Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bridal Veil Falls Picnic Tablescape

Summer time has always meant picnics to me.
I grew up in Wisconsin and my parents felt very
strongly that we should see a lot of our state.
We often took weekend drives and brought

Because it was the dairy state, our picnics always
had wonderful cheeses.  Often it was
just cheese and crackers and fruit.

My husband and I love to go on picnics too.

This spectacular waterfall is named Bridal Veil Falls
It is a double cataract falls that rises over 600 feet.

This is about ten minutes up the canyon from my home.

When we were first married, "many moons ago", we
would often take picnics up here.

This is by far a more elaborate picnic than we took when
we were younger.

Bridal Veil Falls Picnic Menu

Bow Tie Spinach Pasta
Crusty Baguette
Garlic Basil Olive Oil
Ripe Red and Sungold Garden Tomatoes
Lemon Cucumbers
Fresh Seedless Watermelon Wedges
Orange Passion Mango Italian Soda

Wicker baskets make a picnic seem more
like a special event.  We used two different baskets
to pack this picnic.

Line oriental takeout containers with parchment paper for
a great serving container on a picnic.  Add tissue paper for color.

Produce freshly picked that day is so flavorful
and is a treat in and of itself.

Lemon cucumbers are yellow and round shaped and
have a slight lemon flavor.  Give them a try.

The Bow Tie Spinach Salad is one of my new favorites.
I will be posting the recipe for it tomorrow.

 Orange Passion Mango Italian Soda is
refreshing and filled with such wonderful flavors.  You can
find this treat at Target.
  They have a whole selection of gourmet
sodas.  I had a hard time choosing.

The Garlic Basil Oil is olive oil infused with
garden herbs.  My instructions on how to make
your own herb infused oil will be posted
in a few days.

This oil is so fun to make and you can personalize it and
give it away as gifts.  Who wouldn't love to receive
flavored olive oil you made yourself. 


A fun red cutting board,

and portable knife with cover also in red
travel great on a picnic.
These can also be picked up at Target.

Of course with the home crafted watermelon tablecloth, we have to
include some wedges of fresh, cold, juicy watermelon.

Look in your fabric store for fun tablecloth fabrics.
If you can sew a straight line (or not so straight) you can
sew up some table linens.  Look for fabric specifically
designed for tablecloths with patterns on both edges.
This one was from JoAnn Fabrics.

We opted to mix both plastic and glass as we were
serving adults.

The pasta salad is great with the bread.  Just let everyone
tear a slice of bread off.  My children are sure the bread
tastes better this way.

The baguette goes great with the fresh tomatoes too.

Enjoy both the bread and tomatoes in the Garlic Basil Oil.
Sprinkle a little basil on top of the tomatoes.

Watch the bubbles rise as you pour the Italian Soda.
Passionfruit is one of those flavors that I
absolutely adore.  I would highly recommend this
Italian Soda.

What a great picnic with a fabulous view.
Wish we could have stayed longer,
but we will be back.

I can't thank my husband enough for going on this
picnic with me, and helping me set it up.
He did get a great meal out of it!

I have the great pleasure of sharing this at
Between Naps On the Porch for Susan's great

A big thanks to her for hosting this wonderful party each week.

I will also be sharing this on
The Tablescaper's

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  1. what a lovely picnic!! gorgeous pictures make me wish I could be there.

  2. Beautiful view, Beautiful food and a wonderful picnic!

  3. You always have the most beautiful post of any. It looks good enough to eat,"no pun intended!!". I will be looking forward to your bow tie spinach salad. That looks delicious. Thanks for always sharing your wonderful recipes.

  4. looks like you had so much fun, such a pretty table! i love being outside and such a great location, i haven't seen those falls since the 70s~

  5. wow, how sweet.. a picnic! it looks lovely! how romantic!


