Al Fresco Dinnerware Picnic Packets

ย Now that the sweltering heat of the summer is gone and the mosquitoes have gone into hiding, it is the perfect time for some al fresco dining! Get outside and enjoy the beautiful autumn weather with a picnic. As I’ve been telling you, my sister was married recently. We assembled a honeymoon picnic basket for the newlyweds. While searching for ideas, I started a picnic Pinterest board. One of my favorite ideas were the cutlery pockets from the Garnish Blog. I just had to make my own version with baker’s twine!

Start with a brown paper lunch bag. Cut off the top 4 inches of the lunch bag.
Open up the lunch bag piece so that the inside flaps are sticking out. Trim about 2 inches off each side.
Sew the sides and bottom of the remaining piece of the bag using a wide zig zag stitch. Then, gather a napkin or two, plasticware, a straw and baker’s twine.
Fold the napkins and insert them into the packet. Next, insert the plasticware and straw. Finally, add a baker’s twine bow.
I found this basket at a garage sale for 2 dollars. I removed the seventies fabric from the inside and then cleaned the basket. I removed the leather clasp pieces and spray painted them silver. Then, I spray painted the basket green since the wedding colors were green and gray.
It turned out great and the newlyweds were delighted with the basket! The dinnerware packets could be used for weddings, parties, school lunches or even dinner on your deck. They are a fun way to easily contain the items needed for a meal.
What is your favorite outdoor dining location?
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  1. Jessica says

    I am in love with this! I will be making these for my Wedding for next May! This is perfect and I will also be on the hunt for a picnic basket to store them all so the guest just have to grab one out! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Lynette says

    I love this idea!! Both ideas! The basket and the packets. We are having a special women’s ministry event in August. You just gave me the best idea ever – those packets will be the talk of the event! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing!

  3. Event Invitations by Tango Design says

    Love the idea….not sure if i can do the sewing with no sewing machine…..but the whole concept is super cute. Thanks for sharing, makes any event so special

    • Lynette says

      I have an idea….it would take time and depending on how many you intended to make…but could you hand stitch the pouches? Like just do a straight running stitch or take a pen and make the dots for a dot-to-dot zigzag stitch by hand as well? Just a thought so you can make them, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • says

      Thanks Vanessa! I was just thinking that I should make some to store in our car so that we have them when we decide to eat on the run or at a park.

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