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Here’s How To Throw an Indoor Picnic In Your Living Room

Indoor picnics deliver all the tastiness and fun of a regular picnic, without any of the bugs. Or sunburn. Or grass stains.

Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns

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When the cold weather won’t let up or going outside to play isn’t an option, bring the fun inside with an indoor picnic! An indoor picnic is easy to put together and will have your kids entertained all afternoon. With an indoor picnic, you won’t have to worry about ants getting to the food or that dreaded sunburn from an extra sunny day. Follow the steps below to see how easy it is to throw together a picnic without leaving your living room.

Gather The Supplies

Indoor Picnic Supplies


First, you’re going to want to dig out a big picnic blanket. Traditionally picnic blankets are checkered, but don’t worry if you’re not working with the latest outdoor dining decor. A big beach blanket, tablecloth, or even a top sheet will work perfectly for the indoor occasion. 

Don’t be afraid to get cozy with it too! It’s your picnic! Make it your own. Instead of chairs, opt for pillows or cushions from the couch. Since everything is staying indoors, there’s less worry about ruining your furniture. 

Next, you’re going to need a picnic basket. Since you’re not straying too far from the kitchen, you don’t have to worry too much about getting everything into the basket. For indoor picnics, the basket is more fun than it is practical. Just make sure you have a stable tray or lots of helping hands ready to bring everything back and forth from the kitchen.   

Decide On A Menu

Indoor Picnic Platter

The Forked Spoon

Now for the most important decision: what to eat! Picnics in the summer tend to have lots of watermelon and barbecued meat. Since it’s the winter, why not change it up! Focus on what’s in season and stick to lots of finger foods.

If you are looking for something that’s both fun to make and eat, you might want to check out Healthy Little Foodie’s take on fruit kebabs. These healthy treats can be made with pretty much any fruit and will give the kids something fun to focus on in the kitchen. 

Charcuterie boards are also a staple when it comes to picnics. Kids might not be into the less common foods on a charcuterie board, so switch it up and gear it towards what they might like: rolled up deli meats, slices of string cheese, familiar veggies, or some of their favorite crackers. Let the kids come in and place it all down on the board to make it into a pretty pattern. The Forked Spoon has a great guide for putting together a kid-friendly charcuterie board. 


Sustainable Cooks

Finger foods are another must when it comes to having an indoor picnic. If you aren’t looking to get adventurous in the kitchen, stick with frozen appetizers. If you are looking for a challenge, you can try making your own. Finger foods like mac and cheese bites, pizza egg rolls, or taco cups are fun for the whole family. Plus, they are quick and easy to put together.  

Finish up your indoor picnic meal with some tasty desserts. Since making s’mores on a real campfire is not an option for an indoor picnic, go with the next best thing: s’mores dip. Layer melted chocolate with gooey marshmallows and use graham crackers as dipping sticks. If you are looking to stick to finger foods, marshmallow popcorn balls and Oreo Krispy treats are both delicious options. Plus, they both include steps where little hands can help out in the kitchen.

A Little Entertainment

Picnic Games


No picnic would complete without a little entertainment. As you finish off your food, pick out a board game or card game to play with the whole family. Choose from games like Clack!, Monopoly Junior, or even Kids Against Maturity. You can keep the fun times from your indoor picnic going all afternoon if you transition into games as things are winding down.

Clack! Board Game


Monopoly Junior


Kids Against Maturity