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Guest Curator: A Vintage Picnic With Please Sir

Jun 9, 2010

by pleasesir handmade and vintage goods

Diana_bio.jpgDiana Martini is the creator and author of Please Sir, a daily site devoted to passions like modern and vintage design, eclectic photography and inspiring art. Born in New York, Diana now lives in North Carolina and works as a textile designer. She spends her free time discovering new inspiration, learning photography and cruising flea markets for the next vintage find.
Though I’m a textile designer by day, my true passion, as those of you who frequent Please Sir may know, lies within all things vintage. I fell in love with vintage by watching my mom’s no-nonsense bargaining skills at local yard sales, and she helped me recognize the inspiration and nostalgia that vintage can bring into my life and home. Today, when I can’t hit the weekend garage sales, my favorite spot for vintage is Etsy, because you can always find one-of-a-kind vintage pieces at reasonable prices. Besides scouring flea markets, one of my goals this summer is to enjoy the beautiful weather and relax. What better way to do so then with a vintage picnic? Invite your friends, pack delicious food, find a grassy patch or backyard picnic table and shop the items below to throw your very own vintage picnic!


Dress the part in an ultra-cute picnic outfit complete with a 50’s Dirndl Skirt from thegreedyseagull, white lattice peeptoe heels from DearGoldenVintage and a charming wicker picnic purse available from fabgabs. Don’t forget your sunscreen!



For a classic picnic, pack food and goodies in a Redmon picnic basket from RedHenStudios or, for a more convenient solution, bring the orange picnic set from KitschDesigns, which includes all the necessary dinnerware. Tote the easy-to-carry Ingrid stackable plastic pitcher set from cutfromthesamecloth for sweet tea (spiked or not) and add ice to the retro aqua cooler from MonkiVintage for beverages. Spread out a traditional red and white cotton gingham picnic blanket, like the fabric available from blueflowervintage, and you’re ready to enjoy your vintage picnic!



If you prefer to have a vintage summer party, then set the picnic table with pink and white gingham napkins from SuzisCornerBoutique and display appetizers in a yellow serving set like the one from TheLovelys. Serve main dishes and sides on the vintage luncheon set from junkculture, and for dessert scoop homemade ice cream into colorful Raffiaware Thermo-Temp bowls from  wingedgiraffevintage. Between yummy bites and entertaining conversations, play a round of croquet with the vintage table top croquet set available from thesundaytimesmarket. Are you having summer cravings yet?

For more picnic inspiration check out the beautiful vintage picnic sets I recently found at a local antique show and party decor ideas from vintage caravans. Thank you for having me and I hope you have a vintage filled summer with many picnic parties!


What vintage items do you like to bring on picnics? Tell us about them in the comments below.

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  • funretro

    funretro said 6 years ago

    super fun finds!

  • mamafamilias

    mamafamilias said 6 years ago

    These picks almost seem to promise perfect weather to go with them. How fun!

  • melaniefavreau

    melaniefavreau said 6 years ago


  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 6 years ago

    i have a collection of vintage picnic baskets - my fav, on oldie from england with the plates and silverware still inside!! great article!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 6 years ago

    Love that skirt... Looks like something I wore ages ago. oops, my age is showing. The gingham things are so cheerful. Picnic time is here.

  • VintageBeach

    VintageBeach said 6 years ago

    Perfect picnic!

  • derinmavi

    derinmavi said 6 years ago

    Just great! Thank you for this great article!

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 6 years ago


  • 6catsVintage

    6catsVintage said 6 years ago

    I haven't been on true homegrown family picnic in many years. My family used to often have summer picnics on the beach and at local baseball games. Love the gingham picks, they remind of those carefree days.

  • videogamegal

    videogamegal said 6 years ago

    Picnic season! What a great picnic basket and skirt!!

  • jenniferdennispotter

    jenniferdennispotter said 6 years ago

    Cute choices! I need a real picnic basket rather than always using a cooler. My Mom had one that had elastic on the lid for all of the utensils.

  • Addy

    Addy said 6 years ago

    Great finds! I love the stacking pitcher set.

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 6 years ago

    I’ve been meaning to surprise my husband with a picnic this month – thanks for this inspiring collection of supplies!

