Hope you are doing okay. As many of have seen on my social media stories, I have been using wooden palett with my children for our outdoor picnic. I received many questions and compliments. I decided to share the whole process with you with a recipe of course!!!
I usually get inspired and my ideas at night when the children are in bed and I do not have to constantly worry about one of them breaking arm or leg. While browsing Instagram I saw a post on Instagram of a fancy outdoor dinner picnic and I loved it, so I wanted to recreate it.
I took a pen and started to outline my ideas and made a drawing…… I am horrible at drawing but at least I had my idea down. Since I did not have a low wooden table, I then decided to use wooden pallet to make a table. I went on Facebook market and offer up looking for some. Luckily I found 2 free one 30 minutes from my place ( the owner wanted to get rid of them…Lucky me). It was around 8 pm and I had my friend Ericka help me pick them up.
The next day I went to home depot get some paint to match the patio. DIY are not really my cup of tea so I picked up a lot of stuff that I did not need or where too expensive there.
For the string lights were $7 less at Walmart and battery operated. The one at Home Depot had to be plugged.
The link for the string lights
The mat, I bought it over 3 years ago and it is “Children Proof”. You can easily fold it and store it. Picnic Matt Link
I wanted to make pole light but it turned out to be an epic fail?. So my sister attached the poles to the pallets: Genius idea.
For the small fire pits I was actually looking for real wood and I would have put string light around it to make an effect but it like I could not find some free one and I was not going to buy because I do not ave a fire place. I then got stones, baskets, buffet warning light from the dollar tree. I actually got most of my supplies there: charger plates, plastic flowers, flower vase, table runner, water glasses, serving plate.
The pillows I got them from Ross Dress for Less. I got darker colors : black-white, grey-white. I would have got all white if I was having this picnic in my bedroom by myself with no kids allowed. L-O-L. the The children were happy because I involve them in the set up process. My 6 years old wanted to do almost everything. My 3 years old and I had to fight a bit about the flower arrangement but we came to an agreement.
My sister and I had a little seafood platter while the children wanted to stick to their grilled chicken with Attieke and Fries.
I put the recipe down. One tip for crispy and crunchy fries is to precook them and fry them later in very hot oil. I tried the one were you have to put hot water on the fries and I did not work for me.
Baked Lobster and Shrimp
- 1 Lobster
- 8 shrimps
- 5 garlic cloves
- 4 sprig Pasley
- 2 sprig Green onion
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/2 red bell pepper small
- Preheat the oven at 400 F
- Cut the lobsters lengthwise.
- Mix an grind all ingredients.
- Brush the lobster and the shrimps with that paste.
- Bake your seafood for 15 mins but no more than 20 minutes.
We have been trying to do an outdoor picnic at least once a week when the weather permits. Since it is too hot outside we usually do it for dinner or snack time. I try as much as I can to get most of the stuffs from the dollar store so we can easily switch decors. The kids are always happy to set the table while I get the food ready.
Let me know what you think about our DIY project in the comment section❤