Organize a Romantic Picnic for Two

A picnic is, perhaps, one of the most romantic types of dates. The best thing is, a picnic can be as inexpensive (or as expensive) as you want it to be. If you are looking to impress a date, then take him or her on a picnic. To make sure that your picnic is ideal, follow these few picnic tips:

Where should you have your picnic? Of course, depending on where you live, you will have different options. These picnic places are ordered from best to… least best:

  • Tuscany, Italy (alright, so a picnic in Tuscany might be a bit more expensive than you can afford(after all,airfare is not included along with the napkins in an ordinary picnic basket), but it would be nice, wouldn’t it?)
  • The beach
  • The mountains
  • The park
  • Outdoor theater
  • Your backyard
  • On the floor in front of a fireplace
  • On the floor in front of the deli section at your local grocery store

What should you bring to eat on your picnic?

If you are trying to impress your date, it is best to make the food yourself, and you better make it in advance.  Your date will appreciate the forethought.

Think of food items that do not need to hot, like cold pasta salads, vegetables and dips, fruits, olives, cheese and crackers, sandwiches, and other food.  It is possible to bring hot food if you properly insulate it.

Wine.  You can even find nice plastic wine "glasses" to take on your picnic so that you do not need to worry about breaking them.  For a more casual picnic, bring along beer.  Or, if you do not want to have alcohol, a nice sparkling juice will do.

Water.  No matter what other drink you bring, also bring water (especially if you have to trek a little ways to your picnic spot or if you set your blanket out in the sun).

Dessert.  Do not forget the dessert!  There is nothing more romantic than sitting outside, sharing a slice of chocolate cake.

Other important picnic items:

· Do not forget a picnic blanket. A picnic blanket protects your clothing from dirt or grass stains and ants. A picnic blanket is also great if you are having an evening meal – you can use it for warmth once the temperatures drop. Of course, there are other ways to stay warm, as well…

· Remember to bring utensils, plates, napkins, glasses. Many picnic baskets come ready with these items. If you have a picnic basket that comes with these items, be sure to wash them before you use them.

Additional items to consider taking on a picnic:

Music.  Depending on where you are having your picnic, you ought to consider bringing along a portable music device.  Sometimes, though, just listening to nature and to each other is enough.  If you play the guitar, bring it (but leave the piano at home...)

Frisbee or games.  Your picnic does not have to end once the food is gone.  Bring along cards or other games.  If you are picnicking in the mountains, bring along some sturdy shoes so that you can explore.  Bring along a towel for an unexpected swim (or rain shower).

Your camera.  Capture the moment.  Take a picture of your date as he or she is silhouetted by the setting sun.  Photograph the piece of chocolate cake that you accidentally smeared across your date's surprised face.

Bug spray and sun block.  You never can be too safe.

The most important “item” to bring on your picnic:

· Your date! Remember, a bad date can ruin a good picnic! (Just kidding)

Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for websites on gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background includes teaching and gardening. For more of her articles on picnics, please visit Picnic Baskets [].

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