Want to surprise your significant other with a date that has a wow factor? How about putting a modern spin on a classic? Update the traditional picnic with a few simple steps.
Romance under the stars
The first step to updating your picnic is to move it’s time-frame from day to night to allow for more of a romantic atmosphere. You can time it just right so you arrive at your chosen spot right as the sun is setting, but prepare for darkness ahead of time by draping simple string lights from trees (as shown on the right), having some lanterns ready, or scented candles nearby.
If you really want to create a wow factor, hang an outdoor screen between trees and make sure not to forget the projector! Pick out a movie you’ll both enjoy (or at least one you can compromise on.) Safe categories include comedies, romance movies, and dramas. Find out what new movies have just come out and find the perfect film that fits his or her mood. It’s wise to steer clear from action movies, horror, or science fiction unless you have already established that these are suitable choices. If you don’t have an outdoor screen or projector, make a play list of slow songs and keep your iPod attached to speakers nearby.
The next step is to tackle the picnic blanket. Why sit flat on the ground when you could set up some thick outdoor cushions loaded with pillows? Check out local interior design or home repair stores for outdoor lounge cushions that cover two-seater pool chairs. The cushions will be super comfy and also will go perfectly with your evening picnic basket outing. It might also be a good idea to bring along a blanket to drape over one another as the night gets cooler – you never know how long you may be outside enjoying the moonlight and stars!
Fill your picnic basket
Now that you’ve set the mood with lighting, comfortable seating, and have an activity planned (either a movie or dancing under the stars), it’s time to focus on what’s inside your picnic basket. If you’re watching a movie, it’s certainly appropriate to pack popcorn or kettle corn along with traditional movie theater sweets. Skip the sodas and slushies and pack either a nice bottle of wine or some champagne; just make sure not to rock the picnic basket around before reaching for the champagne with a bottle-opener in hand!