Staying in is the new going out. At least that’s what I think. Especially when staying in involves snuggling up
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, including picnic date foods and indoor picnic ideas. Enjoy!
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)
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 🙂
To complement 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!
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
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
Snap your spread with a picture-perfect camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III. It’s compact, stylish, and packs all the punch of a big dSLR without the hassle or the price tag. The OM-D E-M10 Mark III is perfect for anyone looking for a high-quality, easy-to-use camera that isn’t a dSLR. It captures depth beautifully, and makes for professional-quality photos with a simple click.
I shot all the photos for this post on my OM-D E-M10! Well, except the photo of the camera. Because that would be impossible. Or… very impressive.
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 went for the latter, but skipped the cardamom/ginger combo in favor of a simple cream cheese frosting with walnuts on top 🙂
…give your hunny a big snuggle and tell them how much you love them. Because they’re just the best 🙂
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Hi Sarah, Oh my gosh! The brussels sprouts salad was out of this world. The combination of colors, flavors and textures was perfect. I will be making this again for sure. Thank you. You nailed this recipe.
I needed some ideas to tune up our annual Valentine’s Day picnic by the fireplace, and the cheese/meat board and smoked salmon tartines are just what I needed!
what a GREAT idea
Hope you have a great V-day with this indoor picnic–so romantic!
Oh, I love this idea and actually I might do this for the whole family! I may be crazy, but they have been asking for a picnic lately and this seems super easy to pull off, even with toddlers.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea, Sarah! These recipes are to die for, and I’m totally wanting to create an indoor picnic for the hubby and I! I can’t wait to try the Brussels Sprout Salad!
This is such a pretty setup! And your photos are gorgeous as usual!