Date Night: Sunset Picnic in the Gardens at the Duke Mansion
Good morning, everyone!
Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday. Even though the week flew by, I’m excited about my weekend plans. Tomorrow, I’m spending the day at the beach with Becca and cannot wait for our mini trip. We love our beach trips together! It’s been since Miami since stepping foot in the sand.
Last Friday, Kyle and I headed to the Duke Mansion for a date night. They offer picnic packages that let you pick a menu, a date, and time to have a picnic in their gardens. I loved that idea and had to sign up asap. I thought I’d share the photos with you all before signing off for the weekend.
The Duke Mansion is breathtakingly stunning.
We were the only ones there in the garden, which made for a romantic date night. It was so quiet that you could hear the birds singing and the sounds of summer cicadas.
There are several menus to choose from when booking your picnic. We chose the southern salads, which came with grilled chicken, hardboiled eggs, tomatoes, cheddar, cucumber, onions, field greens, and a lemon vinaigrette. It came with gluten-free garlic toast, (gf) pasta salad with a Tuscan herb dressing, (gf) sundrop lemon pound cake with strawberry icing, and raspberry iced tea. We also chose the Ballard Lane Chardonnay.
The striped linen puff dress I wore is now 50% off 😊 I bought it back in March, and I was excited to get the chance to wear it finally. The ribboned sun hat was an Amazon find, but I typically use it for gardening. This pound cake was one of the most delicious and refreshing desserts I’ve had in a while. The fresh lemon flavor paired with the fruity icing can’t be matched. If these were ever available to purchase on the regular, I’d be in trouble!
My basket is from a vintage cottage shop at the Gibson Mill. My favorite time of the evening is when the warm light casts shadows. Kyle and I are going to plan a stay-cation here soon! If you live near Charlotte or planning a visit, definitely reach out to the Duke Mansion and inquiry about their picnics! It was such a special evening 💜 Thanks for stopping by to check out the photos!
Questions for you!
- Do you regularly have picnics?
- Any special plans for the weekend?
- Should I try to find that lemon pound cake recipe?