The Partiologist: Ladybug Picnic Part III

Ladybug Picnic Part III

Well, I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and are ready for the last of my Indoor Picnic photos.  I just realized that my parties sure have a lot of "parts", but I really didn't want to leave anything out.  So here goes~
I consider this to be my gardening for the year, it's my
"Chocolate Rock Garden". 
Those were the rocks that I used to anchor my artificial trees in the front urns, but they really didn't work to well.  (If you don't know what I'm talking about you didn't read the first part of my Picnic!!)  So after washing them off, okay, I had my husband wash them,  I brought them inside and piled them on my counter and added some grass and little paper roses.  Okay, now look closely, the leaves connected to the round tins are actually filled with little chocolate rocks!  And not only do they look like rocks they really are chocolate!  Here's a close up ~
Can you believe those are chocolate???  When I found them I knew I had to use them in some way.  And if you're going to build a rock garden, chocolate is the way to go!!  I just made some little leaves to match the decor. 

I put some galvanized containers filled with artificial flowers...poppies, sunflowers, daisies, cattails on my center island.  Next to the flowers are a watering can, pail and tray of more treats!
Oh, and a galvanized dragonfly and grasshopper!!
I found some gingham checked boxes to put the Smore's in.  I under baked them so I changed the name to Oooey, Gooey, Sticky, Chewy Smore's Bars! 
In the little pail were some homemade chewy granola bars.  I put them in some little bags and tied a ribbon with a tag that read:
"Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady Bug"!
We could finally grab a little something to nibble on until we were seated ~
Here's the metal Ant holding the watermelon, I had high hopes to carve something wonderful out of the watermelon, but I didn't have time or know where to begin.  So I just filled it with fruit and plopped it in!  People kind of looked at me weird when I was fitting watermelons in the ant at the grocery store!!
ANT Kim's Fruit Salad
And the Deviled Mediterranean Ladies (Eggs).  Usually I pipe the filling in with a pastry bag, but this recipe called for olives and capers and they kept getting stuck, so I used a little cookie scoop ~
I think it's time for lunch!!
Our Menu ~
Would you believe that I forgot to take a photo of my table???  Well, lucky for me a friend brought her camera and had taken one, I was so happy!!
Here are a few of the details - Of course everyone got a cookie ~
And I decorated some little boxes with a tag I made:
 "Once a Lady, Always a Lady!"
I think mine should have read "Once a nut, always a nut!" 
They were filled with Chocolate Coconut Cheesecake Bars ~
I made a lady bug out of butter - from a mold that was really not meant to put butter in!  I have no idea what it was for, but when I saw a ladybug, I just bought it.
And I had to keep it covered...away from all the ants!
Each glass had a ant hanging on the side holding the name tag ~
This was the friend with her camera!!  Yea Joan!

Oh, and here's MY name tag ~
Yep, that's me! At least for the day!  :)
On the center of the table I put a tree, really it was an Easter tree I found at Williams Sonoma.  I added a new pot and moss ~
And lots of Ladybugs and ribbon!
Then, we needed some grass for our little baskets to sit on ~
Yes, I put all their Ants in one Basket! 
Chocolate covered raisins from Harry & David

Well, that concludes the Indoor Picnic and I hope that this will encourage you to have your own!

The Ants Go Marching One by One!


  1. Kim,
    You make it all look so easy - but I know it isn't. Darling! Darling! Yum!

  2. Well, here's cheering you on!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your're hilarious :)

  3. Wow!! I've really enjoyed these three segments of party fun! I am in awe of what a fantastic party you put on! And I sure am glad your friend got a pic of the table, it was fabulous!

  4. Loved the ant theme!

  5. Oh this was sooooooooooo cool to look at! I visually gobbled up every picture! I know what you mean by "when I saw ladybug, I just bought it" - I do the same when I am shopping for a party..... if it has ANYTHING do to with the theme, I'll buy it and figure out how I'm going to use it later! lol!
    I love the whole concept of your indoor picnic - so much better to party with plastic ants than real ones!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Just found your blog - and I remember the song! "Hand on my heart.... what is this here...this is my head nodder, my mama dear...."


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