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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

An Outdoor Christmas Picnic on Tartan...Oh My!

Winter Tablescape traditional dining room
Fabulous idea and photo by Michelle Edwards of sweetsomethingdesign.blogspot.com
As seen on Houzz.com
For more wonderful pics of this beautiful setting, go to http://www.houzz.com/photos/94703/Winter-Tablescape-traditional-dining-room-kansas-city

So I was looking through my latest Houzz.com installment and what to my wondering eyes should appear but a series on using tartan in holiday decorating! Be still my heart!!! I always have tartan in my house at Christmas, even if it's just bows on the trees. I always have tartan in my house period. After all, I am the great-great grand-daughter of Alexander Laughlin McKinnon!

I must admit, it has never once entered my head to use a tartan blanket as a tablecloth...now I can't get it out of my head. I'm having visions of a late lunch in the winter woods with my nice dishes on a tartan blanket, hurricane candles a-flickering! My menu would be a hearty, home-made beef stew with flaky baking powder biscuits. Or chili and cornbread. After a dessert of shortbread and wassail we'd take a brisk walk in the woods, perhaps sing a few Christmas carols. I feel a new tradition coming on!

What would your menu be for a Christmas picnic in the woods?

PS. If you love decorating you've just gotta check out Houzz and Michelle Edwards' blog!


Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh the table looks great.Makes me want to go out to the woods behind our house and set a great table like this and have a picnic!!

Lovella ♥ said...

OH wow. .I'm wondering where I can find a tartan blanket. What a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing it here on your blog.

ellen b. said...

Oh what fun...I'll have to check that blog out!

Amish Stories said...

A pretty neat idea if you can sit outside in the cold, if you live in a colder climate anyway. If i had a outdoor picnic i think id make a bunch of chili with lots of meat, and serve it hot to warm the bones. Richard

Linda O'Connell said...

Only with a bon fire, but wouldn't that be fun?

Aunty Belle said...

Oh I love that photo!! Thanky fer sharin' wif' us--lovely indeed.

Tartans are marvelous! ( Oh yes, we's Clan folk fer real at the Porch.)

An what fun--a new link to check out.

Hope yore Christmas is blessed an' filled wif joy!!!

Amish Stories said...

Thought id stop by again Debora, maybe it will do some snowing on Christmas day. We have nothing yet of the white stuff so i know the kids really love snow, while us adults dont so much when we have to drive our cars in it! Richard


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