Gone Fishin’ Picnic


I’m joining The Novel Bakers for Picnic Week!

We’ve been busy packing picnic baskets, baking, and cooking up recipes for a couple of months in anticipation of picnic week, from a host of books full of inspiration, delicious menus and theme picnics!


I had some inspiration for a Lakeside Fishing Picnic from

Picnics by Hilary Heminway & Alex Heminway 


“A picnic is classically defined as a meal eaten outdoors on an excursion. But why settle for that when you can experience a Sunset Romance Picnic, a Snowshoe Picnic, or even a Dinner Picnic in Bed? Hilary Heminway and Alex Heminway share dozens of creative ways to take a meal outside, whether the sun is just coming up for the day or romantically dropping in the sky, in the heat of summer or during a winter’s chill. All-season picnics include: Sunset romance, boat on a lake, snowshoeing in the woods, rodeo tailgate, riverside barbecue, horseback riding, dog pack, picnic for children, and rainy day.”


A minnow bucket is serving as centerpiece with Queen Anne’s Lace

 for a table on our dock at the lake for this Gone Fishin’ Picnic.


 Aluminum fish plates, landed at Pottery Barn several years ago

join a fishing net I reeled in as a tablecloth.


Freshwater Asian clam shells littering the dock and

left by resident muskrats dot the shoreline of the table.


My husband’s grandfathers tackle box, complete with some vintage reels and lures

is joining the fun and ready for a little action.


 And a Falls City Air Breather Minnow Bucket is toting the Catch of the Day,

a Fennel and Apple Tuna Salad with Pita Pockets.


Gone Fishin’ Tuna Salad


15 ounces solid light canned tuna, drained

1/2 cup chopped fennel

1/2 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Pepper to taste


Mix mayo with next 8 ingredients. Combine tuna, fennel and apple and mayo, mixing well. Chill to allow flavors to meld.

You can find a printable recipe, here.


A fish planter is angling to function as a wine chiller

for a bottle of Fish Eye Pinot Grigio. . .



And I reeled in some Goldfish Crackers for snacking.


Cucumber-Avocado Soup with Tomato Salsa caught my eye

for a cool summer soup to tote along for a picnic from

Picnics & Tailgates: Good Food for the Great Outdoors (Williams-Sonoma Outdoors)


Creamy avocado and cool cucumber are pureed in a food processor with some chicken broth, lemon juice, sour cream (I substituted Greek yogurt), a little salsa and green onion.

Season with salt & pepper and chill for 2 to 8 hours for flavors to meld.


Garnish with a little salsa, I added some cucumber and parsley to garnish with too, topped with a Goldfish Cracker.


You can find a printable recipe from Williams-Sonoma, here.



No picnic is complete without a sweet ending. . .


 Pretzels make an edible fishing rod for cupcakes with baker’s twine, a sturdy line for landing a Goldfish Graham.




Bring your appetite and your virtual picnic basket and visit Jain and Michael Lee for Picnic Week, along with special guest baker Linda.

Jain, a quiet life

Michael Lee, Rattlebridge Farm

Linda, More Fun Less Laundry

Gone Fishin' Picnic

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  36 comments for “Gone Fishin’ Picnic

  1. September 9, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Mary, those cupcakes are too darn cute! The photo on the Lakeside Fishing Picnic book caught my eye. You put a lot of time into these picnics for us to enjoy, so thank you!

  2. September 9, 2014 at 6:39 am

    What an adorable picnic, I love it,

  3. September 9, 2014 at 6:55 am

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG……and everything about it……always an inspiration. Thank you for all your hard work to make it so beautiful for us all!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. September 9, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I so look forward to your emails! They just make my day. Loved the fishing theme. So inspirational !
    Have a great day!🌴😊

  5. September 9, 2014 at 7:15 am

    This is just wonderful! You always overwhelm us with your attention to detail, Mary! That soup looks tasty. I’ll have to try it. And the cupcakes are darling! What a clever way to decorate them! How does this Novel Bakers concept work? It doesn’t look like it’s a link party. How does one join future events? Is it even possible?

