Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Memorial Day Moveable Feast

On Sunday, I packed the picnic basket with all kinds of goodies. We were going to find a nice spot on the Russian River and have a leisurely lunch. After all, my melmac patriotic plates were dying to make their debut!

After driving up and down the river for over an hour, it occurred to us that there wasn't any river access, and we were getting very hungry and irritable!
So we went back home and set up our moveable feast right on the coffee table in the pool house.

Great idea! And, more comfortable too. This wasn't just a photo opportunity...

...it was also lunch!

Everything was delicious! All from Big John's Market in Healdsburg.
Three kinds of salads, two different sandwich wraps...

...and champagne to toast!

I'm still bound and determined to photograph a picnic by the river someday.
However, it was awfully nice to picnic at home on the new indoor/outdoor rug from Pottery Barn!

We set it up the day before in the rain. I think Dexter really likes the new rug!

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.
On Friday, I'll join Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday.

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23 comments:

Marlis said...

Sorry you didn't find a nice cozy spot along the banks of the river.. but your backyard is a retreat in itself. Love the plates!! Especially on the burlap-y placemats. and the floral napkins.. Perfection. Lunch looked pretty good too. That rug is perfect underfoot! A great find indeed.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Hemingway himself would have approved of where you dined your Moveable Feast! I LOVE your new rug, it is SO beautiful and the last picture with Dexter is SO SWEET!!! I want to give him a hug... We'll all be watching for you riverside picnic...
Have a wonderful week
Hugs,
Donna

Kathysue said...

Hi D, What a perfect setting!! Those plates are so pretty and how perfect for the holiday, perfect for 4th of July too. Wow I can't believe that is an indoor/outdoor rug, that is amazing quality!!! The whole setting was absolute perfection!!! Nothing less if it is done by your. You are a master at tablescapes and vignettes,xo Kathysue

Sandy B said...

I have those plates as well and just love them. Your picnic lunch looks delicious and the tablescape and setting are just beautiful!!

the girl is craftee said...

Clicquot and sandwiches, good no matter where you enjoy them! Yum! I'd like to see where you keep all your dishes. When I was younger I worked at Pottery Barn, in the tabletop dept. Setting a table was my "thing". I used to want a room, just for all my dishes. Do you have a dish room?

Linda in AZ * said...

*** Soooo cute~~~ sooo "happy"... and as always, so FUN to see!!!

Hmmmmm, wonder what you two had for "DESSERT" on this picture perfect day?!?!?! (Grins!)...

Hugs,
Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

Nancie Mills Pipgras said...

Dexter says: Yeah, I like the rug, but what I really like is the distance between the coffee table and the chairs . . . C'mon, drop something.

Tricia Rose said...

The rug looks wonderful, is it really indoor/outdoor? I'll have to check on them.

I had to laugh about your moveable feast - still, you had an outing, and the perfect picnic without crowds, can't be bad!

Upscale Downhome said...

Love the rug--I'm going over to Pottery Barn now to check them out. I need something like that for my screen porch. Your lunch looked perfectly delicious, too.

Simone said...

I love that you post so frequently. It is a bright spot in my day. ( I wish you lived closer -- you could stage my house for me!)

Designs By Pinky said...

I love those plates, D but the SETTING is fabulous!!!! Oh to have a pool, let alone a pool house! The lunch sounds wonderful, hope you got to take a dip after. Dexter is ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

Lynne said...

Ok, this is perfect! Where oh where can I find some plates like this? The setting is perfect and I wish I had those salads too!
Lynne

Anonymous said...

Beautiful setting even if it wasn't on the river and lunch looked delicious. Have to ask what kind of dog is Dexter? Soooo cute!
Gwen

Liz- said...

Your Russian River getaway sounded lovely! I think you found a very satisfactory 2nd choice though! Love your new rug and I see your beautiful roses are still blooming away! Your Melmac Patriotic Plates are perfect and all your food looked so delicious! Dexter seems to approve of it all1

Wyatt said...

We need to get back down there to wine country!! You keep reminding us of how much we love it :)

Wyatt's Mom

P.S. Great looking lunch, that would be worth a 14 hour drive!!

once in a blue moon said...

looks delish, you know i covet your pool, the river can never compare to your grand view... plus the weather was miserable on the coast!

Gina said...

Love those dishes; where did you get them? The wrap, sandwich and salads look delicious.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a cute picnic even if it wasn't the spot you had planned. Dexter is such a cutie! Love your dishes and lunch looks mighty yummy!

Charlene said...

Wow, what a delightful lunch! The meal looks delicious and the setting is beautiful! You are so talented.

Kathleen said...

Your lunch looks lovely! It rained here Sunday, so even though we are a block from the Bay in Southampton, we ate indoors too. Saturday, now that was different.
Maybe you can google to see if there is a park along the river for public access?

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh you have inspired me to pack a picnic lunch for my sweet son and myself this afternoon.

I have sunflowers on my blog too today. :)

Sarah said...

Delores, too bad you couldn't find a spot on the river. I know you would have created a lovely riverside vignette. But honestly, with the view at Asti, I truly can't imagine anything more beautiful. The food looks delicious! ~ Sarah

Entertaining Women said...

I'm thinking that I'd never get to the river with that gorgeous view and setting. Your new dishes are darling! Thank you for sharing your lovely spot and design. Cherry Kay

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