a shabby summer picnic

I've been so excited to share my latest project with you. I've teamed up with my friends over at again to work on this sweet and shabby summer picnic. Hopefully you'll love it as much as I do and can feel the romantic vibes I was trying to send your way. I'll link everything I used at the bottom of this post so you can create your own.

Candles, wine, baskets, old lace and food. What could be better right?

This little shabby watering can is the same one from my "farmer's market truck" look familiar? Lilac is used all over the table to give you the feeling that I just picked what was found nearby the picnic.

Last month's "deal of the month" was these white baskets at HBS. I dry brushed one tiny coat of white on the small one then dirtied it a bit before filling it. Old books, more wine, vintage dishes, silverware and maybe a photo and love letter.

Here's a closeup of the basket... I love how it turned out.

Here was my Pinterest inspiration for the filled basket

Can I just say those gold bowls are my favorite thing? I love them so much. The candle sticks are part of a set and I took the smallest one out of two sets and dry brushed them a little with white, then brushed a little brown on and I think it gave them the perfect aged wood look. Even though they are plastic. The dishes are gorgeous. I used them on the table and in the basket. The berry cheesecake comes on a paper doily but I ripped that off and put a scrap of the antique lace under it. I glued the lace on the table to make a runner, I think it worked out great and I made sure it was a little crumpled because life is never neat. Ever. (again... those gold bowls right?)

More lilac. More lace. Shabby painted table. Because I used the same antique lace through the whole scene and the same lilac it seemed to bring it all together. The lilac is actually a bush that I cut little pieces off to put around.

This gorgeous little trestle table set is affordable and great quality (but hurry because I think there's only three left in stock!!). It's the table and two benches, which I think makes for the perfect French Country setting. It comes in a light oak color and coated. I do NOT like to sand off the shiny coat or strip things. It doesn't work well with my allergies. So I used three coats of white chalk paint and an oak table is transformed into a shabby looking dining table perfect for a picnic. It would also be beautiful in your dollhouse dining room. I plan to use it in mine (if I ever get my dollhouse done, but that's a whole different project)

Sadly my tiny glass bowl hit the ground about five minutes after this photo was taken and it shattered into a million pieces. I am not hunting a replacement. It's the perfect thing to fill with produce

I hope you've enjoyed the summer picnic and feel all cozy and warm looking at it. Hope you have a blessed rest of the week and please tag me on Instagram @joyfulcottageminiatures if you create your own shabby picnic. I'd love to see it

* Products Used *

Oak Trestle Table

Ribbed Wine Glasses

Sliced Berry Cheesecake

Gold Nesting Bowls (item number 67151) are sold out but if you email them they may can order more

Large Glass Cake Plate

Crosshatch Dinner Set is sold out but this one is similar

Pair of white baskets (only used the small one)

Candlestick sets (used the small out of two sets)


Large Lilac Bush

Ribbed Pitcher (that I put lilacs in)

Rusty Garden Planter

Watering Can

Wine Set

Glass Bowl, baskets, antique lace (all from my own collection)

Grapes are made by a friend on Instagram. You can find her shop @GiuliasMinis

Loaf of bread made by my friend Beverly and her shop is @CuteinMiniature

Shabby Book Stacks can be found in my shop update on Friday

* Other Products that I think would be GORGEOUS in a shabby picnic scene and all currently on my own wishlist *

Fresh Bread Basket

Wine Set with wooden crate

Irish Rose Dish Set that I'm currently dreaming of

Larger Wine Set

Cup and Saucer Set

Blue Onion Plate Set

Blue Onion Tea Set

Pink Tulips

Sliced Red Velvet Cake

Wine and Cheese Board

Wicker Garden Chair

Thank you to my friends over at for sponsoring this post. I had so much fun working with y'all, as always. xx

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