Thursday, May 26, 2011

Indoor Picnic

Oh, Dear Ones! I've lost my followers!! I've heard from some of you that you've lost yours too!
Well, as bad as I hate that ~ I'm glad it wasn't my blog!!

Hello, Dear Ones! I'd like to share with you today an indoor picnic our women's ministry recently had at our church.

First I'll tell you a little story and you know how I love to tell you little stories. Our women's ministry at my little church has been on hold for a few years since Hurricane Ike hit our little island. We lost many members and we have been busy just getting the church up and running again.This ministry has laid heavily on my tiny heart that we should get it up and going again. So I gathered our little bunch of women together, we met, elected officers, decided the ministries and projects we would take on and guess what? I was elected the leader! Can you believe it? Me in all of my silliness! Well, I don't like to preach on my blog but I am totally sold out to Jesus Christ and believe we women can make a difference in our churches and in our communities. We're doing the ministry and outreach during the week and once a month we have a fellowship luncheon. So...

I get to decorate!! WooHooness! So I decided we would have an indoor picnic. I took some of my vintage tablecloths and faux flowers and fruits and went to town. Above is the centerpiece I put together for our food table. I took all of the snaps before the gals got there, so we're minus the food, as everyone pitches in and brings the goodies.

A few closeups of the centerpiece. That ole picnic basket has been in my home for over 20 years and I believe it was last year, I got inspired by Our Dear BJ at Sweet Nothings by a turquoise picnic basket she had. Well, that's all I needed. I got out my spray paint and went to town. I love it this color!

Since we're a small group, I set up three round tables and flung on my vintage tablecloths and of course each table had to have a centerpiece of its own. Found three of those little baskets at the dollar store, tossed in a simple tea towel to hang over the side, poked in a piece of faux fruit and some plastic utensils rolled up in a napkin tied with a ribbon. I threw in some wooden spoons too.

Inside of each basket I put a little jar filled with my fauxs!
Oh, I took some green paper, ran it through the shredder and took it out!
I had some faux green grass to poke down into each jar.
I'm so clever like this! Can you believe it! :)

Can you see the little jars?

Here's a little close up! I used little relish jars and washed them carefully to keep the label on them. I just loved this look and thought it would work great with the indoor picnic! I washed a little too good on my smallest jar and washed off the label. Oops! :)

Here's a closeup of the four tablecloths I used. I was feeling a little like Our Dear Candy at The Little Round Table - if you haven't been to her blog, you must go! She has the most vintage tablecloths of anyone in the world and the Fiesta Ware dishes to go with them. I know I only stand in her shadow, but hey...maybe some of her tablescaping shadowness will rub off on me! :)
I sat the tables with brightly colored plastic plates I found at Walmart and we'll use these again.

Gotta love ole Walmart!
I found this darling turquoise tub for under $5
and it just happens to match
my spray painted turquoise picnic basket.

Popped in some ice, cokes and diet cokes and what a pretty sight.
Is your tiny mouth beginning to water?
Gotta love The Real Thing - and I do - but my favorite is Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper!
Not as many folks like Dr. Pepper like I do.
Something must be wrong with them! :)
I will be in prayer for their taste tiny buds! :)

While I was cruising the aisles of Walmart looking for indoor picnic supplies,
my most gorgeous peepers spied these little canning jars!
Just perfect for our drinks!

Aren't they the cutest little things?
I poked in some straws and they were all set to be filled with sodas
Peach tea!
Now I love me some peach tea and drink it every day!
Or course along with my drinking of my cherry diet doctor pepper
I keep the bathroom pretty busy! :) Did I just say that?

Sorry this snap is a bit blurry.
I think I was just getting so excited and was wiggling!
I also found at Walmart this precious polka dotted drink dispenser.
You can't see the dots too well, but they are purple and turquoise.
The lid and spout (I don't know what you call this little thingy)
are turquiose just like my little tub and picnic basket!
I love this!!

Now I always like to have a few door prizes for the ladies
and we drew for two pretty journals and a box of note cards.

