Staying in is the new going out. At least that’s what I think. Especially when staying in involves snuggling up with your boo while eating off of a giant cheeseboard. And drinking wine.
So I’ve put together 5 steps to help you create the perfect indoor picnic date night. Enjoy!
Set the scene
The perfect indoor picnic has 3 main elements: a giant blanket to sprawl out on, an abundance of greenery, and a few pillows throw to cushion your booty. Besides that, the possibilities are endless. I chose to lean some of our picture frames against the wall for ambiance, and brought our guitar over so that we could do a jam sesh after dinner. Other fun ideas to set your scene include mild scented candles, your favorite card game, or a poetry book (this is date night, after all)
Keep it cheesy
Can you call it an indoor picnic if a cheese board isn’t involved? I don’t think so. To create this spring-inspired cheese board, I used the following ingredients:
1 wheel brie cheese
1 block blue cheese
I loved this combo of ingredients. Usually I like to stuff my cheeseboards with cheese, but for two people this was just perfect. And bonus points if you candy the oranges yourself 🙂
No bake, no problem
To compliment your cheeseboard, may I suggest a giant brussels sprout salad and smoked salmon tartines? Both are super easy to whip up, and don’t require you to turn on your oven! I loved this aspect of our indoor picnic, because it felt truly picnic-y to have an entire meal that wasn’t made on the stove. Recipes below!
For the Brussels Sprout Salad
1 lb. brussels sprouts, shaved
1/2 cup red grapes, halved
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup roasted almonds
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
salt + pepper to taste
- Separate 1/2 cup of brussels and fry them in 2 tablespoons olive oil until crispy. Set aside until ready to serve.
- Toss together remaining brussels, grapes, and parm. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, honey, dijon, and s+p to taste.
- Drizzle over salad and top with fried brussels!
For the Smoked Salmon Tartines
5-6 thin slices rustic bread (pumpernickel or grain bread work well!)
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped, plus more for garnish
4 oz smoked salmon
- Lightly toast bread and allow to cool completely.
- Whisk together cream cheese, lemon juice, and dill. Spread over cooled bread slices.
- Top with smoked salmon and a sprig of fresh dill.
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Sweets for my sweets
I am of the firm opinion that every meal should end with just a bit of sweetness. For a perfect indoor picnic date night, you could do anything from Red Wine Brownies to Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies to a One-bowl Carrot Cake. We chose for the latter, but skipped the cardamom/ginger combo in favor of a simple cream cheese frosting with walnuts on top 🙂
and most importantly…
…give your hunny a big snuggle and tell them how much you love them. Because they’re just the best 🙂
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