How To Create A Memorable Indoor Picnic
Love Indoor Picnics
I love doing an indoor picnic. They’re especially great during Winter when you want to do something but it is too cold to go out. Or great for dreary or rainy days. You can’t go wrong! Something about it is so much fun. I don’t know if it is because a picnic is something that is supposed to be outdoors and I’m doing it indoors (such a rebel!).
How We Started Doing Indoor Picnics
The indoor picnic idea started when Tre and I wanted to have a picnic one summer day. It was seriously perfect all day and then when we got to our nearby park it started to be windy and then it just got cold! Seriously, the weather completely 180’d on us. It was annoying. So we headed back home. Since we had all the picnic stuff ready we decided to have a picnic in our living room. It turned out to be a lot more fun! So occasionally we would host indoor picnics with our friends. It is seriously one of our favorite things to do and it gives us something to do during cold days like today!
If you can’t tell by the photos, I love to spruce up our indoor picnics. It just makes the experience more enjoyable. What inspired me to do an indoor picnic, aside from me wanting to do something while it is cold out, is that Foraged Home recently had their Spring launch and I couldn’t resist creating a Spring-inspired picnic.
If you are not familiar with Foraged Home, it is owned by a very sweet person I know, Tiffany. I always admired her style (she was the talented florist that did my wedding!). So when I heard she was starting a home decor shop, I knew I would love everything. And you know what, I DO!!! Foraged Home has a modern bohemian meets vintage style. All her pieces have character and charm. Want to know the best part? Aside from having the cutest pieces, everything is affordable. So it is basically hard not to love Foraged Home.
What’s From Foraged Home
These are the pieces that I used from Foraged Home:
♦Basket c/o- Mine is the medium size and they’re great for storage!
♦Bud Vases c/o – I have all 3 sizes.
♦Marble Slab c/o – I really love the thickness of this slab. It’s thinner than your usual marble slab which makes them easy to store and serve on any surface!
♦Striped Picnic Blanket c/o – So the picnic blanket is actually double the size that is shown in the photos. I had to fold the picnic blanket in half because my home doesn’t have that much surface area haha. So it is a really decent sized blanket! Perfect for a family!
♦Metal Bowls c/o- I have 2 silver bowls that I used for salt & pepper and 2 copper bowls where I placed tea light candles.
♦Wooden Utensils c/o – So sturdy and they won’t scratch your dishware or serving dishes!
See, didn’t I tell you their stuff is SO CUTE!!
How to Create An Indoor Picnic In Winter
Creating an indoor picnic in Winter is much easier than you think. A lot of the items you will need, you can order online so you don’t ever have to leave your house and enter the cold weather. Plus, with the pandemic going on, I encourage you all not leave your house too much. The indoor picnic is a great indoor activity and I know as a kid growing up, I find them to be so much fun! When when our little Sweet Pea gets a bit older, we will for sure introduce the indoor picnic and hopefully create memorable moments.
Indoor Winter Picnic Ideas
The first thing to think about is the food. It is so important to think about the type of food (same as you would with an outdoor picnic). You want to make sure the food is hassle-free, easy to eat, and easy to make. Eating on the floor, either indoors or outdoors, is not as easy as eating at a table. I usually like to go for finger foods, dips, salads (love potato salad and recommend this easy recipe) or sometimes casseroles. For this one, I went with finger foods.
If you’re not in the mood to cook or make any food, support your local restaurant and order take out. This is a great way to enjoy your takeout food. Right now, our restaurants need our help and this is a great way to support them.
Make sure you have a good quality blanket. You want to make sure the blanket has enough surface area to fit all your picnic food and accessories. The blanket is what ties everything together. I’m a big fan of the Turkish blankets. They’re sturdy, cute, easy to clean, and perfect size!
Serving Dishes, Plates, and Utensils
You want to make sure you have a way to place all the food and eat the food. When you’re indoors, you have the luxury to have fun with these essentials. When you’re outdoors, you have to put a little more thought into your serving dishes. I love to use my favorite serving dishes, champagne flutes, and flatware when we are indoors!
If eating directly on the floor is a bit difficult, I have a little trick. You know those bedside tray table? They work perfect for a picnic table. I use these tray tables and usually combine two to create a longer picnic table. Then I place a tablecloth over it to keep everything cohesive. I recommend folding your tablecloth at least three times so it fits perfectly.
Indoor picnics are where you can be more creative. You can have a theme or create a feel to your picnic. The last time we had an indoor picnic, I wanted it to be cozy. So I used tons of pillows everywhere. This time, I was inspired by Spring, so I wanted to incorporate some fresh florals and greenery. You don’t need to go crazy with your fresh flowers. Mine are all from the grocery store and didn’t spend more than $15! In the evening, I love to use fairy string lights!
