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Getting Romantic with an Outdoor Picnic

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014 by Quik Shade

Romantic Outdoor Picnicphoto credit: Royce Bair

Beautiful, sunny days provide an opportunity to plan a romantic picnic date with your partner. A simple picnic can be an ideal date, whether you have just started dated or have been together for years. It does not take much time or money to execute the perfect picnic. However, you do need to plan carefully to ensure that you and your partner have a very romantic evening that will create, or reignite, sparks.

What to Eat on a Picnic

Picnic fair can be anything from simple sandwiches to an elaborate meal. However, traditionally picnic food focuses on simple food. Sandwiches, salads, finger food, veggies and hummus, and fruit are always enjoyable foods for a picnic. You can also choose romantically inspired foods when packing your picnic, such as strawberries and chocolate or any type of finger food. Don’t forget to pack some champagne or wine as well, if you enjoy alcoholic beverages. When choosing the menu, keep in mind that location of the picnic, especially how long the food will be outside of the refrigerator. You do not want the food to get too cold or hot. You also want to stay from any messy foods. You should also ensure to bring any applicable dishes or silverware to eat and serve, including a wine opener if you are having wine.

Where to Have a Picnic

Any outdoor location can be an ideal picnic location, even your backyard if you are unable to leave home for a variety of reasons, such as not finding a babysitter. For the most romantic outdoor picnics, try to find a more isolated location surrounded by greenery or nature. Local parks, the beach, a lakeside or river, or anywhere quiet and serene provide a romantic atmosphere. You can also consider places that have been special to your relationship in the past and revisit to add to the romance of the evening.

How to Decorate for your Picnic

If you can, consider adding some additional accessories to your picnic basket, including some fresh cut flowers and a nice blanket on which to sit. This will create a more intimate and romantic mood. The location you have your picnic will determine how much you can decorate the area. You can also bring some romantic music to play in the background to help set the mood. Depending on the situation, you can even bring some candles with you, but you want to be sure not to create a fire hazard.

What Time Should you Have your Picnic

You can have a picnic anytime of day, but the most romantic time of day is around sunset. You can sit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, eat your meal, and then watch the sunset. However, you can still have a romantic afternoon picnic or even enjoy a breakfast outdoors. Just as watching the sunset is romantic, so is watching the sunrise. If you and your partner are early risers, you can always pack a picnic breakfast and enjoy the sunrise.

Make it more than just a Picnic

A picnic does not have to be the only activity you do on your date night. You can find an activity that you both enjoy that also takes advantage of the beautiful day and surroundings to go along with your picnic. For example, you can bring your picnic meal with you while you and your partner go on a hike. Then, when you get to a beautiful location, you can sit and enjoy your meal. You can do the same with kayaking, horseback riding, boating, and bike riding. Alternatively, you can bring some activities to play during your picnic, such as throwing a Frisbee or flying a kite. If you plan everything carefully, you can have a delicious and enjoyable picnic that combines relaxation with fun for a really romantic date.