A Sweet Little Indoor Picnic

A Sweet Little Indoor Picnic

It is getting to be that hot and humid time of year again here in GA.  So we are avoiding the bugs and the heat with a sweet little indoor picnic to celebrate our anniversary.


How my husband and I ever survived a July wedding, I will never know. Maybe it was cooler 20 years ago, and this is all just a result of global warming. I do not know, but this Georgia heat index is ridiculous. As many of you guys know, my husband sustained an injury to his shoulder recently, which took all of our travel plans for our 20th anniversary and put them into a holding pattern. We will still go and celebrate, eventually, just not on our actual anniversary this month or even this year, lol. I decided to share a fun TBT picture to July 26, 1997. I have always loved this candid shot of me trying to tromp through the grass in heels, as my sweet hubby to be reaches back to make sure I don’t end up face first on the ground.Since we are at home for our anniversary, I decided it would nice to have a cute little romantic picnic. Problem #2,  apparently Atlanta, GA is now the new Seattle, WA because it has rained for days this summer. This is a very unusual trend for our drought stricken state, so you will hear not complaints for me. However, it makes planning a picnic outside very challenging.So gave up on the outdoor portion and I decided to plan a quaint little indoor picnic, with a view of the outdoors. Hey less bugs and air conditioning so that’s a win, win. I set up the picnic right in the middle of our family room, which has this beautiful bowed wall of windows overlooking the woods and creek.

Fun Picnic Tip- Try turning a martini glass upside down keep a cover on delicate fruit salads, and use the base as a riser for desserts or candles.

I started the picnic setup off with my mother’s Irish linen table topper. Those infamous galvanized chargers, that I am so in love with this month, I can really see some longevity with them. I also add  a selection of pretty glass jars to reflect the light since it is such an overcast day.

Some simple snack  with a light version of a charcuterie board lined with maple glazed turkey, Manchego cheese which is  my hubby’s favorite, rosemary crackers and some sliced apples and oranges. I added a side dish of smoked almonds, ranch dip and carrots. Then onto the main course Sissy’s Fried Goat Cheese & Strawberry Salad. This is a fantastic recipe given to me by my dear friend Niki. Honestly I have made a few tweaks in the prep so now it is even simpler for an easy weeknight dinner. I think we have it least once a week in during the summer and especially during strawberry season. Click the link above for the full recipe and my DIY tips on pre prep for easy weeknight dinners.I also toasted up some homemade croutons with a multi grain french loaf, and some OLI+VE Persian Lime Olive Oil. Which makes them taste fantastic without any additional seasoning required.  Finally what is a picnic with out lemonade? So I made a semi homemade Blueberry Lemonade Cupcakes, which you can link over to get the recipe details. Again, all of my recipes are super simple this one starts with a box cake mix, how easy is that? They were fantastic and so delicious you really must make them.

Another fun option is to try my super Easy Instant Pot Lemon & Blueberry Cheesecake Bundt. It is such a simple recipe using the Martha White muffin mix, and your Instant Pot. Plus you can even make pretty little individual mini cakes like the one seen below. Which is absolutely perfect for a picnic for two!

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake JENRON DESIGNS
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Instant Pot Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bundt

Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Keyword Blueberry, Cakes, Cheesecake, Instant Pot, Lemon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Natural Release Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 320kcal
Author Jennifer Gainer


  • Instant Pot 3 Qt. Mini ( Recipe Can be doubled for larger size Instant Pots)
  • Cooking Trivet
  • Flower Bundt Cake Pan
  • Microplane


  • 1 package Martha White Blueberry Cheesecake Muffin Mix
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 Large Lemon Zested & Juiced
  • 1/2 cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 can Olive Oil Spray


  • Zest your entire lemon, then slice in half and juice completely.
  • Mix muffin mix, half a cup of milk, 1 tsp lemon zest and 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice in a bowl. Then stir in 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips.
  • Grease flower bundt pan with a olive oil cooking spray prior to adding my batter.
  • Add cooking trivet and 1/2 cup of water in the base of Instant Pot and place bundt pan on top.
  • Cook at High Pressure Manual Cook for 10 Minutes, then allowed to natural vent and rest for 20 minutes.
  • While the cake is baking make the icing drizzle with all of the remaining lemon zest and lemon juice and approximately 1/3 cup of confectioners sugar. If you drizzle is to thin add more if it is too thick thin with a tsp of water until you reach a syrup consistency.
  • Once your cake is completely cooled, invert the flower bundt pan onto a plate or cake dish and drizzle with the lemon icing.

