The Great British summer is not something you can tame. It goes from scorching hot heat waves to wet, windy in the blink of an eye – which makes planning a traditional picnic more than a little problematic.

But have you ever considered one indoors?

It may sound odd but let’s face it, quirky is cool! So when the British weather hands you a lemon start making lemonade…and drink it indoors! Invite friends, family or make it a date between you and that special someone.

Here are my top tips for holding an indoors picnic!

1. Find a room big enough!

For a lot of homes, this will be the living room or dining room. Clear a central space in the room, moving all chairs, tables etc to the sides of the room. Ideally you’ll want this room to be filled with as much natural light and views of outside as possible so open those curtains and open the window (if it’s not raining or course).

2. Lay down your ‘grass’

Use a traditional picnic blanket or car rug for a classic look – or you could opt for a contemporary style and use a throw. Whatever works for you – it’s your indoor picnic after all!

3. Recall the sounds of summer

Add a little ambience with some relaxing background music? Opt for natural bird song or the sound of a bubbling stream (for hippy chic) or channel your inner festival goer with a summer album of choice.

4. Add vegetation

If you have house plants or vases of flowers bring them into your picnic space, for a natural feel.

5. Get comfy

As your floor will undoubtedly be harder than a patch of grass, it’s best to get some cushions or pillows to sit on. Scatter these around the edges of your picnic rug.

6. Bring out your best china

The great thing about having an indoor picnic is that you don’t have to compromise on china. Feel free to use your favourite plates and cutlery and glasses, or if you’d rather opt for an authentic picnic feel, use classic paper plates and plastic cups – the choice is yours.

7. Unveil the star attraction!

Prepare your picnic food before laying out your rug, cushions etc as you would on a normal picnic – so it’s all ready for the big reveal! I recommend classics like sandwiches and cupcakes with lashings of ginger beer – or if you love a BBQ, grill up hamburgers and sausages with rolls and all the cheese, relish and barbeque sauce trimmings.

Relax with card games, board games or even charades.

Sun? What sun?!

Check out some product ideas below that’d be great for your indoor picnic.

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