rosé/ World Market

 Napkins/ Pier 1

Love Boat Cruise

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day Love Boat Pontoon Picnic | © #boat #pontoon #valentinesday

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  61 comments for “The Love Boat Pontoon Picnic

  1. February 13, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Oh Mary, your little cabin stewards all dressed up are darling. The JE’TAIME brut rose is too perfect. How I wish I could get to World Market by Thursday ( 80 miles away) but that can’t happen. Je t’aime is a special word for us. We love France and that would be such a special surprise and just right but I’ll save your find for another time. I am loving your LOVE BOAT ride and all the goodies in your basket. Keats and chocolate so just right too!

  2. February 13, 2013 at 6:31 am

    We have not had a break in the rain. It has rained Sunday-Today and lots of it. The adjoining county has flooding. I think we have gotten over 10 inches at my house. I have emptied my rain gauge twice so enjoy the clear skies. We needed the rain for average rainfall numbers but I am sorry for all the roads and bridges washed out.

  3. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    February 13, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Good help is hard to find Mary! Looks like you had a beautiful day, I assure you when I was a boat person our “cruises” never looked like this! Happy Valentine’s Day-enjoy:@)

  4. February 13, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Oh how I love your Stewards. They just couldn’t get any cuter. Love your picnic aboard the Love Boat also. And you can tell your hubby, he takes a very nice picture and not to be shy! Thanks for sharing your wonderful outing!
    xoxo Kathi

  5. February 13, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Wonderful! I know your stewards were disappointed that Honor did not win Top Dog. Perhaps they just need some to adjust and they’ll be back to taking good care of the ship! :D :D Whatever would we do without World Market? I’m afraid I’ve been staying away — I spend too much $$ when I visit them. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  6. February 13, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Oh how I LOVE this post! I keep going back to look at the photos of the picnic basket and your cheese tray…love the “charger”. Of course the cabin stewards are the sweetest in their “uniforms”. Thanks for a perfect Valentine’s Day cruise…now I’m headed to World Market. :)

  7. February 13, 2013 at 8:09 am

    So fun. Looks scrumptious and sounds like a good time was had by all!

  8. February 13, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Awh, how fun! What a neat way to display the food on the life ring! We had a beautiful (Bennington) pontoon some years ago. I know how nice they are to cruise around on. Your dogs look rather sporting in their attire and your captain does too!
    Back in the 70’s I bought a T-shirt with the words scrolled on it- Je T’aime but didnt’ even know what it said! A visititing friend saw it on me and read it out loud… “I love You”… and I thanked him- now I know what it means! (Remember we didn’t have the internet to run to back then!) I’m glad someone was educated! LOL…

  9. February 13, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Lucky for you to have a break in the weather. So happy to see you’re enjoying it to the fullest!

    – The Tablescaper

  10. Paula
    February 13, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Mary, What a treat for your sweetheart! I brought that same ChocBar at a healthfood store isn’t that the hoot!! I love the wrapping on it! I sure miss our World Market, the nearest one is 2 hours away, :( . Thanks for sharing your amazing Valentine’s cruise , what fun !

  11. Penny C. aquila
    February 13, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Beautiful…fun !!! love , love , & double love !!!

  12. February 13, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I love all the Valentine theme treats you picked up at WM.

    Your day looked wonderful!

  13. February 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

    What a fun post! Your stewards are so very lucky to be spending the day with you, I envy them! Love all your valentine treats…you put together a mean picnic!


  14. February 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

    What a fun time. I loved the name of the wine!!! All the pretty blankets make for a warm and cozy ride. The plates are fabulous.. Happy Valentine’s.. xo marlis

  15. February 13, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Well, it looks like Chloe and Gracie are taking a well deserved break as the “love boat” looks wonderful and it seems like everyone is getting ready to have a wonderful time!…Love the fruit and cheese tray in the life preserver..what a fantastic idea!…and of course I am crazy over the RL plates!!!….Happy Valentine’s Day!

  16. kim
    February 13, 2013 at 9:45 am

    How cute and nice boat.

