Spring is a time for romance, and what better way to share a romantic afternoon with your significant other than to plan a romantic picnic for two. Here is a guide to everything you need to plan your perfect picnic.
Choose the location. The best place to have your picnic is in a beautiful park with shady trees. Once you’ve decided on the park, decide whether you will have your picnic on the grass or on picnic tables. It is more comfortable and convenient to have the picnic at picnic tables, but it is more romantic and traditional to have the picnic on the grass. If you choose to have the picnic on the grass, be sure to bring a thick blanket to cover the area where you will be sitting, and if you are having your picnic at a picnic table, bring along a pretty tablecloth to cover the table.
Buy a picnic basket. Having an old-fashioned wicker picnic basket adds to the romance. Be sure to get sturdy plates and bring real cutlery from home instead of using plastic cutlery.
Use wine glasses. Rather than using plastic cups, use wine glasses for the beverages, even if you are drinking non-alcoholic beverages.
Plan the menu. Turn your picnic in the park into a full meal, and have a little bit of everything. Here are some foods to bring:
- Cheese and crackers
- Sandwiches; you can either make the sandwiches at home or order them from a deli and have them cut into small pieces
- Skewers; there are a variety of easy skewers you can make including fruit skewers, vegetable skewers, or ham and cubes of cheese skewers
- An assortment of fruit including strawberries, kiwis, and grapes
- Cheesecake or cupcakes for dessert
Bring plenty of water and soft drinks, as well as wine or champagne. You can keep the beverages chilled in a cooler, but make sure you have enough ice for the duration of the picnic.
Dress the part. You might be having a picnic in the park, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t dress up as if you were going out. Ladies, wear a sundress and wedge sandals, and bring along a sun hat. Men, wear khaki pants and a polo shirt. Treat this picnic as you would any other date, and wear your best. Be sure to ask your significant other to also wear his or her best as well.
Set the atmosphere. Bring along romantic music to set the tone of the afternoon. You can use a small portable speaker or your iTunes playlist on your phone or tablet.
Have plans for after the lunch. After the lunch, you can either take a walk around the park or lie on the blanket and simply talk. If the park you are in has a swing set, the two of you can swing side by side.
Tip #1: Bring sunscreen.
Tip #2: Consider having your picnic at home if you have a large enough backyard.
Tip #3: Check the weather before choosing the date.
Tip #4: Time the picnic perfectly so that you can watch the sunset.
Tip #5: Take pictures to commemorate the date.