Have I ever got a fun post to share with you today!
It’s been hard to wait and not post too early! I love my photos, I had fun with the photo shoot and fall is just so much fun. So beautiful and wonderful and amazing. And my little garden shed in my back yard was the perfect backdrop for a Fall Picnic.A picnic that involved plaid blankets to sit on, cedar wood slices for a centerpiece, beautiful, scrumptious caramel apples, fresh pressed cider to drink, popcorn and more apples for beauty and for more munching.
I created this Fall Picnic with elements I had on hand, like the plaid blankets, the vintage table and benches, the old bedspring and the plaid pennant banner in the background for a bit of fun, easy decor. I purchased the most amazing dipped apples from Winan’s a local coffee shop.
*little tidbit of trivia – I go past this coffee shop every day – TWICE a day in fact – since I am taking my daughter to and from school. A lot of my spending cash is ending up there due to the absolute deliciousness of their coffee – sugar-free caramel breve please, size double. And did I mention they have a drive up window? So convenient 😀 *
My parents picked up some fresh-pressed apple cider and apples for me to round add to the Fall Picnic. And delivered it to me. (that’s how I get done all I get done peeps – I have HELP!)
I have to take the time to insert here that my cider came from Downing Fruit Farm. Best apple cider ever. I took my girls there on a field trip a few years ago. They informed us that a secret to their wonderful blend is that it IS INDEED a BLEND! There are at least FIVE different kinds of apples in every batch. It works. Every drink of cider I’ve ever had from them over the years has been wonderful.
And the best way to drink it is to freeze it and then let it thaw in the fridge and start using it when it’s all slushy. Yum.
I used a wool fabric piece folded in thirds for to put across the table. I love plaids and wool for fall.
The cedar slices of wood are from a cedar tree we cut down on our property years ago. The log has been lying along our side fence row ever since. When I was fluffing the house a couple weeks ago for a Fall Home Tour I asked my husband if he could saw up that log for me. I love the color and texture of the log slices for fall and the three slices stacked perfectly for a centerpiece. All I had to do for this Fall Picnic centerpiece was add my white pedestal cake plate filled with the luscious caramel dipped apples.
The darling little garden shed in the background sits in my back yard. I will pull together a post one of these days and show you what it started as and how it came to be in my back yard. We just got the white stain added to it earlier this fall and I am loving it so much. The doors we created ourselves using some old doors salvaged from an old house. In fact, everything about this little building is salvaged at this point except the stain and maybe a small bit of hardware. I’ll have to double check with my hubby when I get around to putting the post about this building together.
The Deluxe Dipped Apple. Caramel, Chocolate, pecans, drizzled white chocolate. Divine.
Want to know a little secret? (Well it’s really not a secret but it sounded good.)
Our yard doesn’t have a lot of pretty leaves. We have a TON of leaves, just not pretty ones. And my hubby keeps them cleaned up pretty well as they start coming down. So when I was styling this table for my photo shoot I thought we needed some pretty leaves on the ground for more of a Fall feeling.
First my daughter went over to the neighbors and filled a bag with some pretty leaves. I used those on the table. Then we decided we needed a bunch UNDER and AROUND the table. Sack fulls weren’t really getting us the look we needed so we used got the wheelbarrow and hauled in a wheelbarrow load.
About halfway through I felt a bit guilty about dragging leaves INTO the yard when my husband worked most evenings to get the leaves OUT of the yard.
Don’t all our hauled-in leaves look great around our Fall Picnic? I told my husband when he got home and saw the set-up that I would rake them up. He shrugged and said ‘Why? I’ll just use my blower and take care of them.”
The caramel on these apples tastes like it was made in your Mother’s kitchen just this morning. It is truly the best ever.
The apples cut so perfectly, a triangle slice sliding right out, exposing the juicy center of the fruit. We cut those apples into wedges and they were promptly gobbled down by girls, Mom, and Grandma. And we saved a bit for Dad 🙂
This family loves the stuff as you can see here – I could hardly hold them back from the goodies on the table long enough to get all the shots I wanted!
The vintage table and benches we found tucked up in the rafters of the garage at my Grandma’s house when we were cleaning out my Grandma’s house. I promptly claimed them. I plan to paint them white come springtime.
Do you have Fall Picnics? Do you love plaid and wool and apple cider? How about some caramel dipped apples? There is still time to have your own Fall Picnic 🙂