  6. September 9, 2014 at 8:25 am

    This is such fun, Mary! I love it all.Reminds me…I should bring the minnow bucket back to the apartment for a little fallishness.

  7. Jan McF
    September 9, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Your tablescape is so creative and darling! Love the fish plates!

  8. September 9, 2014 at 8:28 am

    You had me reeled in from the first photo of your table on the dock! My favorite all time post of yours was the Christmas tree on the dock decorated with old fishing things and this is a summer version! I can’t believe your husband has his grandfather’s tackle box, that is incredibly special! I think tuna salad packed with pita pockets on the side is such a brilliant picnic idea, as well as the cool creamy soup~your perfect and practical aluminum fish plates are too fabulous in your netted table setting with the minnow bucket! And everyone needs a catch of the day cupcake for dessert! Love love it all Mary!

  9. September 9, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Mary, I would love to get inside your head someday and see where all these ideas are whirling around–from the cupcake toppings to the goldfish crackers in the soup and the fish eye thirst quencher!! I have been eyeing that soup recipe and your photo makes me want it right now for breakfast! The tackle box is really a treasure and I’m guessing you raided your hubby’s stash for those lures and nets and buckets (although the hole-y one is quite puzzling!). So glad it is Picnic Week! Linda

  10. September 9, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Like Another Linda says, I’d love to get inside your head and see where all these ideas originate. You are amazing with your creative versatility. You make me think I’m a little lazy when it comes to taking the next step as I so focus on simple.

  11. September 9, 2014 at 9:25 am

    We stumbled over here from a different website and thought I should check things out.
    I like what I see so now i’m following you.
    Look forward to finding out about your web page yet again.

  12. Melissa Smith
    September 9, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Your killing me Mary! That tablescape is out of this world beautiful!!!!! OMW!!! Every detail I love..those cupcakes WOW tooo darn cuuuute!

  13. September 9, 2014 at 9:27 am

    oh my freaking goodness, i LOVE THIS! i still remember your fishing tree, but this is even more enticing! the tablecloth alone is genius in your setting… i adore the teak table and chairs too.

    isn’t this a fabulous book. i thought it was very creative photography, only to be rivaled by you ;-) OF COURSE YOU WOULD DO THE FISHING THEME! this is truly another one of your masterpieces… dare i say… PICTURE PERFECT?

    look at your fish scale pita bread… you are relentless in your detail :-) your photos are always like where is waldo to me, just look for all the hidden nuances, mary will always have it all, subtle, yet perfect~

    how did you like the soup? i am scared to heat or puree avocados, its a taste i fear, once you taste an over ripe hot avocado you are scared for life!

    look at your dessert… dang you make me smile!

    oh i just hate to leave the dock now, that was so darn fun, thanks for keeping the novel bakers wrapped in edible beauty, its always a great day for a picnic now isn’t it!

  14. Barb Diffenderfer
    September 9, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Mary, I have been checking out your blog for close to a year, and this is your BEST table to date! Everything is perfect! Good use of textures, color and flowers. Keep up the Great Work!

  15. Debbie
    September 9, 2014 at 10:31 am

    This THE CUTEST! Love it!

  16. franki
    September 9, 2014 at 10:38 am

    We just celebrated our grandson’s 9th b-day with a “fishing theme.” Yours is just fantastic! Have you seen a “goldfish” plant ( Columnea gloriosa) mine is currently blooming with “goldfish” all over. Off to play the card game – “Go Fish.” franki

  17. Carolyn
    September 9, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Oh, Mary! You’ve done it again! How this blog post ignites my imagination! My husband is a fisherman, and we too own a small lakehouse in OK! Gotta try out some of these many inspirations at our little getaway soon! Thank you ever so much. You are one very gifted gal!

