Urban summer: hold an indoor picnic
Bring the outside in and create a relaxed nature-inspired setting to celebrate summer in the city, whatever the weather.
Create instant impact with a frame of greenery
Bring nature indoors with a forest of potted plants – the bigger the better. If you don’t have green fingers artificial trees work fine too. This will give a wow effect and be the first thing guests see. Maximise the outdoor feeling further with atmospheric lights and a protective ‘roof’ to mark the dining spot. We went for LED lighting chains that don’t get hot and draped sheer curtains across them for a pretty contrast.
Invite your guests to stretch out on the floor
Leave the traditional table and chairs behind and put out a big rug scattered with cushions, so everyone can sit or even lie comfortably. Lay a simple buffet on an ordinary coffee table. Let your visitors serve themselves and eat from plates balanced on their knees.
Put together a green display
Make a relaxed centrepiece by filling the coffee table’s lower shelf with artificial plants and a flower or two to inject some colour. Napkins help the picnic to feel a bit more luxurious and can even become part of the deco. Here we decorated the top of the table with ordinary paper napkins that we rolled up and placed inside a few large leaves used as a holder – pretty and practical!
We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.
Interior designer: Elin Stierna
Photographer: Emma Engkvist
Writer: Anna Blom