Planning the perfect date for your significant other can be intimidating, there are so many things that can go wrong and you feel pressurized into trying to plan for every eventuality. The simple truth is that with a little preparation and a lot of care, your partner will love whatever it is that you have spent so much time lovingly planning. So, relax, take a few deep breaths and before you know it you will both be having the best time of your lives. The most romantic, time-honored date tradition imaginable is going on the perfect picnic. Picnics can be a little tricky but you can prepare by following these 5 easy steps…
- The Blanket Is Everything
There is nothing that will ruin your picnic date faster than trying to squeeze onto a tiny blanket. Pack 2 blankets; one thick, giant, plush one for lying on and another lovely one for using when the afternoon starts to cool off. Having the extra blanket will also allow you to stay later and lie together under the stars. Turn your phones off so there are no interruptions to your date.
- Plan Your Meal
Once you’ve picked out the perfect blankets for your date, you can move onto the next important element to master – the food. Picnics are all about smaller, snack items so think along the lines of cheese, fruit, crackers, nuts, and charcuterie boards. Pack your picnic sets for 2 to the brim with delectable food and your picnic will be perfect.
- Wine Tasting
A romantic picnic is a great opportunity to experiment with a few different wines. Wine tasting will take the pressure off of you for picking one singular great wine, that way even if you don’t know what wine works with each type of food you’ll have your bases covered. Choose lighter wines for a day picnic like white wines and rose, and a bolder red wine for a dinner date picnic.
- Keep The Bugs Away
Besides the obvious things like sunscreen and hats, picnics can be ruined by a different element of nature…ants, bees, and mosquitos. Pack some bug spray and be sure to get every bit of exposed skin covered with ample amounts of spray. For the ants and bees, a nifty tip is to pack a plate of extra treats to use as a decoy plate – that way they will be preoccupied with their food to even worry about trying to get to yours.
- Don’t Forget The Corkscrew
Everyone thinks of the blanket, the food, and the wine… sometimes people forget the corkscrew and are left with having to find creative, and often dangerous, ways to open their wine bottles. Pack a bottle opener and a corkscrew if your picnic basket doesn’t already have them. If your wine has a screw-top lid then we should be having an entirely different conversation…
Picnics are the best way to reconnect and enjoy a private, romantic experience for two. Try to relax and have fun, picnics are simple to master – you just need to follow the steps above.