Picnic Parade

April 24, 2011

I couldn’t think of a more fun way to spend Easter – picnicing with friends in the Virginia countryside!

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We started our day with a 5.5 mile run with Faith and Tate. Run that hangover out! Once home, we packed up a picnic and headed out to Jefferson Vineyards where we set up came with our friends.

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To pay our dues, we bought a couple of bottles of wine to enjoy with the food

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These were perfect for the near-90-degree weather! A semi dry Vin Blanc, which was just slightly sweet, and the Vin Rouge, a lighter red perfect for a hot day.

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We also lugged an entire KEG of sparkling water, knowing that most of us would be thirsty! This is the set up we have in our basement – a keg of water that Matt fills from the tap attached to a CO2 tank to keep it bubbly.

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I drank so much it made me full!

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Our food spread was amazing -

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The potluck included:

  • Great Harvest Spinach Feta (from our freezer!)
  • Cookies and Corks
  • Spinach Egg mini quiches
  • Fruit pizza
  • Giant bean herb salad
  • FRUIT!
  • Deviled eggs
  • Mini ham biscuits
  • Hummus, olives, cheese
  • Pesto Green Pasta Salad

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I made the pasta salad with the Philly Homegrown Severino Pasta – I loved the fun swirly shape plus a big pot of braised greens and mixed with the Pestos with Panache Fig + Gorgonzola plus walnuts. It was excellent!

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KERF

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Plus a little white wine and lots of sparkling water

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I served them on my George Washington plate from my grandmother’s collection since we were on a presidential estate!

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We played a few games – bocce for me!

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And took romantic scenic photos

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Then I feasted on fruit pizza and a few cookies. Krissy made Angela’s fruit pizza and it was incredible!

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More fun and games. It was HOT! And I have an awful sunburn to show for it. I was very irresponsible and did not put any sunscreen on my arms or shoulders (only my face) and am in big trouble with myself now.

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Happy Easter!

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1 Morgan @ moments of mmm April 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm

What a fun day! Being outside with friends and fabulous food!

Hopefully, one day when I am finally a homeowner I can invest in a CO2 tank like that! How convenient! Are the tanks pretty expensive?

Enjoy the rest of your Easter!

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2 Krissy - Shiawase Life April 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Hahah! Love it =) Thanks for organizing it, Kath!!

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3 Ashley April 24, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Wow…such pretty colors in this post! The food spread looks DEElicious!! Glad you had a fun day with friends. :) I’m about to start tiling our backsplash, haha…

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4 Lisa Fine April 24, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Fun photos, and sounds like such a great day. And I love that you had so many delicious foods.

I love spending holidays with friends sometimes, instead of with family. It doesn’t look like anyone else took advantage of having a picnic at those vineyards. Was anyone else doing the same as you?

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5 KathEats April 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Yeah – there were a few other families!

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6 Vanessa April 24, 2011 at 5:18 pm

That looks like an amazing Easter celebration!! Blew mine out of the water. Jealous!! Love the pictures :-)

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7 Allison @ Happy Tales April 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Ahhhh you looked like you had such a wonderful day!!! And what perfect weather for all of the Easter festivities. BTW, so glad you posted about the plate from your grandmother’s collection…i am LOVING it.. it’s so pretty!

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8 Lauren April 24, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Happy Easter! Your picnic looks amazing, I want to eat everything!

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9 Caitlin @ Southern Curls & Pearls April 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm

WOW – the countryside looks beautiful!! And it was such a pretty day for you guys. And the food looks yummy, as well (I haven’t had dinner yet and it’s making my mouth water!).

Happy Easter!!

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10 Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 24, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Running is the best hangover cure for sure! I love jumping pictures.. and yours are fabulous. The pics of you and your hubster are super cute too!

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11 Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm

That looks like so much fun!! Love the photos of you and Matt dancing. They’re so sweet :)

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12 Estela @ Weekly Bite April 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm

What a fun day!! Love the picture of everyone jumping :)

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13 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) April 24, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Looks like the PERFECT way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Temps in the 80s, good friends, lots of food, wine, the Virginia countryside…. All some of life’s greatest things!

Hope that sunburn goes away quickly!

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14 Kat @ Cupcake Kat April 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Such a wonderful way to spend Easter! I love potlucks and picnics so I need to make sure to do this when I the extra time someday.
I love the pictures of the rooster and cat on the wine bottles.

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15 Lee April 24, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Looks like a very fun way to spend your Easter. Hope the sunburn heals. It’s crazy that it’s suddenly become sunburn weather.

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16 sara April 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm

looks like a TON of fun :) that is a beautiful dress btw!

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17 Molly April 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm

This looks so fun! Thank goodness for good Easter Sunday weather!

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18 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Looks like an amazingly fun day! So glad you enjoyed your weekend:-)

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19 Sarah April 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm

This looks so amazing and beautiful! What a wonderful party, and I love the pix and countryside.

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20 MonsteRawr April 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I’m kind-of obsessed with that last picture. And the first one looks like it should be the cover of an album.

Looks like you had a ton of fun!

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21 Baking Books April 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Is that cows in the background in the top pics?

What a fun day. Glad you got some sun for it – love the dress!