But just for fun, and because I'm such a silly,
I poked in the little baskets on each table, a jar of mustard and mayonaise.
You know the gals were more excited about winning the condiments
as they were the beautifully wrapped treasures.
What can I say! :)

We all had a wonderful time and I can be serious at times,
but I believe making our luncheons fun and festive is a great way to
keep the girls coming back and hopefully bring a friend or two.
And hey, since I am such a silly, they never know what to expect.
They know me and seem to love me anyway! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Shout To The Lord

My Jesus, my Saviour

Lord there is none like You
All of my days I want to praise
The wonders of Your mighty love

My comfort, my shelter
Tower of refuge and strength
Let every breath, all that I am
Never cease to worship You

Shout to the Lord
All the Earth, let us sing
Power and majesty
Praise to the King
Mountains bow down
And the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name

I sing for joy at the work
Of Your hands
Forever I'll love You
Forever I'll stand
Nothing compares
To the promise I have
In You
~ sung by Darlene Zschech


  1. OOOHH! Wish I was THERE! How absolutely lovely everything looked! And WHATEVER you do, do it all unto the glory of God . . . that's what you're doing! I'm a firm believer in doing everything in a quality way -- no matter how small the gathering or church! How blessed your church is to have you!! And those little jars/glasses . . . a d o r a b l e!!

  2. Shelia, congrats! on your leadership status. You will be a go-getter, I know! Hopefully, your little ministry will be fully restored ... I am sorry to learn you lost people during 'Ike'. It was a terrible time for all you folks during that storm, & afterwards.

    I wrote you an email about your being a winner in the 5-day GIVEAWAY ... would you please send me a response so I can send you your selected gift mentioned i the note.

    Your table picnic settings are just delightful, fun & clever. Would expect nothing less of you ... you are so creative. Can feel your delight in your note ...

    Have a lovely week ~
    TTFN ~

  3. Shelia, I LOVE this! An indoor picnic sometimes is more fun than outdoors,especially with the weather we are having here. (Not complaining, and sending prayers to the folks in Joplin, MO). Your centerpieces are adorable and I would have wanted to win one of them, too! xo,

  4. What a wonderful wonderful idea! I absolutely loved it! I hope you don't mind if I use your idea sometime with my own church ladies group. I would have loved to have attended. I'm sure the ladies in your group were thrilled with their picnic. I think they picked a good leader! You've already been a blessing to them - and your readers.

  5. hello Shelia...

    sweet and cheerful basket, and what a smart idea for grass...So cute and creative
    Picnic table is just perfect

  6. Hi Shelia, Congrats on getting the women's ministry active again. I love the lyrics to the song at the end of your post. I believe these women will be blessed by your love of the Lord and your creative and fun luncheons and community support projects. Thanks for sharing all the darling projects with us.
    My sis sub teaches and is so sad that they keep God out of the public schools these days. She recently told of a little girl, who sang a joyful song of praise to the Lord upon going out on the playground. The school CANNOT keep God out of her heart!

  7. Hi Sheila, you are definitely a woman after my own heart! Love the vintagey look. We are doing a garden party theme wedding reception for our daughter at the end of july, lots of teacups, hydrangeas and cake stands, heaven! Thanks for leaving me a comment on my blog, yes I am in England (it is raining as we speak!). Have a grand week!! xx

  8. Congratulations, Sheila!!!! Of COURSE they elected you as their leader! I know they all love you, as we do too! The picnic looks wonderful! I love Walmart too, find lots of good bargains there! I bet the food was great too. It is so sweet of you to do little gifts for the ladies too. XO, Pinky

  9. So pretty... and I love love the song you have chosen today. Thanks for sharing it, and remind me to sing for joy! And thanks for participating in Show Off Your Cottage Monday and bringing me here.


  10. I know the church ladies adore you just as we do. I can just imagine the fun you are in person! I love your vintage table cloths.

  11. Shelia, How beautiful. I bet the in-door picnic was wonderful. What a great get together for your women's ministry. I hope all is well. Hugs, Karie

  12. I am not surprised you were chosen as a leader! I've been away for a while but I haven't forgotten what adorable posts you do. Love everything about it!

  13. Your tablecloths and centerpieces are very pretty Sheila! I'll bet the ladies had a good time and that you all accomplish great things for the church:@)

  14. Well this is just too stinkin cute! I think this is the greatest idea!!

  15. Many blessings to you for your wonderful mission.

    I know the ladies must have felt so special due to all of your efforts. Everything looks so nice.

