Hi everyone! I'm Dani, the Crafts Dept. summer intern. I'm a rising senior at the Rhode Island School of Design and I'm loving spending the summer in NYC and crafting at Martha Stewart Living!
One of the biggest things on my personal summer checklist was to have a big picnic in Central Park. Picnics are just the best way to take advantage of beautiful weather, the great outdoors, be in good company, and obviously enjoy tons of yummy food! Luckily, my best friend's birthday was in late June and my present to her was organizing a big picnic with all of her friends and family.
The birthday girl has an obsession with old-fashioned bicycles and the color coral, so that made the theme and color palette easy to nail down! Central Park in the middle of the summer is HOT, so I made a bunch of pretty fans to keep the picnic-ers cool and breezy.
We claimed the shade of a big tree in the park by stringing up a few garlands made out of tissue paper bows and string. Everyone had a great time hanging out on the blankets and noshing on snacks that friends had brought.
The last crafts for the picnic were envelopes and cards that got passed out to everyone. I used a woodblock to carve and stamp a bicycle on each envelope and used a Chartpak blender marker to transfer all the text. Each card had a different silly question about the birthday girl on it and guests scribbled their answers on the back (or in some cases, drew a diagram) before giving them back to me. The cards are going to be bound into a book for Minali to keep and remember her awesome birthday picnic, once I get around to doing it.
It was a lot of work, but the picnic was so much fun and everyone had a lovely afternoon relaxing in the park. I definitely recommend using any excuse you can to have a picnic; it's a summer staple and there's so much you can do for it! Anyway, I've got to get back to work in the craft room here at MSL. If you want, you can check out my other work here and keep in touch! See ya in the next intern post!