Monday, October 4, 2010

Old Fashioned Picnic

Setting out the pens & ink for guests to sign, the cool breeze & clear skies let us know it would be beautiful weather for an Autumn picnic.
As we brought out our baskets and began to set the tables, quite a few curious on-lookers stopped by :) Everyone seemed excited to hear about our event!

I set out fresh flowers from the Cottage...



Smoked Turkey Salad sandwiches
Pickled Okra
Homemade Crackers
Fresh Fruit
Harvest Pear Muffins
Potato Salad
Peach Preserves & Jelly
Apple Juice

My brother getting out his artwork...
It was nice having the option to sketch or read.
Local apples and a variety of grapes...
All the families arrived promptly, and it was so encouraging to see everyone! Some we knew, others we'd never met! One family drove from out of state to attend :)

Playing Croquet with the girls...
The young men began a game of Badminton...

A few more joined in the game!


~Table setting~

The wearing of a shawl adds a softness to the attire..and its very practical :)

Meeting a friend for the first time!

It's amazing that through this blog, it's connecting so many who are of like-mind. As we all engaged in fellowship, I had a delightful time hearing the different stories of everyday life...we had many laughs!


Beginning a new game...

~My Dad and brother eating lunch.~

A few Ladies began another game of Croquet...


Fathers in conversation...


My Mother taking pictures of the children.

As the toddlers took turns chasing the ball, it provided them so much entertainment! We enjoyed watching them :)


A Mother and her sons...

After a few hours, we packed up our picnic and carpooled through the small town to a local Wildlife preserve and rescue center.


Through the trails, we stopped to admire the native wildlife...


Playing around in the Barn...


"And all of this world, is for children who play

Days that never end always should remain

Another perfect day"

--'Perfect Day' lyrics from the Tales of Beatrix Potter

The simplicity of the picnic made the day so memorable. Nothing was structurally planned, which allowed for sweet fellowship & getting to know each other better. I'm so thankful for all the families who attended and made it special!


sarah said...

Thanks so much for having the picnic Mia! It was so wonderful to meet you and your family. :)

Emily of A Beautiful Life said...

It looks like it was a wonderful and delightful picnic! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting the picnic was a lot of fun!-Oriana

MamaAnt said...

Thank you for the picnic Mia. We had a delightful day and such wonderful fellowship! It was so fun to get dressed up and meet with others like that.

Hugs and blessings,
Mrs. A.

Cassandra said...

How beautiful!!

If you don't mind me asking, how do you make homemade crackers? That's something I've been wanting to do for a long time!

Suzanne said...

Such a lovely day for you all! I wish I lived closer:-)

Susan B said...

What a wonderful and relaxing day! The picnic looked like so much fun...thank you for sharing your photos! :)

Sarah Belle said...

Dear Mia,
It was a beautiful day in every way. Thank you for the planning of it. tammy

Chelle said...

Love the pictures. Looks like a lovely day for a picnic. Everything looks so pretty.

happy momma said...

Looks like such a wonderful gathering. I sure wish I could have attended, thanks for the photos, at least I attended in my mind. ☻ God Bless

Haviland said...

Wow it looks like fun.My Mother has heard of the Picnic and has wanted to go. I am 11 years old and my sister has a blog.The name of her blog is We are home schooled and we love it.We girls want to be homemakers too.My sister is 15 years old.And we are Christians. My Dad is a pastor in greenville SC. I love your blog it is a big blessing.keep on living for the Lord.May the Lord bless you and your family.

~Haviland Franco.

Atlanta said...

Hi Mia!

Looks like a delightful picnic! Thanks for sharing pictures!

Also - I wanted to invite you to join the Historical Costume Inspiration Festival - going on this week at my blog!


Brittany said...

Mia, I only wish Andy and I lived closer, we would have loved to attend this picnic! I did enjoy looking at the pictures and talking to my sister about it. One day y'all should do a picnic out here in the West! lol!
God Bless!

*~Sarah Lynn~* said...

Looks like a lovely time. :)

Allison said...

