A Fall Vintage Boho Picnic
What happens when you and one of your favourite ladies decide to put together the prettiest fall picnic with delicious food, gorgeous decor and have it captured by an incredible photographer (who also happens to be just the sweetest) ? Pure magic! *although I may be a bit biased! ;)
Justine and I wanted to celebrate fall like the cozy knit wearing, pumpkin loving, basic b's that we are (I kid!) and show that fall doesn't mean that you can't enjoy entertaining and eating outdoors still! Fall in fact is my favourite time to enjoy the outdoors when the weather chills ever so slightly and it's the perfect time to bring out those layers and enjoy the crisper mornings and warm afternoons.
Yesterday I talked a bit about mixing modern with vintage for a table setting and today I'm translating that to the outdoors! Justine and I pulled this setup together (and another one that's coming soon!) in a way that was simple, affordable and totally accessible.
So, what do you need to host your own modern meets vintage boho inspired outdoor picnic?
Palettes: Two palettes stacked on top of one another made for our makeshift table. Stacking the palettes isn't necessary but in doing so, raises the table slightly higher which was just a visual preference for us. One palette can hold four settings comfortably so it's easy to calculate how many you need. A quick search on kijiji should bring up a few resources to get them or else, get creative and call a few industrial businesses in your city to see if they have any they'd let you come pick up! Most companies that receive regular shipments will have them and many of them get recycled so they may as well get put to good use!
Area Rug(s): For that authentic bohemian inspired vibe you'll definitely want to layer as many blankets or area rugs as you can. We used a mixture of turkish towels, throw blankets, furs/faux furs and a hide rug to create the base for our modern meets boho picnic. Area rugs can be a bit more difficult to move and also more expensive so using the towels and throws helped with ease of set up (and afterwards - shake off, throw in the wash and you're done!) and cost as we used what we already had.
Dishes: Much like I said yesterday, don't be afraid to take a few risks and have some fun with your setting. Mix and match stoneware with wooden bowls, throw in a bit of glamour with vintage accents and don't take yourself too seriously. The more eclectic and mix and match sometimes the better! Especially for that outdoor boho inspired look. PS would you believe that our cutlery is plastic! (true story!!) I was so happy Justine pulled out some of her gorgeous vintage pieces, the way they contrast the more modern elements and the rustic palettes makes for a beautiful end result!
Cushions: When it comes to comfort you're going to want a) extra blankets for keeping cozy and b) cushions and ottomans to rest/lean/sit on. After all, despite the area rugs/towels on the floor you are essentially sitting on the ground so you'll want those comforts so you'll actually want to hang out around the table all day or night sipping on wine and noshing under the stars! *le sigh*
Food + Drink: Obviously if you're hosting an outdoor fall picnic you need some food and drink and Justine put together an incredible spread and made it look more beautiful than I've ever seen! Head to her blog today to see pizza look more beautiful than you've likely ever seen it and find out why this little girls break is so important to her and anyone else undergoing a major renovation.
And now scroll, enjoy and hopefully you'll be inspired to host your own outdoor autumn get together before the snow flies!
*HUGE thank you to the lovely Sharon Litchfield for joining Justine and I for an afternoon of wine, giggles, girl time and snapping these beautiful photos!