Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Table For Two Beneath The Old Elm Tree

Happy Tablescape Thursdays! Please visit Between Naps On The Porch for more tablescapes.

Today's setting for 2 is set at our neighborhood park conveniently located across from our home.

Beginning next month, our neighborhood association sponsors our annual music in the park concert series.

The event attracts many neighbors and people from all over town. They bring picnic baskets and wine and have a good time. We usually stroll over the park early to stake out our traditional spot under this tree, open a bottle of wine with other delicious bites and enjoy the music with friends and neighbors.

I love the folding wagon to your left in this picture. It allowed me to carry everything here you see on a single trip. There was even room left for 2 more folding chairs and additional small table if the occassion called for 4 people. I purchased the wagon at Costco for $60.00 which was worth every cent. The cart folds conveniently and compactly for easy storage. I keep it in the back of our Jeep at all times. Great for shopping and hauling the beach gear.

The chocolate brown luncheon and paisley floral salad plates from Bed,Bath & Beyond. Linen napkin from Target. Stainless flatware by Mikasa.

The stemware are 2 of a set of 8 Murano glasses that were purchased by Dan's parents in Venice on a trip in the late 60's. The crystal glasses by Waterford.

The neighborhood park is a one mile oval shaped park ringed with trees framed by a decomposed granite walking/running path.

The park also includes, 2 tennis and basket ball courts, a playground,baseball diamond and several open spaces for festivals and sporting events.

Our Chow Chow Cocco and son Daniel love to chase each other in wide open areas of the park.

The picnic baskets were purchased from one of my favorite stores, William Glen. I love to bring the faux mink throw purchased from Target to add a bit of "luxe". Friends and neighbors laugh and call it my signature over the top presentation.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoyed my contribution to this weeks Tablsecape Thursday hosted by Susan with Between Naps On The Porch. Click on the image to visit more creative table settings.


Rettabug said...

Julio, only a designer like you would even consider bringing Waterford crystal & Murano glasses to a picnic in the park. I LOVE IT!!!

We have a similar event in our town's little park & GAZEBO every Sunday throughout the summer concert season. (I usually do KFC chicken & paper cups, though..LOL) You've inspired me to take it to a higher level. I even have a faux mink throw that I could use!!!

Thank you so much for your very kind comments tonight. They mean the world to me, especially coming from such a pro as yourself. I'm honored, truly.

Mega Hugs to you & your boys,

Tricia said...

What an inviting scene! Lucky you, to have such a setting right across the street! I know you'll enjoy the evening listening to music with your friends and neighbors.

Bill said...

Julio, if there were a Tablescape Thursday award for "most original," you'd win ... hands down! I love the flatware and the crystal is beautiful. The faux mink throw really is the finishing touch for creating a magical environment in a lovely natural setting. Happy Tablescape Thursday!

Kindest regards,

xinex said...

I love this, a very elegant picnic in the park! Beautiful everything Julio!.....Christine

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Julio, not only is this setting an inviting and relaxing spot, but you carried a sense of chic style and luxury into this serene setting. A most rare and perfect combo.

I just love the chairs with upscale pillows and the lovely linens napkins (Target, who'da thought!) and of couse the Waterford and Murano!

This is my kind of picnic~ now let's wait for some wonderful music!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting tonight. My visit to you was inspiring! A real pleasure.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Truly lovely, beats "a bottle of wine and a Dixie cup" by a mile-enjoy!

bj said...

OMGosh, this is so magical, I can't stand it. AWESOME is too soft a word to 'bout MAGNIFICENT !! I love every single thing you have done here.
Lucky you to live across the street from such a beautiful place.
xo bj

once in a blue moon... said...

love it all, heavy sigh~

Linda Q said...