  6. This is fab. Love the Italian sodas. So now I'm waiting for the Bow Tie Pasta recipe! So so pretty, Jacqueline. xx's

  7. Beautiful picnic...what a view you have there! Bridal Veil Falls is such an appropriate name- Gorgeous! Looking forward to your recipes. Thanks!

  8. The pictures look awesome!

    I just made your southwest burgers yesterday for the freezer. I'll be posting them in the next week or so!

    I'm hosting BSI this week if you want to make any ground turkey recipes and submit it! More info on my blog, thanks!

  9. Wow Jackie. I really need to be more like you and enjoy this place we live. Love the beautiful pictures and the great picnic idea. Your so fun. Lucky husband you have. Love ya!!! Lets do a double date and go on that picnic.

  10. Looks like a grand-slam! Beautiful view, wonderful food and great company-enjoy!
    Thanks for posting my GA on your side bar:@)

  11. How do you do it?? Amazing and just gorgeous! When I saw "Bridal Veil Falls" I thought you were visiting here since we have falls here with that name. Anyway, your picnic looks great. I have to look for the soda. I wonder if it comes sugar-free, lol??

  12. We share this as one of our favorite romantic rendezvous! Your pictures are beautiful and your picnic sensational. I posted a similar salad must be a new Idaho/Utah treat! Thanks for a fun trip down memory lane!!!!!

  13. Oh my goodness! Gorgeous landscape, beautiful picnic and delicious food! Puts my picnic to shame, but now I'm inspired with all your tips! Thanks! (We do have a beautiful landscape, I just need to work on the other two components:))

  14. What a pretty place for a picnic, and the food looks great! This is a beautiful post, Jacqueline. Loved your ice cream x 4 post too! I think you are a fabulous cook!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  15. Gorgeous! Both the food and the view! This is my kind of picnic. I love going on picnics. ~ Tracy

  16. Jacqueline, I have never had such a delicious looking picnic lunch before! The falls are beautiful, too.
    Please thank your hubby for helping you share both with us?

    I look forward to seeing the recipes later in the week.

  17. Thank you Thank you for commenting on my pantry makeover post on my blog! I've been waiting to get a new comment :) And I am loving having the meal baskets ready when it comes time to make dinner. I love this picnic by the way!!! So pretty and yummy looking.

  18. I'll put on my hiking shoes and be there in just a bit! This is such a lovely picnic, and I can almost feel the crisp clean air as I sit and enjoy your delicious fare. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  19. Jacqueline -- what a great setting for a picnic! I haven't been there for years and I do wish they still had the tram going on to the falls. I remember going to a dance there in college. Lovely picnic fare...Crystal Geyser also has a great passion fruit drink! Joni

  20. Who doesn't love Target?!! Such a fun and pretty picnic scape! I wish we had somewhere like that as claose. Our former home in NY was just off the Appalachian trail and we spent many wonderful hours at the Hawk's Nest overlooks.
    We always have Italian soda in the fridge right next to the Pelligrino! :)
    xoxo Pattie

  21. What a beautiful picnic! I love Italian sodas.

  22. What a neat post! The food looks delicious, the view fabulous!

    I've never seen lemon cucumbers before, sounds good!


  23. This post describes a perfect afternoon to me! I love how you packed such a pretty picnic. My favorite part is actually the dressed up oriental take out boxes. Simple and pretty!

    I will be checking back to see that salad recipe.

  24. This looks like a truly PERFECT DAY! Picnics are so charming. You put so much love into this preparation. Your photography is just beautiful.

  25. Those waterfalls are so beautiful! So high up too! The picnic looks delicious! I am anxious to try and find a lemon cucumber! I love tomatoes anyway they come and fresh off the vine has got to be the best! Looked like a fun day and you are so fortunate to live so close to such beautiful scenery! Will be back posting soon. I'm just recovering a bit from a fall I took on my bicycle. I'm fine just a little beat up!! LOL!! Hope you are having a great week. Again such a wonderful post! Sherri : )

  26. What a lovely picnic, the food looks so yummy and I will look forward to the recipe. Beautiful photos of the waterfalls and food.

