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A Patriotic Picnic

If you've been following my IG account or read any previous blog posts, you know by now that I'm smitten with picnics. I'm always on the hunt for an ideal spot. Living in the hill country of Texas, you don't have to go to far or even look that hard. We are surrounded by beautiful nature and wide open spaces, lots of shady oak trees and wildflowers are plenty. Next level picnic, combining said picnic with one of my most favorite holidays and times of the year. Ahhhh, summer, Fourth of July and the golden hour. Does it get any better?! We have the most glorious sunsets here in hill country. But it can get relentlessly hot. Which means I like to pack a picnic that's light and refreshing, because frankly it's too darn hot to eat.....but of course not to drink :) Be sure you have lots of water to go along with your adult beverage of choice :)

 

I like to celebrate Independence day, well basically starting Memorial Day....I just can't wait until the 4th. Anyone else? My inspiration for a pre-patriotic picnic came courtesy of the Pioneer Woman. I was in Walmart, shopping for household cleaning supplies and minding my own business, you know really focused on task......when out of the corner of my eye, I saw a row of adorable vintage looking home goods. Well, I couldn't resist wandering down the aisle to get a closer look. It was love at first sight, I found the most adorable vintage garden salad plates and that jumpstarted my idea for an impromptu pre-4th of July picnic. I bought the plates, along with some adorable red dinner plates, the cutest clear vintage glass goblets and a matching garden pattern canister for a floral arrangement.

 

Pioneer Woman Collection 

Dinner Plate (here), Salad Plate (here), Clear Goblets (here) and Ginham Table Cloth (here)

 

 

 

I headed over to H-E-B (the best grocery store ever btw) and picked up some ingredients to make a watermelon greek salad that I found in the New York Times, they have amazing recipes! For my floral arrangement I got some fresh flowers. I chose white hydrangeas, red alstromeria and blueish/purple daisies. Finally, grabbed one of my favorite summer wines, Becker Vineyards Chardonnay. Here's a tip, if you are ever at their vineyard, you can't buy the Chardonnay there. Only in stores.

 

 

Then I rushed home to put on a cute festive Fourth of July outfit on for date night with the hubby, arrange the flowers, whip up the salad and find some complimentary picnic items I had at home to tie it all together. I was all set. I knew the perfect spot for our picnic, under 3 majestic oak trees just down the road from where we live. Now it was time to create some patriotic all-American picnic magic! I wasn't aiming for perfection just fun.....this took about 45 mins to prepare food, flowers and set up, seriously. I've provided the recipe to the watermelon greek salad at end of post!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday America!!! I hope this inspires you to get out there and enjoy the beauty of our amazing country! 

 

 

4th of July Recipe Idea:

Watermelon Greek Salad 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

Watermelon

Feta Cheese

Black Olives

Cucumber

Spinach Leaves

Mint Leaves

 

Dressing

Olive Oil

Red Vinegar

Salt & Pepper

Honey

 

 

 

 

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