  17. celeste meehan
    February 13, 2013 at 9:47 am

    what a lovely pictorial – i look forward to your posts because they always put a smile on my face! funny that you should mention that the captain didn’t want his photo taken – the first mate didn’t have hers taken at all! ;-)

  18. February 13, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Well, the Captain is handsome but the STEWARDS steal my heart!!! They look so Jaunty in their boating attire!!! I would certainly forgive them for sleeping on the job:):) This so reminds me of taking Joe’s Dad out on his pontoon with the 3 dogs who couldn’t get on the boat fast enough. I would LOVE to have a place where we could also have a pontoon. Have a VERY happy Valentine’s day with the captain!!!! How I LONG for a World Market!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  19. February 13, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Love this post! You do know how to cruise in style. And might I say your cabin stewards are by far the cutest and most stylish I have ever seen:)

  20. February 13, 2013 at 10:14 am

    This is much too wonderful to be real ! How blessed you are!

  21. Vicki Hollingsworth
    February 13, 2013 at 10:20 am

    What a beautiful Valentine celebration idea.It is 84 here in Florida today so we could do a boat ride on the lake.Love your beautiful pictures.

  22. February 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Looks like so much fun, Mary! I am ready for dining outdoors, by the water or on the back porch.

    I love those dishes!

  23. February 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

    How have I missed seeing that cool “Skylar Floral” pattern?!?!??!! What a great mix! I’m so glad you got a break in the weather so that you could enjoy a nice afternoon on the water with your affable crew…even the 2 lazy ones! :-) Your champagne flutes remind me of a very happy time. I love that sleek, sculpted look. Those Chocolove candies are pretty neat with the poem inside. Great marketing tactic by that company!!! Beautiful post, Mary!

  24. February 13, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Fun! I’ve got to get to World Market, I love that champagne, adorable. Happy V day!

  25. Marie
    February 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Love you sweet touch, you make everything look so beautiful.

  26. February 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Mary, I can’t tell ya how jealous I am….blue skies, you lucky duck! It’s so cold and {still} raining here. Our Crest is in storage, and I want to go for a boat ride soooooo badly. This is such a pretty post, and I now y’all had such a nice and romantic boat ride.

    We won’t be going back to the lake for at least three more weeks, then I know we’ll go back for Easter weekend and the official opening of our church for the season. YAY!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  27. February 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Where do I sign up for the Love cruise! It is all so wonderful, chocolate, wine and the ‘help’ is pretty darn cute!

  28. February 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Wishing we had a Love Boat cruise. So romantic. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  29. February 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    this is so adorable, when can i send you my deposit for the next cruise? i would like to request those little tarts be my stewards too please. refreshing and wonderful as ever, thank you for the bon voyage. wishing you a very happy valentines with your sweeties~

  30. February 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Your stewards are so adorable and with their little jackets, to cute.
    What a lovely way to celebrate Valentines Day. Your goody baskets looks so good.

    Glad you had a beautiful day. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Marilyn
    February 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    What a beautiful post. How I wish I was on the boat with you. We are recovering from this past weekend blizzard and could use a warm, day on the water. Always love the beauty of your posts. Thank you so much!

  32. February 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Oh, Mary… you just made my day! I don’t even wonder anymore how in the world you always find the perfect food, the perfect dishes, the perfect wines, the perfect napkins, the perfect everything to complement your themes…You just do.
    Chloe and Gracie are just the perfect cabin stewards (even if they fall asleep on the job!) and you have the perfect Captain manning your own Love Boat. How can life be any more perfect?! Treasure it!

  33. Bonbongirl
    February 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    What an ideal way to take advantage of unseasonal mid-February weather! The captain and crew look everso efficient, however, where’s a picture of the all important First Mate?!!! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  34. February 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    A cruise on the Love Boat with its handsome captain and adorable cabin stewards seems like the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, even if you had to do it a few days in advance!

  35. February 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    That, my friend, is THE LIFE.

  36. February 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Mary, how nice there was a break in the weather and just in time for this romantic occasion. It all looks so pretty, and don’t you just love having a ‘home’ away from home to fix up so prettily and to enjoy. Good looking crew you have also..Happy Valentine’s Day..Judy

  37. February 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Looks like a fun day on the boat! I love all of the Valentine touches – the wine, the cinnamon hearts – O.K, you had me at the wine – lol!! Those tartan plates are wonderful. Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow!

  38. February 13, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I came back to show this post to Trip. He’s jealous, too! ;P

  39. February 13, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Your captain is one lucky guy to have you prepare all those treats. The cabin stewards are too cute for words. You always find the most fun treats, Mary. Happy ❤ Day!