    I hope to see you at The Pink Birthday Celebration this weekend.♥

  16. Shelia, this is absolutely wonderful and what a creative idea. I love it all. Very clever and I am sure you guests were thrilled with the picnic theme. Fabulous. Thanks also for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  17. I'll wager--even though I'm not a betting lady--that your group had a good time and that God smiled! Yes, He did!

  18. Dear Shelia, you are a blessed lady with so many spiritual gifts. I am going to miss you, sweet friend. Have a blessed week and keep being you :o)
    Big hugs

  19. Hi Shelia
    I decided to pull myself away from The Weather Channel and my tears and visit blogland, for a little pick me up, this afternoon. Your indoor picnic is just the good medicine I need! Thanks so much!

  20. nice centerpiece! and sweet blog. +
    thank you also for commenting on
    do come again.
    we value your contribution to the community!


  21. A wonderful leader was picked, and I am pretty sure you are enjoying your new position.

    You really know how to plan a party! I love everything from the pretty tablecloths to all your blue accessories. The little basket centerpieces are a wonderful idea, I love the little vases with flowers inside!

    I know all of you had a lovely time!


  22. Well, what a fun idea, Shelia! Everything looks like you did a great job - festive and beautiful.

    Hope you have a fabulous week :O)

  23. You go girl! Shelia I'm proud of you for getting that group up and going again. Someone has to take the lead other wise people just sit around waiting for someone to do it. What a blessing you are to your church. :)

  24. I hope your group grows so large that you will have to hire help to make cute luncheons for everyone!!!
    It looks so festive and fun.

  25. You are so cute!!! hugs...cleo

  26. Dearest Shelia,
    What a sweet post, I have a feeling that you are a wonderful leader for the ladies group. Your decor is just darling, I love all of the jars, the canning jars for drinks is very charming and you are just so clever, my friend.
    The turquoise is a wonderful color for an indoor Spring picnic.
    I love it!
    Hugs, Cindy

  27. Love indoor picnics and yours was inspired. Great find on the drinking jars - you will use those again and again. Great collection of vintage table cloths. Thanks for sharing. ~CJ

  28. What a wonderful picnic idea Shelia!! I know God will bless you for you sweet servant's heart and that you church will be blessed by you too!

    bee blessed

  29. Cute ideas and looks like so much fun. I am not at all surprised that you were elected leader! Your love of God shines through all that you say and do.
    hugs, Linda

  30. What a marvelous indoor picnic, Shelia. You are very creative....Christine

  31. You did a wonderful job. The ladies are blessed to have you leading them. Love the indoor picnic idea. I have a lot of vintage tablecloths too. Love em. Brought back memories the last church where I was sooo involved in Women's Ministries.

  32. Oh Shelia, everything is just lovely. The jars for the drinks is a splendid idea.

  33. Shelia, what a fun fun event. I love the little jars of condiments tucked in, that is what caught my eye too. The canning jars for the drinks is great too. You did such a nice job and you are so fun, I can imagine how tickled they were to have you put together such a fun picnic.

  34. Of course they love can you not love a blessing? Your spread looks wonderful and what great ideas popped out of your little ole head. I know that the ladies had a wonderful time. Have a great Tuesday!

  35. Shelia, what a fun and festive event you sat for the lovely ladies. I can only imagine all the goodies they brought to eat.. Love the idea with the little jars, and canning jars to drink out of. An idea may borrow... love all the vintage tablecloths..I would love to have been one of the guests! hugs ~lynne~

  36. You just crack me up!!!

    What cute table and what cute ideas!!!!

  37. How FUN,FUN,FUN is this!!!!!!Love the decor AND you don't have to worry about ants(although AUNTS are welcome)... Indoor picnicking seems to be a necessity here in CT. The daily rains just won't give up...I'm not complaining, My gardens are smiling! I LOVE your new profile picture, You are as Cute as a Button!!!
    Have a wonderful week,

  38. Shelia, you are the best leader and you take your decorating seriously. I know those sweet women were totally blown away with your fabulous inside picnic. I LOVE every thing you did. Are you for hire??? BIG smile. This is right up your decorating alley. You are a darling and I am sure your church appreciates your efforts so very much. Good good for you for bringing everyone back together in such a charming way. I love you, you clever thing.
    Thanks for your sweet comment about out trip to Maine in our RV. Excited, you bet. Tomorrow is the big day.

