How to host your own indoor picnic this summer

Recipes and essentials for International Picnic Day

Just because the weather is too hot to enjoy sitting outdoors does not mean you need to miss out on International Picnic Day. Host your own picnic-style brunch with these delicious recipes in order from the least time taken to make to most – pick your menu (or serve them all!):

Tarts

Tomato mozzarella and pesto tart
Vegetarian and easy-to-make, this dish is ready fast for when you’ve got hungry tummies and little time on your side.

Salmon and broad bean filo tart
While this tart – packed with spinneysFOOD Hot Smoked Salmon, healthy beans and creamy mascarpone – might take around an hour to make, most of that time is spent in the oven.

Herby potato quiche
Double cream, gruyère cheese and parmesan sound like three things anyone would want encased in buttery, shortcrust pastry. Served hot or cold, this dish is and will remain a family favourite.

Dips

Easy beetroot hummus
Offer a pop of purple colour to the picnic blanket in five minutes flat.

Tuna and cucumber dipping pot
Healthy, light and refreshing, this tub was meant for brunch. It’s also super-speedy, coming in at just 10 minutes preparation time and no cooking required.

Charred spring onion and avocado dips with homemade chilli crisps
With its heart-healthy fats, avocado is a fantastic addition to salads, burgers, breakfasts and dips.

Sandwiches

Zaatar-sumac chicken and pine nut finger sandwiches
Extremely simple to make and undeniably moreish – one is not nearly enough.

Brown butter lobster rolls
Appeal to those with a taste for rich foods – lobster: the ultimate luxury, bound to wow at a picnic spread.

Layered picnic loaf
A pull-apart sharing sandwich ideal for getting the family to enjoy food together.

Finger food

Lime ginger chicken lettuce wraps
If you’re after something that will satisfy the kids’ need for easy-to-eat food and your wish to stay on the healthy side of things, this is the recipe.

Sausages on sticks
Forget fancy cuisine and Michelin star-styled plates (although they’re good too), these foodie sticks are timeless and perfect for picnic platters.

Mini vegetables pasties
All hands in the centre of blanket to reach for these beauties – quick, before they’re all gone.

Sweet treats

Almond and lemon madeleines
Serve with a cup of spinneysFOOD English Breakfast Tea (since we’re inside, boiling the kettle isn’t a problem) to end the brunch with a sigh of satisfaction.

Mini marbled meringues
One, two, three, four… who’s counting how many you eat when they’re this dinky and cute?

Olympic medal cookies
Tokyo 2020 might not be for a few years but these cookies are a great way to get the little ones involved in the baking process.

Drinks

Cucumber lemonade
Does anything say picnic more than a refreshing glass of cold lemonade?

Iced watermelon and rosemary coolers
The fewer seeds in fashion watermelon makes these coolers straightforward.

Strawberry and elderflower floats
You’ll float to victory by serving these drinks; get the kids to assemble them for added fun.

Extras

  • A blanket – achieve a truly authentic picnic feel and dine on the floor; put dishes on a tray for that all-hands-in vibe or lay out on the table, buffet-style.
  • Music – put together a playlist of all your family favourites – get a song from each person to get everyone involved in the process.
  • Flowers – to bring the outside in, place a beautiful bouquet centre stage. Find lots of lovely options in stores – we’re really loving peonies at the moment.
  • Picnic basket – place this in the middle of the blanket to keep all cutlery and plates.
  • Fairy lights are always a nice touch – particularly if you’re dining at dusk.
  • Since the bat and ball are out, create your own ‘name game’. Get everyone to write a famous person on a piece of cut out paper and stick it to their head. Go round the circle, taking it in turns to ask a yes or no question about your celebrity. The winner is the player who guesses correctly first.