My mom and I were shopping in a used furniture store and we saw a picnic-set backpack. I remember those were THE wedding present a number of years ago—I wonder if they still are? They’re just so charming and romantic, with their tableware for two, their wine-bottle holster and plastic wine glasses, the whole concept of newlyweds picnicking on a grassy hill. And yet the picnic backpack we saw was completely unused, and a friend of mine offered a similar report: that they had even registered for a picnic set, but then never got around to using it a single time and so finally re-gifted it to another couple.
This is not a large enough sample on which to base a decision on the suitability of the “picnic set as wedding gift” idea. For one thing, it’s really a sample of ONE couple: for all we know, the unused set at the used furniture store could have been from a couple who received two or more sets as gifts. And my friend who told me they never used their set was not a member of a couple that went on hikes and picnics BEFORE they got married, so they may have just gotten caught up in the idea that everything would change as soon as they were married—just as many women have a foggy concept of wearing long white nightgowns and sitting in rocking chairs as soon as the baby is born.
So the first thing I would like to know is whether you received a picnic set as a wedding gift, and the second thing I would like to know is if you have used it. And then I would like to look at some options, partly for the fun of seeing what’s available, partly for the usefulness in the current wedding season, and partly so that people can say, “Yes, we got one—hey, it’s the third one down!”