Have you guys ever done an indoor picnic? If so, what do you guys do for your picnic? Maybe I’ll incorporate it into my next one!
Such a lovely idea and the result is spectacular!!!! xx
Such a cute idea! Love all the beautiful pieces and the food looks delish!
That picnic setup is so beautiful. I never would have thought to have an indoor picnic, but i’ll have to try it out.
Def worth trying!
Just WOW! Look what you made!! It’s incredibly pretty!! My friend and I are doing a picnic shoot soon, and I will be revisiting this post for inspiration!
Thank you Jessica!
This is the CUTEST idea! I can’t wait to do this with Nathan when he gets a little older. Though I imagine that we will be using a lot of fake food 🙂
I bet Nathan would have so much fun! (fake or real food haha)
Anna English says
I saw this on your InstaStory, it looked so cute! What a great way to make the best of some bad weather.
Thank you Anna! It is always fun to do something different!
What a cute idea!! I adore your plates and how you decorated this whole picnic! So beautiful:)
One of the things we loved the most when we were kids was setting up tents on our living rooms and pretend we were outside in the nature. With that setting you just made us dream 🙂 Who said we need to wait for the sun to shine to do a picnic?! This is great dear, thanks for sharing <3
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Shelby Back says
how precious is this setup?! I love a good picnic!
Thank you Shelby!
I love your plates and how you decorated this whole picnic! It looks delicious:)
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Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels says
I love the entire set up! That cake is calling my name though !I love the idea of an indoor picnic, it can be done with any weather!
Thank you Laura! Haha the cake was good!
What a great idea Rachel! I love how you had the loveliest pink theme!
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Thank you Monica!
Oh to Be a Muse says
OMG, I need everything that you used from Foraged Home. And the entire spread looks so yummy. Also, again, love what you guys did with the fireplace.
You would love everything from Foraged Home! Thank you!
Qué hambre me dio! Unas fotos preciosas y un picnic espectacular 🙂
What a beautiful set up! Love love your pictures and all the products here 🙂
Indoor picnics are one of my favorite date night ideas! It’s inexpensive and so much fun – plus we can play a game or watch a movie while we eat, and we also love having fun music playing! It’s a great experience. Love how you set up your indoor picnic!
Glad you love toking them too! Thanks Stephanie!
What a beautiful spread! The food looks absolutely delicious! It is definitely too cold in Toronto to be having a picnic outside so I might have to organize an indoor one as well!
Thank you Didier! Yes, definitely something good to know when it is cold out!
This is such a good idea babe! You made the most adorable set-up 🙂 I totally need to do this… And totally need to come over for your next one!
Thank you CJ! You are always welcome!
OMG! Rach, this is just the cutest! Love the idea of an indoor picnic!
Happy Monday, babe!
Thank you so much Vanessa!
Amy Arnold says
OMG this is amazing! I want to come next time. Ha!
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Come on over haha!
Omg this is the cutest thing I have ever seen!! I have never done an indoor picnic but I definitely want to know. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon. 🙂
Thank you Keri! You should definitely do it one Sunday afternoon!
What a cute idea! Love it!
Thank you Molly!
This is super cute! I need to try this especially since spring in London entails so much rain, this would be so fun!
Thanks Shloka! Def worth trying!
Cayli Johnson says
What a cute idea, I love it!
An indoor picnic sounds like so much fun, and you’ve got quite the spread! Also your pup is adorable!
Chic on the Cheap
The more food the merrier, right? Thank you!
What a fun indoor picnic! I have never thought about doing this 🙂
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this is such a great idea babe and love love your setup!
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This is such a clever idea especially if the weather outside isn’t ideal for picnics.
This is such a cool idea! Love everything ♥
What a lovely idea and a beautiful result! All of the food looks so delicious!
Thank you Freja!
A Trendy Life says
Absolutely lovely pictures and a great idea!
You totally crushed this- I love how this spread turned out and everything looks so yummy!
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Thank you so much Ashley!
Haha, that is super creative and so much fun!! Great idea!! xo
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This is actually a brilliant idea! The weather here is rarely good enough for a picnic and I never thought to have one indoors.
Thanks James! Oh yea you should totally try it out!
Simplement Lui says
I’ve never done that … very cool idea 😉
I recommend trying it out one day!
I never would have thought to do this! Such a fun idea!
Thank you Chelsea!
Emily Kay says
What a great idea, and it looks like a wonderful time! Will def have to try this out!
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Let me know when you do!
This is the cutest idea ever!!! How picture perfect! I would totally do this since it’s always raining in Seattle!