  40. February 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Hi Mary, I love those dishes and if I ever see them again they will definitely come home with me! Can’t think why Santa didn’t leave some here, too. Your handsome Captain must be happy to have those goodies for nibbling on while his first mate reads love poems to him. I wonder if Chloe and Gracie have a few bites too? They are just adorable in their little uniforms. I can’t imagine going out on a boat right now–it’s snowing again!

  41. February 13, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Mary, I love your two cabin stewards and their darling outfits! How cute are they… and beautifully groomed!
    I would love to be on a boat in February… with all those lovely dishes and fun goodies. Your cheese tray has my name on it… YUMMY! Did your tip your girls with a little snack too?
    As usual I leave so inspired and happy to be a faithful follower!
    Happy Valentine’s Day, my friend! xo

  42. February 13, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Oh my, just lovely! From the cheese/fruit/champagne, to the adorable pups, beautiful flowers, and heart shaped treats…it’s all so divine, love it!

  43. February 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Your cabin stewards look adorable in their cruise-line uniforms! They are just precious!

  44. February 13, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    That looks so idyllic, your pictures are beautiful and your Cabin Stewards are adorable. I have two Bichons as well, I think they are the best dogs in the world!

  45. February 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    So glad you could take a cruise on The Love Boat. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity, beautiful images and wit. Thanks for letting us cruise along with you. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  46. February 14, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Hi there Mary! What a beautiful and romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day!!! I just love the little steward outfits on Chloe and Gracie!! Adorable!! Hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!! xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  47. February 14, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Beautiful post! Chloe and Gracie are so cute in their little outfits!

  48. February 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Yes, your little cabin stewards really take the cake (or at least I suspect they would given half a chance!). The champagne and roses are so beautiful.
    But it is the plates I can’t get out of my head. I’ve been back to this post twice, and fussed around searching the internet to find some I could buy…. No luck, but I will add it to things I am searching for!

  49. February 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I love your pup’s little sweaters!
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and the pups!

  50. February 14, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Oh good, you were able to get out on the boat. We are counting the days until we get back to Maine and put ours in the water. My dog is much like your hubby and doesn’t like to have her picture taken, not at all like your cuties.

  51. February 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Aww, what a romantic cruise ♥ Love the crew and their uniforms. 50’s sounds pretty good right now! Happy Valentine’s Day, Mary!

  52. February 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    We sold our lake house a number of years ago, but I always loved the winter times there, maybe even more than the summer times. Love the plaids on board…especially on the crew. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Happy Valentine’s Day! Cherry Kay

  53. Rattlebridge Farm
    February 15, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    This is a dream picnic, and I enjoyed every picture and your narration. ! I love the tartan dishes, the scrumptious food, and your adorable stewards. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  54. February 16, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for a wonderful virtual boat ride with such wonderful treats! The “bubbly” looks wonderful! and your photos are fabulous!

  55. February 16, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Hi Mary,

    As usual, Gracie and Chloe had me at “Hello.” They are just too adorable!!! Aren’t you glad, though, that you hadn’t charted a course for the Gulf of Mexico? :)

    I love your beautiful plates, all the plaid, and that wonderful picnic basket. Your hydrangeas and camellias look lovely, too. This looks like the perfect romantic weekend.

    Visiting from Seasonal Sundays — have a wonderful weekend!


  56. February 17, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Mary –
    As usual, you gifted us with a most creative and lovely post. After all of the bad press that cruising has had this week, it’s a lovely thing to imagine being on YOUR cruise with your charming and handsome crew. Great post!
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  57. March 23, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Even though I am discovering this a bit late, I thoroughly enjoyed your creativity and amazing photos. What a beautiful way to celebrate with your husband! I have saved many to my Pinterest and I will be visiting often!

  58. October 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    You have put such a lot of love and effort into your boat, what an inspiration! We love all the beautiful personalised details of all the interiors and your picnic looks absolutely delicious! I’m sure it must have been a very Bon voyage!

  59. April 27, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Your article is amazing!!!! I loved it! But the photos…They are just something out of this world! Have you taken any photography classes? You did an amazing job!
    Also I have a Bennington boat and definetely will spend next Valentine’s Day like you. Well at least I will try to do it like you=D

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