Basically all of my posts for the wedding say “collected” and “vintage” and that pretty much sums up the whole experience for me. I decided that DIY was grand but I also loved sourcing unique pieces for the wedding that not many others would have done before.
As part of the addiction / wedding hoarding, I also collected vintage picnic baskets. Yes, there are those words again. I’m fairly certain I could start a drinking game for my blog where you take a shot each time you read “collected” or “vintage”. In fact, I plan to take a hit of wine every time I type “collected” or “vintage”. This should be fun!
I found the majority of my baskets and blankets on eBay and tried to source the blankets from the 40s-50s, looking for 100% wool, often made by Faribo. One of the blankets I bought came in this beautiful leather case with a 1950s family featured on it. Was incredible!
I used the blankets and baskets to see up a picnic on the grass at the venue for immediately after we returned from the church. I had some plastic champagne flutes, which I picked up in Costco, in the baskets, along with some chilled magnums of bubbly. The canapes were served to guests as they relaxed on the blankets. We also pulled some straw bales that were left over from a wedding the weekend before and draped blankets over them to provide some seating.
I definitely spent way too much money on the baskets and blankets! I spent around $360 for roughly $28 per item and while I loved them and they looked gorgeous, this was definitely more than I should have spent! If I had a do over, I’d do just a few baskets for decoration and aesthetic and have lots of blankets. The guests loved chilling out on the blankets on a gorgeous Irish summer’s day.