Hi Julio,
Sorry I have been away, is my busy time of year and also now on some Grandma duty too.
Oh this looks so wonderful and relaxing! Gorgeous flatware and dinnerware, love it all. Makes me think hubby and I need a picnic sometime somewhere.
Hugs to the little American, darling boy.
And Hugs to you and Dan too!
Always enjoy your posts!!

vignette design said...

Yep, you win! This tablescape is the most original and elegant -- it absolutely should be in a magazine! You are so talented Julio! Love the "mink" throw and the crystal. Hope your family is doing well.

Mimi said...

How elegant, love the plates!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

What a great and completely stylish picnic setting! We have similar events in a park near our house and I can't wait to enjoy a summer evening outdoors listening to music! I especially love the colors you chose for the stemware and plates; the brown colors are earthy, yet mod, and match well with the picnic baskets, the "mink" throw and even the tree bark!

Anonymous said...

LOL I love that you think outside the box. I attended a tailgate party in SF at the 49er game and I was shocked to see people with china,fabric napkins and even caterers with them in the parking lot. I would love to see you at one of these tailgate parties.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Now that is a beautiful picnic! You did an amazing job with this, and I adore your dishes. I love the fact that you used your Waterford and Murano glass for the event. That makes it so much more festive!

Happy Tablescape Thursday!


Sheila :-)

Johanna said...

Julio, there is nothing left to say for me. Only to repeat: Everything looks gorgeously. I love this amazing natural scenery. What an unbelievable tree. And I love the plates with this nice pattern. I adore paisleys so much. They plates go so well with the additional pillows on the chairs. And with the flowers, glasses and cutlery they make a really sophisticated elegant picnic. That's how we should live. Enjoying in the beauty of the things and times.
Greetings, Johanna

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This looks like the most stylish picnic in town! Lovely.

The Tablescaper said...


How wonderful. But of course you would bring a faux mink throw. Why not? It's just the thing to add that special touch. I also love those paisley plates.. The things you could do with those..

I'm sure you're frequently asked the same question that is asked of me, "Where do you keep it all?". So in honor of my first blogiversary, I'm holding a meme on June 2nd appropriately named "Where do you keep it all?" Hope you'll come and join the party.

- The Tablescaper

Joanne Kennedy said...

Now this is a classy picnic in the park! Very nice. I love the over the top blanket.

Very romantic setting.


Miss Merry said...

What a special setting for a special picnic! I love your chairs, I love your baskets, I love your park - but I would die for the wagon! I have a little red wagon myself (which will not fit in the trunk of my new car). This is the wagon of my dreams! Thanks for sharing.

Lana said...

This vignette is so delightful! Elegant and rustic at the same time! Those BB&B plates work so well!

Hugs, Lana

too Blessed to Stress said...

Love your attention to detail!

We also have park events in the upcoming months. Such a great way to get out with the family :)

~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

Paris Atelier said...

Spo beautiful Julio! I want to get lost there!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Julio...I love it! It just feels sooo special to use "the good stuff" out doors on the lawn, doesn't it? What a wonderful park/event for the summer.
I have a faux fur throw a friend gave me for one of those birthdays that ends in a zero. ;-) It doesn't quite work in any of my I know just where I need to use it! :-)


Hi Julio, I love your tablescape in the park. I think it's wonderful that you aren't afraid to use your Waterford crystal and Murano glasses at your picnic. Love the lux throw! Thanks for sharing!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

LOL - waterford and Murano to a picnic - you're too grand! LOL Just the most exquisite picnic setting since Marie Antoinette!

Please tell Daniel his lazy lazy friend finally made it to the post office with his apron - he should be able to make lots of messes in a few days and not get paint or water on his clothes!

Janie's World said...

Oh, what a great time you must have picnicking and listening to music in your beautiful and luxurious setting. Love that wagon.

katiedid said...

Jeez Julio! You are making Sacramento look downright fabulous!!!! (But then we already knew that right?)I am heading over to Target to get those napkins.....your style is amazing and aren't we lucky to have such a great park in our 'hood?