I shared a peek at the gift I assembled for my dear friend’s wedding gift yesterday. It’s something I’ve been putting together for a while, and I’m really happy how it all came together. I also think it’s a fun idea for a great wedding/shower/housewarming/just because gift.
So, I thought I’d share what I included in the picnic basket, including the homemade pieces. Here’s the anatomy of a picnic basket, NewlyWoodwards style…
The idea began when I saw these plates at Joss & Main. (They aren’t available at Joss & Main anymore, but they are the Arbor Navy & Pink dinner plates.)
They screamed to me. “Buy these for your friend Ashley.” (Don’t online items ever speak to you?) They are fun and modern and hot pink. Perfect for her. And since Ashley’s wedding was coming up, I knew I could make these work for a gift. This was months ago, but I ordered them straight away with her soon-to-be married initial and decided that I’d include them in her gift in some way.
Then, I spotted these monogram silver napkin rings at Bed, Bath and Beyond. And I had to buy them, too. (Okay, and I bought some for Ryan and I, too. I’m nothing if not selfish.)
So at this point, I had a theme going on. Personalization is all the rage, so I decided to run with it. And I wanted her gift to be something unique and special, so the personalized picnic basket was born. I like this idea for a wedding gift because it’s something you’d never buy for yourself. But, how often do you have to bring things to a potluck or bring picnic-wares to an outdoor concert or tailgate? This is perfect for that, so I think it’s pretty practical.
And since the plates were navy, white and hot pink, I decided to stick with those colors as I was filling the basket.
I picked up these cute ric-rac napkins for a steal at Pier One. I like having white napkins, so versatile. I was planning to embroider them, but I thought they were cute as-is. And I was getting a little personalization-happy. (Is there even such a thing?)
I was on the look-out for a basket that would be useful for a cool, modern couple, but the normal wicker just didn’t fit. So, I ordered this fabulous collapsable market basket from Etsy seller Cupcake Stitches.
I really like this basket a lot. It’s great for a picnic, but just as useful for a trip to the farmer’s market.
To avoid disposable utensils, I picked up a set of four place settings from Target. They included a knife, fork and spoon for each.
I originally planned to make a roll-up placemat with pockets for the napkin and utensils that I found in the book One Yard Wonders. But, after I cut the pieces, they seemed pretty small and I wanted to use the napkin rings instead of sticking the napkins inside the pocket, so I improvised.
I ended up making this little caddy with the extra fabric I had leftover from the pot holders and casserole carrier I made for Ashley for her shower. I like that everything coordinates. And I thought it was handy to have a place for the silverware, so it doesn’t get lost in transit.
It rolls up, as you can see above on the far left.
I didn’t use a pattern, but it’s really pretty simple. It’s quite similar to the colored pencil holder I made for Shelby last year.
The cute melamine wine glasses are from Target. Perfect because there are two blue ones and two pink ones.
I also included a bottle of Asti in the basket. Because what good are wine glasses without sparkling wine?
And, finally my favorite part – the picnic blanket.
I didn’t want anything too fussy and I was hoping to pull in a monogram in some way.
I used Twirly Candy Pink for the top and Solid Candy Pink for the back. They are both medium-weight fabrics, which I think will hold up well. There is cotton batting in between, so it’s quite thick. I was able to use the same fabrics for all the gifts for them, and I like the consistency of that.
I cut the “C” out using Wonder Under and my Cricut. (So cool! This is the first time I’ve tried cutting fabric.)
But the coolest part, in my opinion, is that the blanket is super portable. You simply fold it in half twice and roll it up like a sleeping bag.
I made a cuff with a handle so it is easy to bring with you. I embroidered it with the couple’s wedding date and last name on my machine.
I may or may not have put it together inside out two times before getting it right. (That wasn’t annoying at all.) But, if it would have been right the first time, it would have been a quick project. In fact, I’d like to make one for Ryan and I to keep in the car.
For someone special in your life, a picnic basket could be a good gift idea. It takes a little time to assemble, but it’s a fun process and I love that the end result is personal and fun for the recipient.
I hope it’s something the couple enjoys and can use a lot. From a romantic picnic for two to tailgating or heading to a potluck. And if they are ever in the mood for a picnic for 4, I told the newlyweds to give the Woodwards a call. We’ll bring the wine.
What do you think?