Memories of Picnics and Mason Jars – Floral Friday

Happy Friday Dear Readers!!

It’s another great Friday because it is Floral Friday!

Join me and my fabulously talented Floral Friday friends, Lidy, Mary and Pam

as we present our theme today of Picnics and Jars.

I had a tough time with this one today.

Not with the creation of our theme today, but the sweet memories

that the Mason/Ball jars brought to me as I gathered my pretties to share with you:

the Memories of Picnics and Mason Jars – Floral Friday.

Berry Patch Picnic-Housepitality Designs-9

If you are visiting from one of my friends mentioned above . . .

thank you so much for visiting me today.


Our theme today is picnic and jars.

I have lots of vintage jars, but there are two vintage Mason/Ball jars that are special to me.

Special, as in one of my Dad’s cousins lived in a most wonderful farmhouse

in Iowa.  Iowa . . .  where my Dad was born and raised.

Vintage Ball Jars-Housepitality Designs

On a visit to Iowa many, many years ago, I remember sitting in the kitchen of my

Dad’s cousin’s  farmhouse admiring her many Ball jars with zinc lids . . .

all lined up on the ledge of her kitchen window

 the beautiful color of blue sparkling as the sun shined upon them. “Oh I love those!”

“Oh they are just old canning jars,” she said . . . “But they are beautiful,” I exclaimed!

She quickly took my hand and led me to the window and said, “please, take a couple” … and I did.

That sweet cousin of my Dad’s has since passed on and I will always think of her

when I see the my Mason/Ball jars filled with treasures.

Ball Jar Floral-Housepitality Designs-3

Treasures . . . . I have always filled those jars with something special.

The large one containing rocks that both my Sweetie and my son have gathered

when either on a walk or on vacation. I think the first rock my son picked up

for his collection was in the Smokey Mountains. Being a Florida boy, you just don’t come

across those pretty “mountain rocks”

My Sweetie loves finding beautifully shaped rocks on the beach.

Her beach and trail rocks are intermingled with her dad’s in that special Ball jar.

Berry Patch Picnic-Housepitality Designs

The smaller jar holds my son’s first crayons. I dare not tell you how old they are!!!

He was a finicky kind of kid. He kept things rather neat and organized

and once a crayon had a tear in the wrapper/cover . . . off to the trash it went.

So in the jar are the remainder of the 64 pack of crayons. Most of the wrappers intact.

Berry Patch Picnic-Housepitality Designs-6

Picnics . . . one of the greatest things we love to do. We, as in all of us around the world.

Whether it be in a most beautiful spot overlooking a lavender field in France . .

or on the beach where most of my picnics were as a child.

When I was a stay-at-home mom, my friends and I would load up the kids

and go on many picnics in the park. A inexpensive outing/entertainment

and you bring your own food! . . . We made sure we brought extra bread for the ducks.

I loved it when my mom and dad would load us kids into the car and take our Sunday drives

with a picnic lunch.  I tried to carry on that tradition when we were a young family.

We rarely do that anymore . . . life gets hectic.  

But just maybe we should all slow down and smell the Hot Dogs!

Vintage Picnic-Housepitality Designs

A long, long time ago, I purchased this vintage picnic basket and it had a little surprise in it.

It was filled with vintage plastic food trays and cups.

Truthfully, this is the very first time I took them out!

As my many picnic baskets were just stacked in a corner.

Berry Patch Picnic-Housepitality Designs-4

Today I thought I would re-create a picnic at the beach that my parents would have done.

My mom LOVES Hot Dogs …. there used to be small grills by the picnic tables not too

far from the water. My mom would pack lots of food that couldn’t be spoiled.

My dad was not a fan of Hot Dogs …. what?!! ….

So my mom would pack something special just for him.

Berry Patch Picnic-Housepitality Designs-3

Missing here is a rice salad that was so yummy….she makes it to this day by popular demand.

The popular demand? . . . . her kids! It has a rice vinegar base so no worry of getting spoiled.

Berry Patch Picnic-Housepitality Designs-10

This is the very first time that I have photographed anything outdoors at the Berry Patch House.