Hello Mia!

My family and I had a wonderful time! It was a beautiful day! Thank you so much. : )


Goose Hill Farm said...

How wonderful to see that everything turned out so well and you all had a great time.

Thank you for sharing your special day with us!


gail said...

How lovely for you all Mia. Thank you for sharing.

Blessings Gail

from me to thee......... said...

you need to write a big beautiful coffee table book....your words and photo's are just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!smiles, Linda

SinginginHisName said...

Yes it seems you all had a lovely time and I wish I could have been there! Maybe some day! :) I love seeing all the edwardian clothing, I have always wanted to sew up edwardian clothing someday. RIght now colonial, civil war, and regency are in my closet and all over my room. With recreating three different periods with our living history its hard to add any more. But do wear my edwardian walking skirt quite often. I really would love to sew up a vest and blouse to go with it that is also the period. Maybe this winter?!

I love it Mia and again yes I would love to meet you someday. Lord willing we will be able to do a living history event or maybe just get together someday. God bless!

In Christ,

lady Estelle said...

my dear Mia, After seeing the photo make me feel sad I missed it. I wanted so much to come and meet your family and friends. It would have been a long trip and I would have to find sleep over arrangement. I will definitely attend next year, if God permits.Take dear lady and enjoy the rest of the Fall!
Lady Estelle from Providence, RI

Olivia said...

What a lovely day! This post is so very beautiful. Thank you for taking pictures and all, so that we could enjoy it with you!

Anonymous said...

Our family had really wanted to attend but we had a wedding we were helping with that day. I hope we can meet up again soon. Looks like you all had a wonderful day.


JennyMay said...

It's like you live in a different world!! I want to move there now...I love how everyone dresses so appropriately for the picnic. Now adays...oh me oh my...women and men just don't know how to dress modestly. Anyway, Love you! And Love that you can share this part of your life with the 21st Century. You are an inspiration to all us wannabe's...

elizabeyta said...

The picnic looked like so much fun!

I really like the old fashionedness of it :)



alisha a. said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time Mia! Great usual :D

~*God bless you and your blog!*~


Anonymous said...

That picnic looked like so much fun! I'd love to host something like that sometime. =)
I just came across your blog tonight and love it! Your pictures are so warm and inviting, and you sound like a wonderful young lady. I look forward to reading much more of your blog soon!


Laura {{* *}} said...

A perfect song
for a perfect day.

These pictures are beauty & light.

Grateful for the sharing.

{{* *}}

Sami said...

IT was SOSOSOS fun to see ya Mia!!
And Im SO glad we got to go!!!


Lady Kara said...

Oh, how I wish!I wish I could have gone! Thanks for the amazing pictures. They captured the mood splendidly. Perhaps next year. I'm so glad you had fun. :^)

Mary R. said...

I like this. Everybody looks lovely and old-timey!

Anonymous said...

Hey Mia!
I e-mailed some pictures and I didn't know if you got the e-mail. You can post the pictures if you want! :)

Anonymous said...

Um sorry...I posted the above comment...oriana :)

Gillie@LivingSimpleFrugalityBlog said...

Hi Mia- your pictures are so beautiful and the picnic looks so lovely. My husband just saw a photo of all the men looking so smart and said he would like to dress smarter like that more often- and that he wanted to get some smart shoes- amazing!-you have just done with one photo what I have been trying to do for years!! Thanks you! ;0) xx

Lindsey said...

It looks lovely, Mia! :-)

And I'm pleasantly surprised to see someone else actually knows that song!

Samantha said...

Looks like you had a fantastic time, Mia! To bad we live so far away. I would've LOVED to be there!

Anonymous said...

Hey Mia,
Oriana again...I was wondering if you could post some of the pics I sent....I don't have a blog so I can't really share them with others!

Leslie said...

Everything looks perfect, Mia. I love how you served everything on real china instead of paper plates--beautiful and environmentally friendly! You are such an inspiration to me!

Abounding Treasures said...

What a delightful and very special occasion :o)