A Caribbean {Floating} Island Picnic


I’m joining The Novel Bakers for Picnic Week!

I had some end of summer fun on our Caribbean {Floating} Island,

our pontoon boat, docked instead of floating, for this Caribbean Picnic!


A hula table skirt swag, tropical floral bunting, paper lanterns and

flamingos set the stage for a Caribbean Island Picnic.


A picnic caddy holds the essentials including sunscreen and sunglasses. . .



And some fruit infused water will keep you hydrated for your day in the sun.




Colorful striped melamine plates and flatware are carefree and make for easy island picnicking. . .


And we’re enjoying Caribbean Cold Rice Salad,

good chilled or served at room temperature,

recipe courtesy of Picnic by Dee Dee Stovel.


Picnic by DeeDee Stovel:

 Picnics are fun, casual, and somehow the food just tastes better in a beautiful outdoor setting.

In PICNIC, DeeDee Stovel offers 29 picnic event ideas with more than 125 recipes – packable repasts from an informal Berry Picking Picnic to an elegant Music Festival Picnic. Although PICNIC includes all of the traditional fare, the recipes for the soups, entrées, salads, and desserts are all a cut above the ordinary.

And when lazy summer days turn chilly, enjoy a Sports Booster Picnic, a Fall Foliage in New England Picnic, and an Après-Ski Picnic. Wine and beer selections accompany each menu. Plus picnic lore, packing to go, the perfect picnic basket, rainy day alternatives, and much more. It’s an all-American feast!


*Caribbean* Cold Rice Salad, Serves 8 (I made half a recipe)


6 cups cooked brown rice

¾ cup dried currants (I soaked in hot water to plump for 10 minutes, then drained)

½ cup toasted slivered almonds

1 Granny Smith apple, chopped (I soaked it in pineapple juice prior to assembling to prevent it from oxidizing)

1 medium purple onion, chopped (I used less)

1 medium green bell pepper seeded and chopped (I used half orange, half yellow bell pepper for color instead)

¼ cup capers

½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger



½ cup white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon dry mustard (I substituted Dijon mustard)

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

 ½ teaspoon ground mace (I omitted)

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Freshly ground black pepper

¾ cup vegetable oil (I used extra light olive oil)


In a large bowl, mix together rice, currants, almonds, apple, onion, pepper, capers, and ginger.

 Place all ingredients except oil in *blender and to make dressing and blend. With machine running, slowly drizzle in the oil until mixture is creamy. *If using Dijon mustard instead of dry, you can add dressing ingredients to a jar and shake vigorously.


You can find a printable recipe here.


 Caribbean Island Shrimp Kabobs


Caribbean Island Shrimp Kabobs


1 cup fresh orange juice

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 1/2 lb. peeled and deveined large raw shrimp

*Wooden or metal skewers

*If using wooden skewers, soak skewers in water for 30 minutes before assembling the kabobs.


Whisk together all ingredients in a large shallow dish or zip-top plastic freezer bag; add shrimp. Cover  or seal, and chill 30 minutes. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Remove shrimp from marinade, reserving marinade. Thread shrimp onto skewers.


Grill shrimp, 2 minutes on each side or just until shrimp turn pink. Meanwhile, bring reserved marinade to a boil in a small saucepan, and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat; drizzle over grilled shrimp.

Printable recipe, here.


Tropical Fruit Salad with Toasted Coconut inspiration is from

 Picnics & Tailgates: Good Food for the Great Outdoors

(Williams-Sonoma Outdoors)


I didn’t use tropical fruit other than pineapple but the magic ingredient in the salad is the toasted coconut. Toast it on a baking sheet at 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes, watch carefully since happens quickly!

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


“A picnic is more than eating a meal, it’s a pleasurable state of mind.”

~ DeeDee Stovel, Picnic


Caribbean {Floating} Island Picnic Details:

Melamine Plates, Tablecloth, Placemats / Kohl’s

Hula Leaf Placemats & Tray / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Napkins / Target

Embossed Fruit Beverage Dispenser/ Pfaltzgraff

Glasses / HomeGoods, several years ago

Galvanized Bottle/Picnic Caddy, Pottery Barn

Flatware / World Market/ a year ago

Flamingo, Hula Table Skirt Swag, Floral Bunting & Paper Lanterns / Hobby Lobby


Disclaimer: The Captain of the Caribbean does not condone nor approve of

frolicking flamingos, tropical bunting or hula skirt swags on his vessel.

He did however approve of the menu :)


Bring your appetite and your virtual picnic basket and visit Jain, Michael Lee and Linda for Picnic Week.

Jain, a quiet life

Michael Lee, Rattlebridge Farm

Linda, More Fun Less Laundry

Caribbean Pontoon Picnic

Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

 Metamorphosis Monday


  31 comments for “A Caribbean {Floating} Island Picnic

  1. Lynn R
    September 10, 2014 at 7:27 am

    So pretty and what a wonderful salad. I am going to try that. I wish I could come to the Caribbean and enjoy the day with you and sip the fruit water (maybe with a little rum added to it :)!

  2. September 10, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Oh my gosh – this makes me want to be in the Caribbean with every one of those dishes for lunch after a morning dive! They look so good and, of course, your details are all great. Your sidebar on your blog is so full of eye candy, I was having a hard time focusing! Beautiful!

  3. Linda
    September 10, 2014 at 7:38 am

    What an incredible three days of out of the ordinary picnics! I’m always a fan of your posts, but the last three have really been impressive.

  4. September 10, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Docked or afloat, our boat has never looked so good or had such beautiful vittles!

