How To Set A Picnic

Yes, I’m being ironic, since I hadn’t anticipated lavish tableware displays from the outdoor-themed “The Art of Entertaining,” a one-day event held June 15, 2011, at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California. Work had me on the freeways, so I stopped by to check out what I thought might be cutting-edge ideas for basically moving indoor activities outdoors for summer. I obviously didn’t read the fine print. It was mostly about luxe table settings by Hermes, Villeroy & Boch, Lalique, Baccarat.
Brings a whole new level of meaning to “conspicuous consumption.”

The Hermes display. Looks like their ‘Siesta’ line, but I didn’t verify.


Villeroy & Boch’s ‘New Wave’ table settings with tree peonies and herbs






Crate & Barrel and Restoration Hardware, like a page ripped from their catalogues


I did find some interesting things at the display by Emmo, like this grill that can double as a table and a small table-top grill on a shadow-inducing side table.


Metal cut-out bowls and squishy vases. Polycarbonate chairs, indoor or outdoor (but what about the sweatiness factor outdoors?)


And from Emmo’s website, a swing whose seat has plantable pockets for vines to creep up.


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3 Responses to How To Set A Picnic

  1. nellie says:

    Sure, all my picnics look like that. Actually these were very lovely. A lot of the stuff was real impractical, but there were also some good ideas. I can use them with my paper plates.

  2. Kathy says:

    None of them bear much resemblance to my IU table with retro tablecloths and bamboo chairs do they ? Crate and Barrel seems the most practical, particularly in view of the beer.

  3. Denise says:

    Nellie, at least now I know where the forks and knives go! (kidding…sort of)
    Kathy, your back garden, as I remember it, was a little slice of heaven. Don’t change anything!

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