Planning your picnic
Set a date. Picnics require a lot of planning and preparation. Going to all the trouble to set up the picnic and then having to bag it because the date was not set ahead of time would lead to frustration, not romance.
Plan the menu. In keeping with the picnic theme, consider finger foods, which are easier to eat sitting on the floor. Of course, finger food requires napkins, so have some linen napkins set out ahead of time. Plan a menu of items you can make ahead of time so you do not have to run in and out of the kitchen continuously. Keep the food light and simple. The evening is about you two enjoying each other, so do not complicate it with intricate food choices.
Plan the beverages. Drink choices will depend on your personal preferences. If you are not alcohol drinkers, you might want to stick with water. Sparkling wine is always a romantic choice, but not everyone likes it. If you have light colored carpeting or are concerned about spills, avoid any dark liquids such as red wine, coffee or soda.
Select music. One of the best things about having your picnic indoors is that you can set the tone with music. Choose a selection you both like that will provide peaceful background music.
Set the scene. Lay down a blanket in the living room, light some candles, set out flowers. You could even string Christmas lights. Make sure the picnic location is clean and neat.
Keep the mood relaxed. Even with an indoor picnic, be ready to go with the flow. The evening does not have to be perfect to be memorable.
Things You Will Need
- Food and drinks
- Large blanket
- Make your picnic a surprise by setting the date but not telling your partner the plans.
- If you have a picnic basket, make use of it to help set the scene.
- If you choose to burn candles, make sure you blow them out when you are done to avoid starting a fire.