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!