03 July 2009

Time for a Picnic!

It's Friday and I bet you're gearing up for the Fourth of July! I have a fun and environment-friendly idea for you if you're planning a picnic this weekend.

Here's the blah: a collection of mismatched cloth table napkins.

I found them at shops like Target & Anthropologie for less than $2.00 each.
But they didn't have a buddy or were separated from their napkin family. I bought them anyway because of the cute prints.

Here's the Tada!: Napkins in prints that spell S-U-M-M-E-R. Now is the season to take them out, match them up with colorful melamine plates and reusable utensils to create picnic kits!

Simply put the plate in the center of the napkin.

Wrap the napkin around the plate and knot the edges.

Add the utensils and make another knot to secure them in place.

Make enough settings for all the guests at the picnic.
The napkins can also double as placemats!

Just add your favorite picnic food & drink and you're ready to go!

Make sure to take two extra bags -- one for trash and the other for soiled plates & utensils that you can put in the dishwasher when you get home. This guarantees an enjoyable picnic and a happy mother earth!

Happy Fourth of July & Happy Weekend!


  1. I love the idea of tying cutlery to the plate with a napkin!

    Happy weekend!

  2. Hope you're having agood weekend, too, Amanda!

  3. So cute and clever!! I want to come too : )

  4. You are very welcome to join me! Thanks for stopping by =)

  5. Hi Anna Lindsey! Glad you like them =)

  6. What a good idea! That would be great for a packed lunch at work too.

  7. Looks really lovely!!

    Mrs A of the Rubbish Diet blog had a similar post on gift-wrapping with cloth (reusable gift-wrapping!!) These would look really lovely as gifts too!!

    PS For soiled plates & utensils maybe a washable plastic box could be better than a bag? (An aunt once did that..) Not sure what would be more eco, hmm..?

    PS2 maybe be careful with melamine.. I totally loved it too, am now cautious due to what happened in China, & also not sure it's recyclable?

  8. Hello Layla -- thanks for your visit! I'll make sure to check out the Rubbish Diet blog (thanks for the tip). Thanks also for the additional picnic ideas that are sure to be environment-safe. A washable box (like what they use in restaurants) is a good idea! Yup, gotta be careful with the melamine -- hmmm, I was thinking of plastic plates that can be used over and over vs. one-time use plates like Styrofoam :) Cheers!


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