Indoor Picnic Theme Ideas

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Indoor Picnic Theme Ideas
You don't have to be outside to have a meal on a blanket. (picnic image by Sandra Henderson from Fotolia.com)

An indoor picnic is a classic way to spend a rainy day. Whether you are simply looking for something to do with the family or you wish to create a memorable dinner party, an indoor picnic will do the trick. Escape cabin fever with a tropical picnic party and a menu fit for a warm summer evening. Let the familiar smells of barbecue take you back to when the daytime temperatures climbed above 4.44 degrees Celsius.

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Romantic

Make a night at home a memorable event by removing all the stuffy furniture and serving a romantic meal picnic-style. An indoor picnic is an intimate way to spend an evening meal with someone special. The idea of having an indoor picnic is to spend quality time together inside at meal time. Make sure the surroundings are clean. Drag out a comfortable blanket, place some floor pillows and light some candles. For extra romance, have the picnic on the bed with strawberries and champagne. Whatever specific food you choose to serve, make the menu something easy to eat with fingers. The "Loving You" website suggests menu items such as bruschetta, antipasto on a stick, tomatoes and mozzarella and anything else that is easily picked up with the hands.

Indoor Picnic Theme Ideas
Steal your hubby's heart with a romantic picnic meal indoors. (Tall Glass image by Vanessa van Rensburg from Fotolia.com)

Summer Barbecue

Have a summer barbecue picnic in December. Though grilling is usually reserved for outdoor cooking, you can just as easily simulate a true grilling experience by using your oven, stove and a good kitchen fan. Fill the house with the smoky, spicy smells of barbecue. Ribs, roasts and cuts of prime meat don't have to be grilled but can be baked and then seared on the stove. Some searing pans even have grill lines to make the food look more like authentic barbecue. The kids will love eating messy ribs with their fingers on paper plates while watching the snow fall outside the window.

Tropical

Create an indoor oasis and take a vacation to the tropics, if only for one night, in the comfort of your own home. Decorate with colourful blankets and pillows intermingled with Caribbean artwork, plastic palms and island music. Serve a meal fit for the Hawaiian Islands, such as roasted pulled pork sandwiches with pineapple. Sandwiches are a great picnic food because they can be put into a basket and brought out when you are ready to eat with no additional trips to the kitchen. Get the family involved and have the kids make leis with artificial flowers and grass skirts. Serve tropical pina coladas, mai tais and mojitos to your adult guests and virgin versions for the young ones.

Indoor Picnic Theme Ideas
Escape the chilling winter winds with an indoor luau. (tropical fruit image by cherie from Fotolia.com)

Sushi

Sushi is the ultimate finger food. You are already one step up with this menu, as traditional Japanese meals are eaten on the floor. You can easily make sushi rolls of seaweed and sticky rice at home, with any ingredients you prefer. They don't have to contain any raw fish or meat at all. The classic California sushi roll is made with avocado, cooked crabmeat or imitation crab and shredded carrot. A vegetarian sushi roll might substitute cucumber for the crabmeat. Get the kids and guests involved and have them make and roll their very own sushi creation out of a buffet of ingredients and sauces. Set up oriental decorations and sit on pillows around your favourite coffee table. Pass the finished rolls around so everyone gets a chance to try different creations.

Indoor Picnic Theme Ideas
Sushi rolls are finger food with a fancy Japanese twist. (sushi image by berdoulat jerome from Fotolia.com)

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