DIY Spring Picnic

spring picnic

Last week I experienced my first Spring Storm in Oklahoma: tornados, hail, and all the brilliant lightning. To make up for the awful weather, I decided to hold a little “spring picnic”. Well, I do confess that we intended to go outdoors to have a picnic. But out of nowhere, a tornado warning comes up and I have to resort to an indoors spring picnic. I guess it’s a good idea and activity to do while there’s a storm going on, right? So here’s a little DIY Spring Picnic guide I put together to help you out if you want a little get together of your own!

 

spring picnic

 

Despite having no outdoor scenery, we still had all the elements of a picnic: a picnic blanket, some lemonade, fresh fruit, a pasta dish, spring veggie rolls, chicken salad sandwiches, and the cutest board of cheese, crackers, and nuts.

spring picnic

I made spring veggies for the first time in honor of our picnic! Using rice paper, I rolled up red cabbage, cucumbers, chicken, carrots, lettuce, and cilantro leaves. I made a dipping sauce of peanut butter, sriracha, cane sugar, soy sauce, and chili flakes. These were SO delicious! Surprisingly, my hubby enjoyed these way more than I did! For the complete recipe, you can click here.

spring picnic

I put together a little cutting board full of multi-grain crackers, pepper jack and cheddar cheese cubes, walnuts, and almonds. This is a super simple way to impress guests and the combinations of fruits, nuts, and cheeses you could use are endless!

spring picnic

Of course you can’t forget lemonade. Here’s the recipe for the perfect sugar-free honey lemonade. I just stirred in half a cup of frozen mixed berries at the end that gave a little texture and the pretty pink color!

spring picnic

And of course, you can’t forget fresh fruit. I made pineapple and watermelon skewers the were bright and colorful on a dull day. My 15-month old absolutely loves this concept!

spring picnic

Last, but not least, the perfect no-bake cheesecake that literally whips together in 15 minutes. You must give this a try soon! The recipe for this berry no-bake cheesecake is below.

No-Bake Cheesecake

10 minutes

10 minutes

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No-Bake Cheesecake

The perfect no-bake cheesecake that smooth, creamy, and perfect for a picnic!

Ingredients

  • 1 package cream cheese, 8 oz
  • 1 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • lemon zest of 1 small lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 rectangles graham cracker crust
  • 2 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Pulse the graham crackers with the butter until it resembles fine sand. Place equally in bottom of four ramekins or serving bowls. Press down with clean fingers. Place the ramekins in the fridge while the batter is being made.
  2. For the batter, whip 1 cup of heavy cream in a bowl on medium-high until stiff peaks are formed. Careful not to whip too much or it will turn to butter!
  3. In another bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Scrape the edges and beat once more, about 1 minute total.
  4. Add the whipped cream into the cream cheese bowl, adding the vanilla, sugar, and lemon zest as well. Be careful not to overbeat, only just until it's all combined really well.
  5. Scoop cream cheese mixture into the 4 bowls and top with berries and some crushed graham crackers.
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14 comments

  1. Abbie says:

    I am drooling all over this post! Can you see the drool? Visualize it? Let’s not get too graphic! The cutting board serve concept! The no bake cheesecake! The amazing skewers! I love every bit here!

  2. Shahnaaz says:

    Your pictures are stunning! Everything looks so tasty! In South Africa we’re going into autumn/fall now but I’ll definitely bookmark this for spring!

  3. Beenish says:

    Rubina all of this is looking fantastic. I must say though here, in Pakistan, it got so hot all of a sudden and I feel there wasn’t much spring we experienced. My kids would love this cheesecake and it looks easy enough for them to make it too..:)

  4. Rafia says:

    OMG! An indoor picnic is the cutest idea ever! And I love all those photos. I agree with Abbie. You have a real talent for presentation (in addition to cooking).

    Quick question though for the lemonade: does it have to be freshly squeezed lemons? I have lemon juice, which I use for cooking, in the fridge. Haha. And if that Ginger Peanut Sauce has Sriracha in it, I know my husband will love it! Dude goes through a bottle a week!

  5. Raising Young Believers says:

    We’re just about heading into winter, but this post just gave me inspiration to have an indoor winter picnic. The dipping sauce for your springrolls sound divine! I love peanut sauces, and of course fruit skewers are always a winner. For pics are stunning!

  6. Amina says:

    Masha Allah… I love the indoor picnic idea, its brilliant.

    My favourite???

    It all looks sooo inviting and enticing. I love it all. Need to try this picnic adventure out soon x

  7. Umme Hafsa says:

    This looks so wonderful MashaAllah 🙂 I love the idea of an indoor picnic – it’s so cute. Those spring veggie rolls looks amazing – I’ve never used rice paper before so I’m really keen to give that a go!

  8. Zainab Dokrat says:

    Love your pictures! That’s my food blogger goals lol omw everything looks so yummy mashaallah. It’s winter here now or starting to be so it’s all the warm foods that are coming out. I’ve always wanted to try spring veggies wrapped in rice paper, inshallah maybe I will give it a shot, looks beautiful. Ah the classic cheese platter, a tip you can heat up honey with some figs and almonds and other nuts you may prefer and drizzle over the cheese! Tastes amazing. (www.spicyfusionkitchen.com and http://www.beautywithzainy.com)

  9. Nakida says:

    I told my husband that this summer in sha Allah, I would love to have a few picnics at a park/beach in sha Allah. I think the children will love it. Your pictures are so beautiful and looks very delicious. I think I am going to try this recipe, it looks quite yummy.

  10. Iman says:

    Seriously – every time I pass by your blog I end up ravenous – like completely ravenous! I want to reach into the screen and pull fistfuls of food out! Lol! I love the idea of an indoor picnic – it will come in super handy when the weather changes and we’re stuck indoors again. I’m going to try fruit on a skewer for my almost 3 year old who is all of a sudden being particularly picky about fruit!

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