Jun 12, 2012

Picnic Season

by Susan Borgen (T-Party Antiques)

Now that the warm weather is upon us, don't you feel the urge to pack a picnic and dine outdoors? Whether you head to the seashore, a local park, or your backyard, having a picnic is the essence of summer. So welcome to picnic season!

Photo by Susan Borgen
Not only am I a fan of having an alfresco meal at the beach, I'm also a fan of vintage picnic tins. (I have a ridiculously large collection!) These relics have wonderful lithographed faux textures. Don't some of them look like they are really woven? And others have pretty flower or plaid patterns. I love the way they look when grouped all together. Plus, they are so useful for storage — and of course, for picnics, too.

Photo by Susan Borgen
Consider making your outdoor meal a little more Earth friendly by setting your picnic table with reusable dishes and cutlery. Most vintage plastic dish sets are dishwasher safe, are virtually unbreakable and will save you money, since you'll never need to purchase paper or plastic plates again. Plus, picnics are inherently low-tech, so vintage picnic ware seems appropriate, especially when you want to add a whimsical, retro vibe to the meal.

Check out these fun picnic items below, offered by members of the Etsy Vintage Team. Happy picnicking!

1960s Flower Power Cotton Tablecloth by Lagelle
Vintage Sunflower Plate and Cup Holders Set by LeasAtticSpace
Tindeco Small Oval Picnic Tin with a Fruit Pattern by Tparty
The Picnic Grounds Center Island Park 1908 Postcard by TheOldBarnDoor
Thermos Holiday Picnic Jug by TheNerdNest
1950s Wool Striped Picnic Blanket by Nachokitty
Vintage Ingrid Plastic Ware Cups and Plates by Shoptastic

18 comments:

Gina at Vintage Junk in My Trunk said...

Love all those tins stacked together and those aqua colors!

LoveMyVintage said...

Now I fancy a picnic...pity it is rainy here! Where is summer?

cindy-the vintage hat shop said...

I love those picnic baskets! Hmmm, maybe a picnic for lunch.

Todd & Melissa Spivak said...

Lovely pictures and great picnic them idea.

Lori Kimball said...

What a lovely group of beautiful & useful vintage goodies! I love my collection of vintage tin baskets - they are so handy for storage in my studio.

Sarah ~ Magnolia's Attic said...

Picnics are more fun when they're vintage!! Those sunflower plate and cup holders are amazing!

Happily Era After and The Vintage Reader Etsy Shops said...

Nice! Love all the pretty, pretty colors!

Marcia said...

I love the vintage picnic stuff too! I am looking forward to the lazy days of Summer- and maybe a picnic- or at least dinner outside!

Suzanne@threepeats said...

It's been raining here for days but al fresco dining is on my list as soon as the grass dries! Love all those distinctively vintage colors!

ReBopShop/Sandra said...

Your picnic tin collection is spectacular! Sweet article, thanks!

Anne - Kitschy Vintage said...

I love vintage picnic baskets, too -- your collection is wonderful. Thanks for a fun start-of-summer post!

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steve7876 said...

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