A romantic date does not have to involve an expensive three-course meal in a posh restaurant. Your other half will feel really special if you surprise her with a romantic picnic. Spend some time planning the picnic so that you can be sure you have everything you need; consider what she likes when choosing the food, drink and music. You can then relax and focus on spending quality time with your loved one.
Fill a picnic basket with finger food that is easy to eat and not too messy. Make sandwiches with different fillings. Include apples, pears, strawberries, peaches, melons and grapes. Add sausages, pates, sliced meats, cheeses, dips (such as Dijon mustard, horseradish sauce, mayonnaise or pate) and a fresh-baked baguette of French bread. Take a box of chocolates for dessert.
Add a bottle of chilled champagne or wine in a wine tote, or sparkling flavored water as an alcohol-free alternative.
Pack drink glasses, plastic plates, a bread knife and spreader, wine opener and paper napkins. Take a picnic throw rug and blankets.
Create a CD or MP3 playlist of romantic music, including songs that are particularly memorable to you and your loved one. Take a portable CD or MP3 player. Take a rose and fat candles.
Take your loved one to a romantic location, such as a secluded beach or a quiet corner of a park. Think creatively; choose a spot with a view of your town's skyline so that you can watch the sun set together.
Place the picnic throw rug on the ground and lay out your food. Pour your partner a drink and give her the rose. Play your romantic music and relax together. If you are still there when the sun goes down, light the candles and keep warm under the blankets.