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22 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 24, 2011 at 6:36 pm

What a great day! So glad you got the chance to enjoy some time with friends!

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23 Sana April 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm

That dress looks amazing on youuu!

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24 lynn @ the actor's diet April 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm

sounds like a perfect easter sunday! great dress by the way

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25 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm

That’s an awesome way to spend Easter! The pics and food look fantastic. Yay for creating fun memories!

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26 Heidi - apples under my bed April 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm

oh Kath it looks like so much fun! The scenery, the friends, the food, the wine, the jumping shot haha. Love it! You look so happy. Cheers,
Heidi xo

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27 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 24, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Kath I DIG THE PICS in this post!

The sort of antique-ish finish that you applied to them, with the countryside and overcast sky and your dress…and love the dip shots of you and Matt. So great!

The 1st shot of the group…awesome photography!

And what a fun day!

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28 rebecca lustig April 24, 2011 at 7:28 pm

classiest picnic EVER!

happy easter

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29 Caroline @ French Ponytail April 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm

That looks like such a fun time! I wish it was hot here…instead is rainy and cold in NYC. (Also – your dress is awesome!).

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30 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 24, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Oh wow, I LOVE picnics. Especially in the early spring before all the mosquitoes start to come out and ruin the fun.

Those pictures of you and Matt are great!

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31 Emily April 24, 2011 at 7:40 pm

CUTE dress, Kath!!

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32 Natalia - a side of simple April 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Looks like you had a blessed Easter :) Happy (what’s left of it) Easter Sunday!!

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33 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm

What a perfect way to celebrate Easter! Looks like so much fun. :)

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34 Carly April 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm

LOVE your dress!! Where did you get it?!

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35 KathEats April 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Thanks! It’s from Loehmann’s

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36 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm

What a fun way to celebrate!! I loooovvveee sparkling water :)

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37 Meg April 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Friends are SUCH blessings!! Happy Easter – you are GORGEOUS, per usual!

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38 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet April 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm

What a perfect Easter day, and amazing weather for a picnic! And it looks like you had a great time :)

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39 Claire @ The Lazy Alchemist April 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I love jumping photos! Looks like a fantastic way to spend Easter!

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40 staceyhealthylife April 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm

How fun. I’m so jealous of all the delicious looking food. I must make that fruit pizza.

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41 Krissy - Shiawase Life April 24, 2011 at 10:03 pm

YES! Make it NOW =)

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42 Hilary April 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm

SO. MUCH. FUN. And looks incredibly delicious!

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43 Marie@feedingfive April 24, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Wonderful photos. I am always so impressed with the entirety of your posts. I know I’ve told you this before but I veer everyone I know to your blog as inspiration and an example of how to eat. You really practice what you preach……..and there is a lot of bad preaching going on. Thanks for the continued knowledge and ideas.

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44 KathEats April 25, 2011 at 6:39 am

Thank you Marie ;)

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45 Khushboo April 24, 2011 at 11:33 pm

I love that pic of Matt dipping you- definetely frameworthy!

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46 Heidi April 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

I absolutely LOVE your dress! Where did you get it? Also, I am loving your blog…very inspiring!

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47 KathEats April 25, 2011 at 6:39 am

It’s from Loehmann’s – thanks!

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48 Hannah April 25, 2011 at 12:02 am

Oh gosh, how is it fair that you and Matt get to be so cute?!

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49 Jess @ NZ Girl Runs April 25, 2011 at 12:53 am

I agree! Such a cute couple!

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50 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) April 25, 2011 at 4:30 am

Wow, how high did you jump in that group shot!? Impressive!

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51 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 25, 2011 at 7:04 am

That looks like such a perfect day! Good weather, good food, and good friends! What more could you ask for? :)

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52 Sof April 25, 2011 at 7:42 am

Hi Kath,

I love the pictures, how do you make them look “antique” like that? I would LOVE to try it!

Thanks and happy Monday :)

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53 KathEats April 25, 2011 at 7:44 am

It’s an editing technique in Lightroom. Do you have it?

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54 Halley (Blunder Construction) April 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

Way to rock the long dress. That is one reason it’s great to be short… long dresses on me only go to my ankles. I love the photos in this one!

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55 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 25, 2011 at 10:55 am

What a fun post!!! So much life in all of the photos. :) I love the very past pic of you.
I totally giggled when I read a ‘keg of sparkling water’ LOL…too funny.
So cool that the fruit pizza was made…I forgot all about that little guy.
Thanks for the smile when I am sick!

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56 Krissy @ Shiawase Life April 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm

thanks so much for the great recipe!

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57 becca (bellebottoms) April 25, 2011 at 11:17 am

love the dress!!

it looks like it was such a fun day!! :)

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58 Ashley (The Vegetable Life) April 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I love love love your dress!!!

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59 Charise April 26, 2011 at 7:51 am

That dress is cute on you, Kath! Love the idea of an Easter picnic at a winery with friends. I usually end up spending Easter Sunday on a long drive after a weekend with my family.

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60 Alyssa April 26, 2011 at 10:46 am

That looks amazing :-) Glad you were able to enjoy with friends!! I need a local vineyard, stat!

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