I scouted for a great background . . . there were actually quite a few,

but I chose this background in front of the house.

Berry Patch Picnic-Housepitality Designs

The flowers in the Ball jars are of the pink Daisy variety, pink and white Alstroemeria,

and blue Delphiniums. Simple flowers perfect for a picnic.

Delphinium-Housepitality Designs

Berry Patch Picnic-Housepitality Designs-5

I honestly was obsessing a bit about creating my first outdoor post at the Berry Patch House,

the unfamiliar territory thing . . . But it worked out just fine.

Berry Patch Picnic-Housepitality Designs-11

Berry Patch Picnic-Housepitality Designs-7

Now how about you? Do you still love going on picnics? … Other than the “company” kind?

Taking that leisurely Sunday Drive and taking along a picnic basket

rather than stopping at a restaurant?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~  

And now to some more fabulous Picnics and Jars inspiration for you to enjoy.

Please visit my amazing Floral Friday friends who will surely put a smile on your face!

Their images and links to their posts are below.











I wish you all a most beautiful day and weekend!

AND . . . I  hope you find time to stop and smell the Hot Dogs!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  1. Shirley, I love the memories you shared and I had to laugh at your son disposing of his crayons once the wrapper was torn. I guess he inherited his ‘neat and finicky’ genes…does have the organizational gene too when it comes to garage and attic storage? 🙂 Such a fun vintage basket with trays for picnicking! I love vintage Redmon picnic baskets, I have a couple I’ve collected at a favorite antique mall over the years. Your landscaping at the Berry Patch House looks so fresh and inviting thanks to your efforts and wallet! I’m looking forward to seeing more of it in future posts. As always, it’s a treat to join you for Floral Friday. ♥

    • Ellen Stillabower says

      A beautiful display..I picked up on the Redmon/Redman basket right away..I too have a collection and am always looking for good ones,,love the flowers..and the ball jars…Mary’s blog got me started on Ball Jars and I have a lot now. It made sense for me since I live in the Ball Jar State!!! Thanks for the beautiful picnic and yes, we are having one at the end of the month..with fried chicken and baked beans…

  2. Shirley, we are both sentimental girls. I absolutely love your memories that you shared. I especially love that you have your son’s crayons. You have created a beautiful picnic in a beautiful spot at the. Berry Patch House. Hot dogs and picnics just go together. Your Redmon basket full of old trays was a fabulous find! I enjoy sharing Floral Friday’s with you sweet friend! Have a wonderful weekend❤️

  3. Beautiful setting- love the vignette you created. The flowers are beautiful especially in the mason jars.

  4. Such a beautiful setting Shirley, it looks like a fairy tale! I loved reading your memories of your family and old jars, I can see why you love picnics and jars! The way you styled the bench with the lovely cloth, flower bouquets and vintage basket is just breathtaking, it looks so inviting!

  5. JoAnn Mooney says

    I knew you were sentimental and a collector, but your son’s first crayons…how special is that!!!! You created a beautiful spot for a picnic at the Berry Patch House and the vintage picnic basket with the colorful plates and cups are great (reminded me of the colors of old fiesta ware). I hope you can make time in your busy schedule for a picnic!

  6. Shirley, you have shared some very sweet memories this morning! I can remember when my husband and I would take the kids to the lake for a picnic. My daughter was very sick when she was a baby and with the medical bills there wasn’t much money left to do extra things. Picnics were inexpensive entertainment. You have inspired me! As soon as we have some better temperatures, I’m taking my family on a picnic. We need to slow down a bit! You have such a wonderful outdoor setting for a picnic. Your floral arrangements look so pretty in the mason jars. The whole setting is just gorgeous!

  7. So Pretty Shirley, and I guess us “stylists” all have that flair for picnics as the Captain and I go on picnics as often as we can. No matter the menu, I can find the romance in a picnic. You have a lovely garden for your picnic but I have enjoyed picnics in a car viewing a lake while it rains and enjoyed it as much as a perfect garden setting. That is the romantic in me. Beautiful table and picnic basket and your backdrop of trees and plants are delightful.

