Wednesday, 21 September 2011
The Indoor Picnic can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. If you have the time you can spend literally hours setting up the, erm, setting. If you’re going all out and either have a massive room with lots of floor space, or are prepared to shove a few pesky bits of furniture against the wall then get all of your cushions on the floor. Blankets too. Cuddly toys if you like. Remember, this is your picnic.
The picnic contents should be all your favourite foods, clearly (I want all of the meringues from Konditor & Cook). Preferably in miniature. Cut cherry tomatoes in half; place a piece of goats’ cheese and a dab of pesto on top. Super simple and delicious. If you’re feeling adventurous (and have a few days to make up oils and other items requiring to be left overnight) download the Saf recipe app. Eat an entire packet of smoked trout if you want (am I now revealing too much about myself...). Let’s face it though. No one is watching. Oh, did you invite people? I hope they have bought treats as well.
So back to your picnic. Assuming you have found a plate, a glass and a fork you’re all set on the eating front. Chopsticks if you’re feeling fancy (I like these ones) or if you are basically having an Indoor Picnic with your takeaway from Itsu (Note: this is totally acceptable).
Anyway, once you have your cushions and floor, a picnic blanket remains the final ‘must have’. If you are lucky enough to have any kind of window/door/cat flap/other opening onto ‘outside space’ then two are probably required (one for your knees - don’t want to catch a chill). Here are a few of my current favourites.
For a snuggly blanket moment it has to be cashmere. This little slip of a thing from The White Company screams luxury.
If you want to make it more of an indoor camping feel this ingenious House Blanket by Donna Wilson is just the thing! Drape over a couple of chairs and create your own picnic den.
I would particularly like a Moroccan wedding Blanket. I think picnicking on sequins sounds just ideal. No point simply looking at it, make use of things! It's perfect for picnics where you intend to feed yourself peeled grapes / French fancies / sweet treat of choice. Personally I don’t like to be without Charbonel et Walker pink champagne truffles.
With all of this excitement, I'm starting to think that indoor picnics might be even better than outdoor ones.
This was a guest post by Isabella from Books and Ribbons. Siany isn't quite ready for indoor picnics, she's run off on holiday and will be back next week.