Friday, August 26, 2016

Anne of Green Gables Living Room Picnic

A fun tradition in our home has been to watch Anne of Green Gables in the early Fall - usually Labor Day weekend when the beauty berries are purple and weighing down the branches in our backyard.

This year, I've been itching to watch much sooner than usual {I'm always eager for Fall!} and then my girls started asking regularly too for a couple of weeks if we could watch it. I finally decided to give in and who cares if we waited for the exact day!

So far, we have only watched the first movie, so we may continue the marathon over Labor Day weekend - we'll see!

Because this was spontaneous {isn't that what I usually say? It usually is!} I chose a menu and some simple decor that used only what we had on hand.

Cardboard berry boxes were left from a previous Anne experience and were layered with vintage cloth napkins that were a gift from a friend. Canning jars held homemade applesauce and broccoli salad and simple circles of fabric scraps were cut out to decorate the jar tops.  Grilled cheese was wrapped in recycled waxed paper from inside cereal boxes and apple juice was poured into free Frappucino jars.

For dessert, I pulled out some frozen homemade cookie dough and after baking cookies assembled them into ice cream sandwiches with inspiration from the delicious ice cream sandwiches my sister served us this summer during our visit.

Here are some past visits to Avonlea from our house: 20072008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Hmmm, now to imagine what fun we can have watching Anne of Avonlea!