  • BirdonWireStudio

    BirdonWireStudio said 6 years ago

    So much fun!

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 6 years ago

    Summer is wonderful!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 6 years ago

    Cut picnic basket, everything you need is right there, thanks ,for sharing!

  • pineappleaisle

    pineappleaisle said 6 years ago

    A picnic under the sun sounds great! Don't forget to pack some fruit...

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 6 years ago

    Great finds!


    FASHIONRERUN said 6 years ago

    I love it all!!!!

  • MonkiVintage

    MonkiVintage said 6 years ago

    Great treasury Diana - love that picnic set!! Thanks for including us!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 6 years ago

    Lot of colorful summer fun!

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful picks! I'll be picnicking this weekend if all goes according to plan! <3 Andrea

  • SurrenderDorothy

    SurrenderDorothy said 6 years ago

    Yummy picks! Don't forget to pack the sunscreen!

  • ZenGarden

    ZenGarden said 6 years ago

    I love the dirndl skirt and blouse with those shoes and wicker purse!

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 6 years ago

    Great theme :)

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago

    i like wine and cheese!

  • indiepixie

    indiepixie said 6 years ago

    I think it's time for me to dig out my hamper!

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey said 6 years ago

    great items. Hopefully the sun will come out in the Pacific Northwest soon so I go out on a picnic!

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 6 years ago

    That vintage picnic set is a dream come true!

  • gresu

    gresu said 6 years ago

    these are so sweet, makes me want to ditch work and go on a picnic outside!

  • factorygirlashli

    factorygirlashli said 6 years ago


  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 6 years ago

    Love the aqua cooler!

  • CheekyVintageCloset

    CheekyVintageCloset said 6 years ago

    Great finds, HAPPY SUMMER!

  • brokenchandelier

    brokenchandelier said 6 years ago

    Love this!

  • ShellysVintage

    ShellysVintage said 6 years ago

    Super cute Diana! Love it. Vintage is soooo much fun!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 6 years ago

    I think Please Sir is my new favorite blog! Diana has such a great eye for putting vintage ensembles together. I love vintage picnic stuff, this post is just too good!

  • ParisianDreams

    ParisianDreams said 6 years ago

    Cute Finds! Makes me want to go on a picnic! I love picnics! :)

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 6 years ago

    Vintage picnic! LOVE IT!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 6 years ago

    I love a picnic...especially if it is including vintage touches! someone pass the macaroni salad! there are so many wonderful summer picnic items here on etsy! have fun browsing!

  • Chuletindesigns

    Chuletindesigns said 6 years ago

    I love the colors! :)

  • Floralina

    Floralina said 6 years ago

    I LOVE everything about this, I feel like going on a picnic now.

  • LulaMatilda

    LulaMatilda said 6 years ago

    I'm inspired!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 6 years ago

    Really lovely picks of a vintage age - and I adore her blog which I just came across thanks to this article.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Love the vintage picnic baskets!

  • vintagemimosette

    vintagemimosette said 6 years ago

    I would never sell my vintage picnic basket! I LOVE it!

  • metalissa

    metalissa said 6 years ago -- Red Gingham Flip Flops would go perfectly with this set!

  • Hammermann

    Hammermann said 6 years ago

    What a cool way to spend a day! ... great excuse to buy vintage items for the picnic.

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 6 years ago

    I'll grab the grapes, bread, cheese and let's go to the park!!!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Pure cheer & happy nostalgia! So good.

  • xmoonbloom

    xmoonbloom said 6 years ago

    so much cute

  • sneakyvintage

    sneakyvintage said 6 years ago

    Please Sir, I want some more. *hangs head at terrible Dickens joke* Sorry. This is a gorgeous article full of lovely things! Picnics for all!

  • foodhorrorshow

    foodhorrorshow said 6 years ago

    YUM!!!! Very fun article.

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 6 years ago

    Love the pics! great selection!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    yes, a picnic sounds great and these choices look so inviting.

  • PomegranateSeed

    PomegranateSeed said 6 years ago

    Great collection!, very inspired. Looking to warm and sunny days ahead.