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PIN ME for later and be sure to follow us on Pinterest at Jen @ JENRON DESIGNS Easy Instant Pot Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bundt JENRON DESIGNSThank you for joining us on our indoor anniversary picnic, which is a fun idea it you ever find yourself stuck inside during monsoon season.


  1. What a lovely idea! Amazing execution, it all looks fantastic. Happy anniversary!

  2. Thanks! You have pretty snazzy site yourself 🙂

  3. Lauren Jenkins

    This is beautiful!! Happy Anniversary!

  4. Ah this is so cute! And I love the idea of having an indoor picnic to celebrate! And happy anniversary of course! (PS that cupcake looks sooooo good)

  5. Jeffery Fes

    Well that seem like a great idea for a rainy day date options. Just stay in right? Great blog and those cupcakes like killer.

  6. A very nice idea for a dreary day, we have a few of those here. I think I might have to steal this idea for a date night. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Alyssa Marlow

    How sweet! That salad looks good and do not eat a whole lot of salads, my hubs is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, so not many salads around here in TX. Anywho great blog fantastic design I am signing up for your newsletters because I do want to stay in the know, LOL.

  8. Elaine Cook

    You have a beautiful blog with very inventive ideas and design work. I truly enjoy stopping by to see what you are up too. Do you have a online store for all your great finds or do you source out? Just checking so I can stay all your great ideas. 🙂 TTFN

  9. Wendi Bowers

    You have such a eye for table settings. The pictures are stunning even with it being taken on a rainy day. Keep up the good work, I am a die hard reader and follower that can’t wait to see you holiday stuff.

  10. Torri Sykes

    This dinner looks absolutely delicious are the recipes available on your site? If not they should be. Pretty colors of glass bottles play nicely with the green outdoors in the windows. Great job, I will be a avid follower!

  11. Libby Talks

    I really do love this idea, especially for a special occasion. Happy Anniversary! The food looks awesome.

  12. Helen Chik

    Great idea I hate bugs and heat but I sure do like to eat. I that salad looks amazing! Thanks for the fun post.

  13. NY-Niki

    Happy Anniversary dear friends! It’s beautiful to see each year get sweeter and sweeter.❤️
    I love the “tweaked” flavors added to the croutons,yummy.
    My husband looks forward to this salad like dessert to a meat a potatoes meal. It’s a favorite meal to me!
    So anyone who feels they aren’t really salad people should really give it a try.😉
    You created such a lovely setting for a celebratory occasion. Cheers to many more!

  14. Thank you my friend, I was not sure how you felt about a a shout out so I decided to code it with our nicknames!!! You the originator of this amazing salad, we eat all the time, in fact I just made it for lunch today. I tweaked it again by adding BBQ chicken, eliminating the fruit, using a basic garden salad base and using a store bought Tomato Vidalia Onion salad dressing, which with the goat cheese medallions was fantastic!!! Ever since I learned to freeze the medallions I out them on everything. xoxox, Muffy Cloverchains

  15. NY-Niki

    I love that switch up! You always have endless ideas for mixing great flavors.
    The idea to prep and freeze the goat cheese medallions is brilliant! I am inspired to put a batch of those in the freezer.
    The salads always remind me of happy times of get togethers. It just reminded me that I always had to make the Asian salad with the orange vinaigrette for Bill.
    I think we comforted ourselves with the presence of greens at the table feeling sure they allowed us extra cocktails or maybe Halloween candy.Lol. Hugs!

  16. Sergai Potek

    I like this idea for a romantic date night, seems like the ladies like it too! I will try to do this for my next tender date. Fingers crossed.

  17. cours de theatre paris

    I really enjoy the article post.Much thanks again. Awesome.

  18. 3+4 Chest of Drawers

    Thanks for your posting such a fun idea for a indoor picnic, in England it literally rains all the time so indoor picnics are a must.

  19. The DIY girl

    Thank you ever so for you article posts they are always so inspiring to me. Will read on to see more of what you have been up too……

  20. Annabel Burnett

    very interesting info!

  21. Suen

    What a fun idea and perfect way to avoid all the bugs too.

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  23. This is such a fun idea! It has been hot and humid where I live too, so an indoor picnic seems much nicer than having to deal with the bugs outside!

  24. 5 stars
    You ooze style and love and grace in everything you do. What a lovely picnic, the food, the setting, the view. Love what you do to make life beautiful.

  25. Olufunke Kolapo

    This is awesome! I’ll definitely check out the recipe for the cupcakes.

  26. What a sweet idea! I love this and your set up is beautiful!!! Happy Anniversary!

  27. Michelle

    This looks all delicious, I will try this all!

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