21 Jun

Celebrate Summer with a Picnic Parade!

Summer Picnic Parade Party

Happy first day of SUMMER! What better way to celebrate than with this ridiculously cute “Picnic Parade” party by Renee of The Creative Orchard, which is full of fabulous, sunny inspiration for everything from just-for-fun get togethers to summer baby showers & birthday parties. Renee did such a great job describing all the clever details of this pretty little party, so we’re just going to let her take it away…

Summer Picnic Parade Party

I have been very ANTSY about sharing my Picnic Parade in the Shade! Crawling with colorful prints and adorable ANTS that you’ll actually want to invite to your next party!

Surrounded by summer picnic inspired decor, you will enjoy yards and yards of FUN, YUMMY food, COOL drinks and chilling WATERMELON fans at this get-together. Both adults and kids can relax, chit-chat, fill their bellies and entertain themselves with outdoor activities. March one by one to this backyard, where you will find an old red barn which was the perfect casual setting!

Summer Picnic Parade Party

Summer Picnic Parade Party

Summer Picnic Parade Party

Summer Picnic Parade Party

Summer Picnic Parade Party

Summer Picnic Parade Party

Summer Picnic Parade Party

Summer Picnic Parade Party

Summer Picnic Parade Party

Summer Picnic Parade Party

Summer Picnic Parade Party

Summer Picnic Parade Party

Summer Picnic Parade Party


CREATIVE DETAILS, as told by Renee

Welcome Area:
As a friendly introduction, guests were greeted with a welcome sign, yellow and green flowers inside black iron lanterns on a small wood picnic table. Yellow and white paper lanterns were swagged in the back. A 3-tiered iron plant stand held red, yellow and white ceramic planters with wire gingham ribbon around the rims and ANT clips dangled in front. The planters were filled with chilled bottles of soda, mints and handheld paper flags. Red and green watermelon decorated balloons were tied to a fence post.

Food Table:
Tacked to the barn’s exterior was a ‘PICNIC PARADE’ pendant banner hung with checked ribbon. A large picnic basket lined in black and white polka dot fabric was in the middle of the table and overflowed with paper plate watermelon shaped fans. Classic picnic food including sandwiches, ants on log, potato chips, corn on the cob, watermelon jello pops and watermelon chocolate chip cupcakes were displayed on white ceramic plates and black wire baskets. Guests were also encouraged on the invitations to bring a dish to add to the table. A parade of ANTS marched through carrying handcrafted fake picnic food and a tiny flag. Off to the side was a miniature bicycle with tiny bows tied to the handle bars. Bright polka dot mini pinwheels were lined up in the grass.

The dining table was draped with a red and white checkered tablecloth trimmed in yellow rick rack ribbon. Red flowers planted inside a small carved watermelon was the centerpiece. Glass WATERMELON plates, red bucket candles and an ANT shaped serving dish filled with checkered print dinner mints were also placed in the center. On top of the grass placemats were lime green glass chargers, watermelon plates, wooden watermelon slice napkin rings and DIY watermelon napkins. Lime green plastic silverware and a personal place card were next to each place setting.

Party Favors:
Fresh watermelon balls were placed inside glass jars covered in watermelon print labels and topped with red fabric laced in tiny white zig zag ribbon. A lime green ribbon bow held a plastic fork and watermelon ant circle tag.”


– Party Styling: Renee of The Creative Orchard
– Printable Party Designs: Picnic Parade Collection from The Creative Orchard
– Pinwheels, Ribbon, Grass Placemats: Hobby Lobby
– Ant Dip Bowl & Spreader Set, Ant Table Weights, Ant Salt & Pepper Shakers: Amazon or Hobby Lobby
– Watermelon Appetizer Plate: Pier 1
– Picnic Basket, Plant Stand, Ceramic Planters & Ceramic Plates: Walmart
– Fabrics: Jo-Ann Fabrics
– Metal Baskets & 2-tier Stand: Target
– Bucket Candles & Paper Lanterns: Party City
– Glass Plate Chargers & Artificial Grass: Jeffrey Alans
– Metal Lanterns: Gordmans
– Flowers: Michaels
– Ceramic Cake Stand & Toothpick Holder: HomeGoods

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Lisa SAYS:


June 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Rebecca @This Nest is Best SAYS:

This party is SO adorable! I love all of the ants and watermelon.

June 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Rene' SAYS:

So, so, so CUTE!!! Love every last detail! Especially those ant table weights and the watermelon pops!

June 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

katrina SAYS:

Watermelon balloons and watermelon planter?! Shut. the. front. door. I love it! The food looks yummy as well ;)

June 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Renee @ the Creative Orchard SAYS:

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments and to the Hostess Blog for featuring my party!

FYI: The watermelon balloons were created using plain red and green balloons and drawing on them with black and green marker. So easy to do!

June 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm

MonogrammedEverything! SAYS:

LOVE the watermelon balloons, I can’t believe you did those yourself! I actually made “dalmatian” balloons one year for my daughter’s birthday party and it was tedious LOL

June 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm


omg, the CUTEST thing ever! my husband and i met over watermelons so this would be so nice for an anniversary party :)

June 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Renee SAYS:

I have three children with July birthdays. This year we decided to cut down on some of the chaos and have a big celebration for all three of them! Finding a suitable theme that spans the age differences was not an easy task. This is PERFECT! Can’t wait for party day!

June 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm
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