Maybe next week I will examine something fall-ish or back-to-school related, but since it's going to be another ninety degree day here in Ohio...I am just going to keep clinging to hot Summer fun.
A few weeks ago, The Hubby's Uncle Joe asked if he could come down to visit us for the day. While excited that he wanted to pop down to visit us, we were a bit puzzled as to what sparked this impromptu day trip.
Fantastic antique ephemera from OldPaperAndPages etsy shop. The picnicking piggy print.
We thought he must REALLY want to get some City Barbecue. I am not lying when I say that it is worth driving two and a half hours to eat lunch there...I digress...back on track...
Uncle Joe wanted to give my Hubby a little surprise...
He presented us with our very own vintage picnic set.
Now this isn't just any picnic table and benches, it was the one that belonged to my Hubby's Grandpa John, that our Uncle Joe lovingly restored to give to us. Talk about great provenance. Talk about a great Uncle!
This picture is from the Hubby's personal family photo archives. Actual photo of Uncle Joe, Lil Cousin Jackie, and Auntie Adeline, enjoying a picnic c.1980's, not on the actual picnic set given to us. I felt the photo was still relevant though...
because it is what inspired my Unique Picking this week, Picnic Pandemonium!
Great finds from amazing etsy sellers with more Summer fun and eating in the hot sun, at a picnic in mind.
From "pique nique" to "picnic"
Pique Nique: "the French piquer means to pick at food; nique means something small of no value. The word was accepted by the Academie Francaise in 1740 and thereafter became a universally accepted word in many languages," Food Timeline website.
Picnic: " pleasure party including an excursion to some spot in the country where all partake of a repast out of doors: the participants may bring with them individually the viands and means of entertainment, or the whole may be provided by someone who 'gives the picnic' " ---Oxford English Dictionary [Clarendon Press:Oxford], 2nd edition, Volume XI (p. 779) "the oldest print evidence of the word picnic in the English language was in 1748" according to The Food Timeline website.
Original printed illustration of a picnic adventure from 1872 book of poems from Elizabeth100's etsy shop.
1966 Reader, Outdoors and In, by O'Donnell found in Callooh Callay's etsy shop.
Perfect for picnics! Set of vintage pastel plastic divided trays and matching mugs from Vintage American Collectibles.
As always, let's be civilized. Cutlery is a must!This vintage cookbook, It's a Picnic!, could inspire your fare. This great, 1969 cookbook can be found in REdesignkc's etsy shop.