  27. Hi, and thanks so much for stopping by my garden post and leaving such a nice comment!! Yes, those Cinderella pumpkins are quite special. We've always grown these pumpkins, and all of our squash and pumpkins, from seeds, and have found the seeds in the grocery store some years, or ordered them from Burpee or from Seeds of Change. That's so funny about your husband not cutting the grass but two times since you've been married!! He was a good sport to go up to that gorgeous waterfall with you to help set up the photos for this great post. That waterfall really does look like a bridal veil - so pretty! Ciao, bella!

  28. To have a waterfall nearby where you can picnic - How romantic!
    Just love your picnic that you put together. Bowtie pasta and spinach are some of my favorites - I look forward to your recipe!
    Also the infused oils - I have a lot, I mean a lot - wheelbarrel fulls - of rosemary I need to do things with!
    Hope you have a fantastic day,

  29. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have just toured yours and let me just say that you're a girl after my own heart. My chocolate heart that is!!! It sounds like you love chocolate as much as I do! I also love the pocketbooks and the ruffled skirts that you made. I sure do wish I could sew! I'll definitely be back again! Thanks for sharing the picnic. My mouth is already watering just looking at it, and it's only 8:25 in the morning here!

  30. Well how romantic you and your husband are. I thoroughly enjoyed pictures of your day today. Love the wicker baskets and the addition of colorful tissue paper. You have a beautiful blog. I just scrolled down and copied off a recipe and am your newest follower. Thank you for your visit to my blog. Do come again! Donna

  31. This looks like a lovely picnic...I first visited Wisconsin this summer and really enjoyed it...cheese curds were a first time treat for this southern girl...

  32. Jacqueline, Your pictures and settings are just beautiful. This was a very special picnic! I can't wait for your bow-tie pasta recipe. That is one of my favorite types of pasta. And I never knew about the lemon cukes. I have seen them, and now I will try one. This weekend I am planning to make your purple chocolate cupcakes! Linda

  33. What a beautiful blog and post. I'm so glad I found you and I'm now a follower too.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  34. How fun!!!! I have never seen Lemon Cucumbers...yum. Your picnic looks fabulous:)

  35. I love a great picnic with real food and real dishes. Fabulous! And I'm jealous. We've lived 2 hours from the park for 18 years and have never made it in yet! I'm happy to live vicariously thfrough your picnic.

  36. Oh, everything looked so good. I love the idea of using Chinese take-out containers and giving herbal vinegars as gifts. Very attractive looking!

    Elisabeth Treasuring the Moments

  37. What a wonderful picnic! Your photos are great!


  38. Oh, my, I would love to be there right now! What a beautiful setting, yummy looking food and each detail was just right. As soon as it cools off, I am going on a picnic!

  39. What a beautiful picnic -- you thought of everything! Loved your salad dinner in your newest post -- and those salad servers really caught my eye - stunning! Thanks for your very sweet visit.

  40. I'm not sure my comment went through earlier so hopefully I'm not repeating this...sorry if so.

    How wonderful to live so close to such an amazingly beautiful place. I'd love to visit this in person someday.
    I can imagine a picnic there...looks and sounds like a lovely, lovely time you and your hubby had.

    Thank you for sharing your picnic with us.


  41. I've never tried lemon cucumbers! I'll be sure to look for them next spring.

    What a charming picnic! What a feast!

  42. Beautiful view! I'd love to have a picnic there!

  43. What a fantastic view while having a picnic, I would be to busy gawking to eat!

  44. Oh my goodness - amazing view and terrific food. Just amazing.

    Thanks so much for being a part of "Summer Sundays".

    - The Tablescaper

  45. Wow! I love your perfect picnic!

    Getting into truffle

  46. Hi. Thanks for visiting. What a lovely picnic! You make food look gorgeous! We have a town a few hours away in Oregon called Bridal Veil; and many brides get their wedding invitations postmarked there.
    ~ Julie


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