  • vintageangel25

    vintageangel25 said 6 years ago

    oh boy...I love picnics!!!

  • semfox74

    semfox74 said 6 years ago

    I am absolutely loving the picnic finds here. Wish is wasn't raining here!

  • thetailorsstories

    thetailorsstories said 6 years ago

    Lovely picks!!

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 6 years ago

    Wonderful! What a lovely theme!

  • 2007musarra

    2007musarra said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing, great story!I miss old fashioned picnics :) Wonderful everyting. Lisa

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago

    Wow, I remember some of these things growing up!

  • VitalVintage

    VitalVintage said 6 years ago

    Let's all go on a picnic! Lovely collection.

  • RedHenStudios

    RedHenStudios said 6 years ago

    Thanks for including my Redmon picnic basket. We use one just like it whenever we travel, along with Scotch Coolers.

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 6 years ago

    Love the theme:) and the finds are great

  • xoxsmiley

    xoxsmiley said 6 years ago

    I like vintage baskets and blankets for picnics.

  • jakaco

    jakaco said 6 years ago

    Now I want to go on a picnic! I've been to several this year already, but this stuff would be better than my paper plates!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 6 years ago

    lovely finds here : )

  • omelerfashions

    omelerfashions said 6 years ago

    Oh wow, great, great idea! I'd never thought of having a vintage picnic, but this definitely sounds like something I'd love to do. Thanks for sharing!:)

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 6 years ago

    I'm so glad to learn about the "please sir" blog! I've added it to my bookmark bar, where I will visit every day!! Looks to be great!

  • customeyes

    customeyes said 6 years ago

    I am so glad the picnic season is here. Great choices. I, of course, will be bringing out my plaid metal Schlitz cooler with some cold ones.

  • ekra

    ekra said 6 years ago

    Lovely picks! One of the best parts of a picnic is lounging on a comfy blanket! This one looks perfect:[]=tags&includes[]=title

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 6 years ago

    Adorable collection!!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 6 years ago

    What a fun and cheerful collection, Diana ~ happy picnics to you!

  • preciousbaby123

    preciousbaby123 said 6 years ago

    I always love to take my mothers vintage quilt. She has gone home to be with the Lord. Her handmade quilt always makes me think of her and seems to make a picnic a cherished moment to remember.

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 6 years ago

    Very nice, time to pack up for a picnic! What food to bring?

  • paperholiday

    paperholiday said 6 years ago

    Oh my gosh! Too cute!

  • forrestinavintage

    forrestinavintage said 6 years ago

    Vintage is always good--in all seasons--summer included. :)

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    A fun and frilly and girls only picnic seems in order! Beautiful weather, fun clothes, delicious food, and good drinks seems like a perfect way to spend the coming weekend. Thanks for the fun finds!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    A fun and frilly and girls-only pikinic seems in order! Beautiful weather, fun clothes, delicious food, and cool drinks sound like the perfect way to spend the coming weekend. Thanks for the fun finds!

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 6 years ago

    Perfectly colorful & summery finds!! Love it all..Thanks!!

  • YesterdaysMemories09

    YesterdaysMemories09 said 6 years ago

    From a fellow lover of all things vintage, thank you very much for these fun picnic treasures.

  • davisdesignsau

    davisdesignsau said 6 years ago

    :-) Mum always said to keep certain things, that they'd be worth something one day... if only i'd listened!!

  • GaGa4GiftTags

    GaGa4GiftTags said 6 years ago

    Great finds!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Great picks for summer fun!!

  • mystuffs

    mystuffs said 6 years ago


  • nowonder

    nowonder said 6 years ago

    Such a stylish way to have a Picnic!

  • authorsdaughter

    authorsdaughter said 6 years ago

    very vintage delights!

  • fromsoul

    fromsoul said 6 years ago

    Excellect collection!!!

  • trishgrantham

    trishgrantham said 6 years ago

    Bought a few things from here! Thanks!

  • NinaStillStudio

    NinaStillStudio said 6 years ago

    Fresh, I love it all!

  • picciolo

    picciolo said 6 years ago

    Hi Diana, great article, I love your choices : )

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Perfect picnic picks, lovely , thanks for sharing !