  5. Melissa Smith
    September 10, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Mary….the ball is out of the park…home run!!!!

  6. September 10, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I loved the disclaimer at the end, Mary! I’m sure the Captain did approve of the food, but your readers loved the setting on the pontoon. What a fun themed party for us to enjoy via your blog. The food is all so colorful with lots of different spices along to tingle the palette. Wow!

  7. September 10, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Mary, As soon as I saw your opening photo I thought to myself, Oh the Captain is NOT going to like this!! How did you ever get that flamingo past him? heehee! But, I love it!!!! From the hula skirt swag to the tropical colors, all is perfect to set the mood. And then there is the food — I would like a bite of everything. You will see my attempt at the tropical fruit salad later this week, but I’d like a spoonful of yours right now. I just love all the colors here! You have captured the Caribbean feeling perfectly –I can believe I’m there now. Linda

  8. RS
    September 10, 2014 at 8:59 am

    This week of picnics is such a delight! Thank you again and again.

  9. September 10, 2014 at 10:27 am

    omg girl, that first pic has me smiling like a mad woman! when you told me caribbean i was curious, but i glimpse flamingos, orchids, tropical bunting, grass shacks, i know i am in for same dang fun! the smiles is stretching so wide at the vibrancy of your day! loving your grass mats with greens, i adore how your always go full throttle on fun!

    i LOVE your shrimp kabobs served in a jar, what a perfect plan! not to mention i am exceedingly hungry after visiting in provence and now landing in the caribbean… i so enjoy shrimp, how did i miss this! your salad looks as lush as the tropics~

    oh what a wonderful voyage, all you needed was the book cinnamon and gunpowder to feel the thrill of being pirates with your captain thinking about the mutiny he had on hand with his flamingos~

    THAT WAS FABULOUS! thanks so much for keeping the fun with books alive~

  10. Peggy Thal
    September 10, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Looks like a wonderful and fun party! Love the beautiful food and drinks. I would love to be invited.

  11. Betty819
    September 10, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Oh my Gosh, does everything look so tropical and the food photos is making my mouth water, especially the fresh fruit on the fresh pineapple half. Love that silverware and napkins, where were you able to purchase them? Was this a stationary picnic aboard the boat with all the glass decantor and other glassware displayed? Your idea to transport a salad in a mason jar is unique. Gosh, since joining Pinterest, I have seen so many uses for mason jars besides canning use. Probably takes up less room than a plastic storage container.Mary,.Thank you again for sharing your ideas and beautiful photos. Your blog always brighens my day!

  12. Susan
    September 10, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Mary, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! You knocked it out of the park with this one and I can’t wait to make the wonderful shrimp kabobs, salad and fruit dishes. Everything about this is beautiful and fun!! Thanks for always bringing so much beauty to our daily blog reading!! Have a wonderful day!!

  13. September 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I can almost see the ‘eye rolls” by the Captain of the Caribbean every time you come up with an idea on the pontoon…but your ideas are always fun, specially when the flamingos frolic all over the vessel

    You can sail away to a Caribbean island and feel completely at home…

  14. Backin9
    September 10, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    LOL! I laughed aloud when I read your disclaimer! I was wondering where he was as I looked through the pictures! My captain wouldn’t approve, either! Printed the recipes! Thanks!

  15. Pam Greer
    September 10, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Gorgeous!!! I need those jars! I have one of those handled racks too, but haven’t figured out what to put in it, your jars work perfectly!

  16. September 10, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    You have me dancing the hula Mary! This is too much fun! I don’t know what my husband would do if I started decorating his boat, but with your tempting foods I would have some bargaining power! What a great place to enjoy your island menu, the pineapple fruit boats are a real show stopper! I also love the placemats and your pink flamingo!

  17. September 10, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Love, love these recipes! All is so refreshing and great for entertaining. Good job with the table setting as well! I can utilize the jars you sent me! Yum!

  18. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    September 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Looks like you had some fun Mary-a great setting and food! Enjoy the last of the nice weather as long as you can, it sure feels like it’s beginning to turn into fall here:@)

  19. September 10, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    You are so creative and no one dresses up a pontoon boat better than you. The food looks delicious too.

  20. September 11, 2014 at 7:44 am

    I always enjoy your picnics on the boat…they are always so very festive and I am always amazed at the creativity of your decor…the salad looks wonderful and I love how you used a grass skirt for bunting!!…I also love that beverage dispenser….wondering if that is still available thru Pfaltzgraff….beautiful…

  21. September 11, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Colorful, fun, delicious! I love it,Mary!

  22. September 11, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I am SO glad I didn’t miss this!!! I love, LOVE the hula placemats!!! They are the perfect detail! I was wondering how the Captain felt about your picnics. I sure hope that after all this work, the meals you prepare are “what’s for dinner” that night. I just wish we could join you!!! Love the hula skirt waving in the breeze!!! Love it all.

  23. Erika
    September 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Looks vibrant and beautiful. Rice salad looks yummy.

  24. September 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Love the colourful photos.Each photos tells the fun part of the picnic.Hope you had a lovely time…Love sujatha…:):)

  25. franki
    September 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    This made ME HAPPY!!! Smooth gliding, etc! franki

  26. September 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

    That is very cute! Thanks for joining HSH!

  27. August 13, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Oh, wow! May I please come to your party? I am definitely trying your rice recipe.

  28. August 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Lovely pictures and love the island vibe!

  29. August 13, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Woohoo I love this! The food looks perfect for this Caribbean inspired theme! I do love toasted coconut too!

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