    Love you, Jeanne

  39. Everything looks so festive and pretty Sheila. What could be better than fun and fellowship.

  40. This picnic of yours was a perfect blend of casual and fun, Shelia. I've used Mason jars as drinking glasses before- I first saw them used in a little bitty restaurant many moons ago and thought they were so quaint. I promptly bought a box at the grocery store and still have them- 30+ years later! Re: Dr. Pepper- I grew up in New Mexico and we always drank either Coke or DP. Of course, you'd go into a place and say you wanted a Coke and they
    would ask, "what kind?" LOL I haven't tried the flavored DP yet. I am a purist! *grin*

  41. It sounds like a bunch of fun here, great ideas and you did a good job. Love that you prayed for their taste buds! LOL

  42. I love you, Shelia, and I love what you did for this church picnic. What a clever idea, and I think they were clever making you the leader! And I'm so glad we are sisters in the Lord. Makes me smile.

    I'm late visiting from my post last week (still recuperating from an old injury which has kicked up again), but despite my tardiness, I still wanted to thank you for your sweet comments, then and always. I appreciate them and you more than you know. Prayers for healing are very much coveted. Thanking you in advance...


    Sheila :-)

  43. Sheila, Love your smile! Everything for your indoor picnic looked wonderful. The diet coke looked the best! Lol, I love D.C.. Just wanted to pop in and say thanks for visiting my blog. I really appreciate it.

  44. Hi lovely lady, This is a great Idea Shelia !!! I know your guests were happy with your picnic theme !!! I hope you have a Great Day sweetie.

  45. Hi Miss Sheila! Your picnic looked awesome. You did not miss a beat there. Love the jar idea for the cold drinks. I hope it went well and your ministry gets up and running again real soon. You certainly sound motivated.

  46. Sheila, I am sure everyone loved the indoor picnic. Hey, no ants! That is great that they chose you for the leader. I am sure you will do a great job.

  47. What a fun and cheery picnic! I'm sure your ladies loved it! I like the jars and straws. Great idea!

  48. Shelia,
    Your little indoor picnic is delightful. You did a nice job!

  49. If I had been at this lovely picnic, I, too, would have chosen you as our leader. You will led them to a ministry that all can be proud of.
    I love your little baskets..everything looked so cute.
    xo bj

  50. I'm sure you'll make a wonderful leader for those ladies.

    What a lovely theme and everything looks just beautiful!

  51. Oh how fun and festive it all looks, Sheila! Wish I could have come!! Bet everyone had a blast. And yes, I'm loving those touches of turquoise that are showing up everywhere!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  52. You are always so much fun Shelia! There is a Super Walmart in the town I live in and guess who is always there??????
    God Bless with the ladies...
    Love, Lorraine

  53. Sheila, this is lovely! I love a picnic inside or out! It just exudes a much more relaxed and easy-going setting! Thank you for sharing! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

  54. I love this post and sharing your excitement over a good time with friends AND your excitement for your beliefs! And YES...YES...YES...women can make a BIG difference! I am a firm believer of this! Enjoy your day, my friend! ♥

  55. Hello Sheila, This is so wonderful! You are right - women can do so many things for the Lord - he created us with our sensitivity and talents just for that - you are a blessing! Everything looks marvelous,

  56. How incredibly fun and festive Shelia! I just love the vintage tablecloths and think this would be a perfect theme for a party here in the NW since we so rarely get to have outdoor picnics w/o getting rained on. LOL! I know your revival of this ministry will bless so many and that you will be blessed for serving in this way. Thank you so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!

  57. Hi Sheila, They couldn't have picked a better person to lead the ladies group. I know you had fun decorating for the luncheon and I bet the ladies loved everything. Thank you for joining my party.

  58. Love this Shelia!! Such a charming indoor picnic- those little canning jars for glasses are darling and love your table cloths and bin of drinks! Thanks for sharing your delightful gathering at FNF :)


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