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 6 years ago

    so pretty! made me smile:)

  • Earthystyle

    Earthystyle said 6 years ago

    these are all so cute!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    lovely picks, wish it was picnic weather today! Really liking the gingham.

  • zorya

    zorya said 6 years ago

    Love it!!!

  • quitefascinating

    quitefascinating said 6 years ago

    Lovely ideas!! I just stumbled upon a beautiful weaved picnic basket this summer, much like the one in your main photo. That is actually my goal for the summer, to have a nice vintage picnic with some friends! Thanks for all the ideas! Good luck!

  • Tarapparel

    Tarapparel said 6 years ago

    Great Ideas! Perfect picnic items :D

  • SeaPinks

    SeaPinks said 6 years ago

    Such lovely choices, I love that fabric!

  • jargonhead

    jargonhead said 6 years ago

    What fantastic finds! I love the vintage aqua cooler.

  • JustBakin

    JustBakin said 6 years ago

    This is so fun!

  • KitschDesigns

    KitschDesigns said 6 years ago

    Hey! Thanks for including my Orange Plastic picnic set! I love the idea of a vintage picnic. How fun indeed!

  • BeeHiveTreasures

    BeeHiveTreasures said 6 years ago

    Aaawwwww.....vintage picnic things take me back to my childhood days when we went to the lake every weekend in the summer. My mom had almost the whole set of raffia/burlap mugs, glasses, bowls, pitcher, etc. in our camper....I just loved using that stuff..... Thanks for the memories.....[]=tags&includes[]=title

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 6 years ago

    What a fun article!

  • steampunkjunk

    steampunkjunk said 6 years ago

    Vintage is the best! :)

  • StopTheClock

    StopTheClock said 6 years ago

    This collection makes for a perfect picnic! How fun!

  • LuMagoo

    LuMagoo said 6 years ago

    Great poolside/picnic finds...these are so fun.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    Adorable finds....reminds me of the ol tupperware parties many of my relatives did!

  • RR1Box80

    RR1Box80 said 6 years ago

    I can't wait to take my son out for a picnic now! Well, once it stops raining...Thank you!

  • actionjackson

    actionjackson said 6 years ago

    Great blog. I especially like the diversity of the posts' context. The N.E.E.T. blurb definitely caught my attention.

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 6 years ago

    Love the picnic goodies... oh the good old days!

  • ForgottenYarns

    ForgottenYarns said 6 years ago

    I wish it would stop raining here in Portland Oregon long enough to actually have a picnic. If it isn't raining where you all are..... Go on a picnic!!!!!!

  • ScarletandtheSea

    ScarletandtheSea said 6 years ago

    Wonderful finds!

  • junkculture

    junkculture said 6 years ago

    Thank you for featuring my picnic set!

  • marygracethomas

    marygracethomas said 6 years ago

    I had the privilege of meeting Diana, a fellow North Carolinian and lover of all things vintage, at the Liberty Antique Festival this spring. Great gal with remarkable talent! And, isn't the name of her blog fantastic? Love it! Mary Grace

  • kitschwear

    kitschwear said 6 years ago

    i really like the stackable pitcher set. my mother had one of these when i was younger.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    This reminds me of picnics that we used to go on when I was a little girl. Great Picks!

  • LittleSmartyPants

    LittleSmartyPants said 6 years ago

    cute retro finds. Where are the I Love Lucy aprons?

  • LittleSmartyPants

    LittleSmartyPants said 6 years ago

    Cute retro finds. What about the I LOVE LUCY aprons?

  • Designare

    Designare said 6 years ago

    Great finds, but please look at my site for some additonal items that would finish your picnic basket in style.

  • INKhandcrafted

    INKhandcrafted said 6 years ago

    I am planning a picnic for my second anniversary and I am so excited to have found this read! Everything pictured was so nice.

  • MarthaMae34

    MarthaMae34 said 6 years ago

    What an awe-inspiring collection, I want everything!

  • MyUniqueAntiques

    MyUniqueAntiques said 6 years ago

    Very nice theme. I loved picnics as a kid and this makes me want to start doing it again! I love vintage tupperware pieces which takes me back to the 60's. Thanks for the memories!

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