Condor’s Nest Ranch, nestled in rural mountains about an hour north-east of San Diego, California, makes the ideal setting for a vintage picnic with its nostalgic Old West ambiance (thecondorsnestranch.com).
Trucks and tractors are great props for a picnic with their authentic style.
In addition to your flea market-bought décor, bring just enough practical supplies to keep an entire afternoon enjoyable without overloading your car: basket filled with cups, plates, utensils, corkscrew and napkins; thermos; wide-brim hats; sunscreen; your favorite novel or the latest issue of Flea Market Décor; games; blanket; towels and/or hand wipes; bug spray; and extra water.
Once you’ve arrived, decorate your truck with the blankets, food and games you brought, arranging your vintage finds around the bumpers or on the hood.
To conjure a nostalgic feel, enlist all your favorite childhood memories via vintage collectibles, such as this tin drum…
…or these fun roller skates!
Lisa Biesterfeld of the Condor’s Nest Ranch suggests bringing “a nice bottle of French bubbly or some old-fashioned sodas, cheese, fruit, sandwiches and a little lavender to keep the flies away!”
Picnics are commonly considered a romantic tryst that includes a basket of travel-friendly foods set on a blanket in shaded grass with all the detailing of a 1950s film scene where heroines where gloves on hot summer days. But we think that eating alfresco is a pleasure that should be enjoyed regularly with a variety of styles—including the flea market ambiance we love!
Written by Jacqueline deMontravel; photography by Bret Gum; styled by Jacqueline deMontravel and Amanda Heer.