Ideas for Romantic Picnics

Ideas for Romantic Picnics

by Victoria Ochaud

About Victoria Ochaud

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Victoria Ochaud is a writer in London, U.K. She began working in publishing in 2005 as deputy editor of an industry wine and spirits publication. By 2007 she became editor and by 2008 she began freelancing for international food, drink and travel magazines. She has a bachelor's degree in history and politics and a master's degree in English literature.

Picnics are romantic by nature -- they are intimate, personal and automatically create a feeling of well-being. Few romantic restaurants can create atmosphere, stimulate all five senses and impress dates like picnics can. Even though the most ordinary picnic can set a romantic mood, however, a few extra steps can create a truly unforgettable experience.

Surprises

An element of surprise always increases the romance of an event. Pretend you are going somewhere mundane and everyday, cut across a park and pull out a carefully concealed picnic from your bag. On the other hand, the location of the picnic could be the surprise. You could get your loved-one to help you pack what he or she thinks is an ordinary picnic, but in secret, you could also pack a daypack or even an overnight bag and venture out into some scenic countryside for your picnic. For a really special occasion, you could even go abroad for your picnic -- pick a holiday-spot for an idyllic getaway and make the planned picnic part of a larger vacation.

Ordinary Locations

Setting up a particularly sumptuous picnic in an ordinary location could be just as unexpected and special as traveling to a new location. Backyard picnics or picnics in front of the living room fireplace can be delightfully unusual. A candlelit nighttime picnic can make an ordinary location more romantic too. As long as the food, drink, cutlery and crockery of the picnic are opulent and you use other features to set the scene -- candles and music, for instance -- even the most unremarkable location can become romantic.

Make It Meaningful

Locations, food, drinks or music that have some significance to your loved-one or to the two of you as a couple are good ways to create romance. Picnics set in the place where you met or with some meaningful music playing in the background could turn an ordinary picnic into something moving and amorous.

Food and Drink

Food and drink are not only seminal to a picnic, they are also important ingredients for romance. Wine and Champagne instantly make a meal more special, for instance. Picnics usually have simple foods, so adding some opulence will turn an ordinary picnic into a romantic one. Cold seafood, dried meats, cheeses, sweet fruits, rich desserts and gourmet chocolate can be both practical and sumptuous.

Considerations

Remember that at a picnic you will usually be outdoors for a long period of time, so take proper precautions. Pick a day forecast to be warm and sunny, but prepare for changeable weather. Take a first aid kit and plenty of water. Apply sunscreen and insect repellent and take a blanket to keep your clothes and food clean. If you are surprising your loved-one with a romantic getaway, make sure she can take the time off and that you pack her what she will need. Make sure you go to well-known places, or at least have a map, compass and flashlights.

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References (1)

  • "Cheap Dates: Fun, Creative, and Romantic Dates That Won't Break Your Budget"; Stephen C. Smith; 2001

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  • couple on picnic image by Nikolay Okhitin from Fotolia.com