  8. Oh, I am LOVING the outdoor scenes at the Berry Patch House! I didn’t realize what I had at the ol house with the landscaping we did. Your picnic looks yummy! I don’t own a picnic basket and haven’t been on a picnic in many, MANY years. Maybe I will start that with Colleen. Beautiful Floral Friday. I am guessing the table and chairs were part of the house? Love them! Have a great weekend!

  9. PS, now I want a hot dog and watermelon for lunch:)

  10. What sweet memories of days gone by. Such a beautiful setting in your temporary yard. It looks like it is landscaped well. I know that pleases your hubby since he is a yard fanatic. It sounds like your son didn’t fall too far from the tree. 🙂

  11. I loved the stories of your jars. And, they are perfect storage and flower arrangers. Mine are filled with herbs and staples in the kitchen. Thanks for the great post!

  12. Jann Olson says

    Shirley, this setting is just perfect! I have a table and chair set like that which once belonged to my sweet parents. I love ball jars too , and your story is priceless. A gorgeous table indeed!!

  13. Your photos are so pretty. It looks like the Berry Patch house is on a very nice piece of property. You have inspired me to grab one of my Ball jars and take a walk around my yard and make an arrangement. I have magic lilies, purple coneflowers and phlox that are in bloom right now. Hopefully I can find some Queen Anne’s Lace to add. Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. I love how you tell stories and also the beauty you create. What beautiful memories of the ball jars! I am a very sentimental girl also and I think love is at the root of this. Georgeous table!

  15. Enjoyed your post Shirley! Love the ball jars and vintage picnic set and especially all the memories you shared. Enjoyed a picnic this past Mothers Day with my adult children, good food and a relaxing day playing cards afterwards.

  16. You have chosen well your theme and the friends who join you on your Floral Fridays. All are a delight.

  17. I have to tell you how I enjoyed the story of the crayons and how neat that you still have them. How exciting it must’ve been when you opened that vintage basket to find all the goodies.

    Such a beautiful post you set down to every detail

    Enjoy your weekend


  18. Shirley, I really enjoy how you weave your memories and experiences into your stories. Its very personal touch and helps bring old memories of mine back to me…

    Like taking a picnic with my Grandma and siblings to the shores of the Blackfoot River in Montana when I was 9 years old. It was within walking distance of our house, water was low in late summer – only deep enough to wade, but freezing cold! We have some wonderful photos of us all being playful.

    Your landscaping at the new home looks so pretty!

  19. I have fond picnic memories where mom would pack a basket for a day trip or dad would make beach side breakfast on those little grills doing the scrambled eggs in a cast iron fry pan (still in use in my kitchen today). We received a picnic basket complete with plastic dishes for a wedding gift 44 years ago and gave it a lot of use when we were raising kids. Ironic that you finally used yours with the dishes during one of the most hectic times of your life! if you can do it then so will I! I’m inspired now.

  20. What a stunning vignette!!! Love the soft pastel colors!! We have had too much rain here along with terrific heat and humidity to enjoy the Summer…

  21. Magical! You have such a talent for creating beauty Shirley, I am sure that these gardens are rejoicing while you are living there. What an inviting spot you have created for a picnic, and oh! how i would love to join you. So pretty, the setting is lush, and I can just imagine how beautiful it would be to gather there for a visit. It’s always a joyful blessing to share Floral Fridays with you, friend.

  22. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says

    Your picnic looks lovely. Yes, we do go on picnics still. Sometimes after hiking in the mountains. Sometimes at the Biltmore Estate.

  23. I love the thoughts of picnics past, and your memories of mason jars, Shirley. Those are the best times of our lives. Our family on my dad’s side does reunions picnic style, which is always fun, but recently my siblings all got together for a picnic lunch locally, just to have the chance to sit and talk over a simple sandwich lunch. It’s a good, newer memory. 🙂

    You have made yourself at home quite nicely at the Berry Patch.

  24. I have to inform you how I loved the story of the crayons and the way neat that you still have them. How exciting it need to have been when you opened that antique basket to locate all the sweets.

    Any such stunning submit you place all the way down to every element.

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.