Well since we're on the subject of all things fun and outdoors, I thought it would be nice to discuss picnics! The picnic originated with the French; the first mention of it appeared in the 1692 edition of Origines de la Langue Francoise de Menage. The word picnic was believed to be derived from the word "piquer" meaning to pick or peck, and "nique" an nonsense word basically used to mean trifle, and thus described a setting of little pieces of food for all to pick and enjoy.
Grace Coddington's take on a French picnic with Christian Lacroix gowns via Vogue
Picnics didn't originally imply an outdoor setting but evolved to do so due to their popularity with hunting parties in France and England. Eventually special baskets, pottery, and cookware, as well as blankets were made for such a special occasion. You can see the fabulous picnic gear enjoyed by Meryl Streep and Robert Redford enjoyed on the set of Out of Africa (which just released a 25th anniversary edition on Blu Ray. Mister was kind enough to order it for us!)
Ruelala has some of the cutest picnic baskets on sale right now from Picnic Time, and I'm completely obsessed. So, for your viewing pleasure some of my favorites:
Aren't they all so adorable! Couldn't you just picture yourself in a park, by a lake, on the beach!
Ruelala also has some other pretty fabulous sales going on right now:
Frock! by Tracy Reese
and Stephen Dweck Jewelry
I've written about Ruelala before, but in case you aren't familiar, it's an online sale boutique that is invitation only. You don't have to pay to become a member, you just have to receive an invitation. Click this link, and you're on your way! Kate Spade will be on sale tomorrow. Happy shopping, and do tell about any fabulous picnics you've had!