How to Throw a Kid’s Spring Picnic -Indoors!

Happy spring my friends though if you live you anywhere that’s not particularly warm all year round, you’re probably craving some sunshine, green grass, pretty flowers and to finally get outdoors! Spring doesn’t seem to have sprung just yet where we are, though a good friend just reminded me that spring is actually rain, snow, sun and warmth, all off the above! She’s right, but nonetheless, we have been seriously sunshine and color deprived here and need to inject some of those happy vibes into our life right about now!

If you feel the same, here’s an idea: Have an indoor picnic! I guarantee it’ll give you that little pick me up and your kids will think you’re a genius! Not sure who loved it more, me or the kids. It’s easy and super fun and with just a little prep time, you’ll be off picning in no time.

First thing’s first! You’ll need a little something to sit on and to spread all the yummy food and treats on. It could be a picnic blanket, or perhaps an old sheet  (checks or flowers add to the picnic feel), but anything will work. We happened to have a small area rug from Ikea that we got for our daughter’s Moana birthday party a few months back. So happy we could use it again here for our indoor picnic.

We found the absolute cutest flower paper plates from my favorite paper goods party company, Meri Meri. Loved how they complimented the “grass.” Next, we needed some real blooms (what’s spring without them!?!) and because I’m at Target at least once a week, I came across this sweet little flower bucket and bought some pink tulips for it.  I stuck some daisies we had in a cute watering can because nothing says spring quite like tulips and daisies!

The morning of I prepped some mini sandwiches that were almost too cute to eat!  They were quick to make with simple ingredients and fun for the kids to eat. I made cucumber cream cheese (dairy free cream cheese for my girl) butterflies, avocado toast butterflies, and flower shaped cheese sandwiches. You can use any variety of toppings or fillings, pb&j, turkey, ham, etc, whatever your kids enjoy! Honestly, as long as they’re in cute shapes, they have instant kid appeal!

 

I also had pasta salad on hand because that’s always a winner with the kids. Love finding the seasonal pastas to go with the theme (yes, I love a theme!), and found this sweet springtime bunny and egg mix at Cost Plus World Market. I threw in tomatoes, peppers, olive oil, lemon, s&p and done!

The night before I made these fun spring cupcakes with the best homemade dairy free “buttercream” frosting (recipe coming soon) and dairy free chocolates toppers. How cute are these white picket fence wrappers from Wilton!? Love at first sight! I know not everyone has a grass frosting tip, but really what’s stopping you? 🙂  If not, no worries I’ve got you covered. Just use any springtime pastel colored frosting, throw on a few jelly beans and sprinkles and you’ve got some seriously cute springtime treats.

We hung a simple white tablecloth for the backdrop and found the perfect garland banner that says it all. Yay spring!

Some-bunny hopped on over to check out the scene, so naturally we had had to put out some fresh carrots for him, but looks like this little girl got to them first!

Oh, and some cute littles chicks popped in for some fun too. I told the kids these are the kind they could keep. No food required!

Of course we had to dress like we were going on a picnic and could not have found a cuter top than this for her at Zara kids. Picnic perfect!

Don’t mind us. We’ll just be here til the sun shines and the flowers bloom!  See you soon spring. We are ready for you!

Happy sweet spring my friends! 

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