I am a huge fan of Amy Atlas and her incredible events. So on a whim, this afternoon I decided to put together an Amy-Atlas-inspired snack picnic buffet for my boys. Since this took zero planning on my part and mere minutes to put together, I really shouldn’t compare it to an Amy Atlas event! But I think it’s important to note that it doesn’t always take planning and money to make special happen!
I shopped my mom’s house for everything, so it didn’t cost me (or my mom) a dime. I decided to go with a blue and white beach theme and started with the seat cushions. The cushions are originally pink and yellow floral, so I simply took a blue & white check tablecloth and matching table runner from the closet and wrapped them around the cushions.
A large net of clearance PB sea stars were sitting in my mom’s hutch, and I knew just how I wanted to use them! To make the sea star garland, I strung the stars onto some curling ribbon and secured them to the window sashes with tape. So sweet and simple.
I used the leftover sea star net for our catch of the day….chocolate!
I bought the cute crab plate as a gift for my mom a few years ago and I love this plate! I get good use out of it each time I visit :).
These are adorable double stuffed beach themed Oreos. Can you say adorable and double stuffed in the same sentence? I placed a row of Oreos in a butter dish.
Share the Fun is what my sandcastle Oreo is saying to me. Good advice Oreo….good advice indeed!
This cute crab dish matches the butter dish and is filled with Crabbers crackers. They are yummy little crackers seasoned with Old Bay seasoning. I had never seen them before, but my mom had them in the pantry and they looked perfect for our snack picnic!
Shell-skewered grilled cheese bites were placed on a candle pillar for easy eating.
The gorgeous shell mermaid was custom designed for my mom. It was a very special gift from my dad, and I have no business touching it. But I LOVE it!
Here is a side view. This deck wraps around the house. If I were smarter, I would have set this up in the gazebo at the front of the house so that the beach was in the background of each of my shots! But…I wasn’t thinking full-picture-opportunity here. I was thinking “surprise boys”!!!
Surprise boys! You can’t see Asher’s face here, but he is squealing in delight. Both of my boys have a huge appreciation for little details and notice them all…especially Asher. He said, “Mommy, this is the best picnic EVER, and you are the best Mommy ever!” Sigh. Mission accomplished :).
Oh yes, they are definitely my children. Both go for the chocolate first!
I know that everyone thinks they have beautiful children, but I am continually amazed at how gorgeous my boys are. Just look at those eyes! My eyes are blue and Hubs’ eyes are bluish/green hazel, so their golden eyes are a bit of a surprise to me. For all you Twilight fans, they look a bit Cullenish, no?
The drink is simply white grape juice with a few drops of blue food coloring.
Notice the drink below is flowing in two directions! Oops.
Needless to say, we’re having fun at the beach! I hope this inspires you to make special memories with what you have on hand peeps.