One of the best, inexpensive dates out there today is none other than the classic romantic picnic. Perfect for a warm spring, summer, or fall afternoon, its bound to rekindle old romance, or ignite a new flame. Here are some tips as to how to have a great picnic date.
Check the weather forecast and make sure that it’s going to be a sunny, beautiful day. If not, maybe it would be a good day to stay in and watch a movie on Netflix, and save your picnic for tomorrow.
If the weather looks promising, the next thing you’ll need to do is find either a basket or a bag of some type to pack your picnic food in.
Additionally, take with you either a blanket to sit on the ground, or a little table cloth to throw over one of the park picnic tables, if your now the sitting on the ground type of person.
For food, you have a couple of different options. One of the simplest would be to bring some cheese, fruit, and either crackers or bread. Trader Joe’s tends to have the least expensive cheese (and best quality) so try going there first. Another easy options would be to go through just about any drive through. This may not be quite as romantic, but once you are at your picnic location, you’ll forget that you’re eating drive through. This is great for busy couples. Of course, you can always throw together some nice sandwiches with what you have in your refrigerator. Regardless, make sure that you have at least one bottle of wine with you. Be sure to bring a corkscrew, some paper plates, glasses and utensils. Also, make sure you have some ice packs to keep your food from spoiling.
For ambiance, some candles and music always helps. Make sure that the candles you bring are in glass votives as to not get knocked over and start a fire, and to keep them blowing out from the wind. For music, bring your iPod, and a portable set of speakers. If you don’t have this, you could also keep your picnic near your car, and let the music play out your car window, or maybe you don’t want any music at all, and just enjoy the sounds of nature. That’s fine too.
Don’t forget to bring something to keep the bugs away. One of the most annoying things at a picnic is often the bugs. Of course, you and your beau will need to be prepared for a few bug visitors, but can keep most of them at bay by taking a few citronella candles with you (these could even take place of the votive candles mentioned above) and bug spray.
Bring a game of some sort. A good game can be an icebreaker if this is one of your first dates, or just a fun way to pass time. Bring something easy to travel with that doesn’t require much setup. Cards and simple games like checkers or backgammon come to mind. Of course, you could also bring some more active things with you like a Frisbee or baseball.
As for what to wear, if you are a guy, feel free to wear your jeans and shoes you can slip on and off. Make sure you read my article on foot care, before you bare them in front of your potential, or already significant other. For women, if you want to be ultra romantic, put on a flowy skirt or dress, and either keep your hair down, or if it’s really hot, put it up in a soft bun.
Once you get to your location, try to find some place with a light breeze, and little bit of shade. Its better not to sit in direct sunlight, and get overheated, or sunburned. A sunburn could totally ruin the romantic atmosphere you have set up.
There you have it. A perfect, beautiful weather, romantic date for two that doesn’t need to cost much, if anything. The biggest expense, of course would be the food, but you may already have something at home. If you are just looking for something fun and relaxing to do with your beau that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, go on a classic picnic.