  18. Ellen
    September 9, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Mary, I am an Interior Designer, practicing in the state capitol of California, and I must say I see loads of terrific design, but baby girl, Lordy you are a MASTER! This may be one of my favorite vignettes ever……… Cheers

  19. September 9, 2014 at 11:22 am

    GIRL!!!!!!!!! You never miss a beat, or a detail. I know you must work so very hard to put these posts together and so I think you for that because they DELIGHT every one of us. Those cupcakes are too adorable, I don’t know how you come up with your ideas! A pretzel stick fishing rod!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing. Now I want to go make that tuna salad for lunch. Thanks!!!! This is a fabulous series you girls have put together.

  20. September 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I’m in, hook, line, and sinker! You do know how to pull off any theme to perfection. I so love visiting your lakeside abode, Mary. The fishnet tablecloth is so clever, and the cupcakes are really cute. I’m sending the idea to my sister for her grands. The details of this picnic are over the top. I need to order a copy of this book. It looks great!

  21. Pam Greer
    September 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Absolutely perfect! Even down to the Fish Eye wine!

  22. September 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Mary, God has blessed you with a talent and imagination that has no bounds!
    I was going to say you got me hook, line and sinker…but someone else beat me to it…

  23. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    September 9, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I’m always drawn to nautical/fishing themes Mary and this is a picnic I would have loved to attend! Those napkins are some of my favorites and your cupcakes are adorable:@)

  24. paula
    September 9, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I totally agree, and was thinking the same thing. You sure plan ahead and the results are excellent !!
    I truly admire all you put together and share with us.
    tHANK yOU MarY !!

  25. September 9, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I can always count on your phenomenal ways that you theme your table…from the “goldfish on the line” cupcakes to that adorable fish planter/wine cooler!…I always have to scroll back and forth to get in every single beautiful and creative detail of the table it the surroundings!…of course you are serving “tuna salad”…I know I will enjoying this series!…Thanks for putting a smile on our faces every day!!

  26. Backin9
    September 9, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Just adorable! I look to theme my fishing and boating trips! Check out Martha Stewart’s “Chesapeake Bay Snack Mix” ! It’s a big hit! And Pepperidge Farm’s little fish breads make perfect tuna sandwiches! We’re done with scallop season here on the Gulf coast of Florida, and looking forward to cooler days for fishing and bicycling ~ and picnicking! Thanks for the inspiration!

  27. September 10, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Your hubby is a lucky man to share a picnic with you, Mary! What a darling lakeside table and the food…oh my! I was drooling and then to find the cute cupcakes at the end. What a finale!! They’re so simple and my grandkids would love it.

  28. September 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Amazing….too cute!

  29. September 10, 2014 at 10:32 am

    How absolutely CHARMING! I tend to gravitate toward any type of fish dinnerware or serving pieces, so just fell in love with this clever, casual picnic. And now, of course, I’ll be searching the library website for books on picnics. Your posts are always inspirational.

  30. September 11, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Cute theme – I love how you carried through so well…especially the Fish Eye wine!! Cupcakes are adorable and your chicken salad looks so tasty – gorgeous setting!

  31. September 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Mary you always have the most beautiful spreads! Love this theme and I pinned that tuna salad, it looks amazing!

  32. September 21, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Hi, Mary! I’m super late to visit. I’ve been down with really bad continuing back problems. Ugh! NOT my idea of fun, especially when my favorite time of year is rolling in!

    This is really terrific! I like each and every element!!! It’s so well done that I don’t think a man would be the least bit intimidated by it. I think he would just shimmy on up to the table – waders and all still intact, of course! – and appreciate the effort and love put into the table! If you’re lucky, he’ll even have a fish or two to grill up and contribute to the spread!

    Coriander and fennel in the tuna salad? Sounds good! I’ve never had it that way before. I’m always up for trying a little something new to jazz up that old standby!

    Have a wonderful week!

  33. September 26, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Excellent style and design and fantastic blog

  34. September 26, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    BELLO BLOG, BELLOS PERRITOS, BELLA DECORACIÓN…. SENSIBILIDAD Y GENEROSIDAD… Esto es lo que he encontrado en vuestro espacio.

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