Picnics are a popular idea for romantic dates, and probably conjure up images of loving couples sitting on a blanket in a park, sipping wine and gazing lovingly into each others’ eyes as they converse, smile, and laugh together. It may be a bit of a cliché, but it’s popular for a reason, and remains an excellent choice for such occasions.
That said, while the conventional picnic is all well and good, it could certainly be improved upon, and there are a lot of ideas and details most people don’t really think about when planning one, which is why Vine Vera decided you might like to learn about a few ways to upgrade your picnic. Read on, and take your next picnic excursion to the next level.
Good for More than Just Romance
Not that romance isn’t great, because it definitely is, but one unfortunate truth when it comes to picnics is that romance is almost all that people think about when picnics come to mind. Whatever happened to the idea of a fun family picnic? If a park with fun play equipment is selected for such an excursion, it gives the parents a chance to relax and enjoy some time together as they munch on picnic favorites like sandwiches, chips, and other assorted delights. Meanwhile, the kids—after they’ve finished their lunch—have a blast on their own. Picnics can also be a great way for you to hang out with your best friends in a way you probably haven’t considered before. Bring a deck of cards or a board game, and enjoy some fun bonding time with friends.
Consider Grabbing Takeout
Cooking at home and bringing it to a picnic might seem fun and special, but it can be a logistical nightmare. Consider saving the home cooked meal for a romantic dinner at home. Instead, and grab some takeout from a mutual favorite restaurant on the way to the picnic spot, and dig in.
Bottles Not Required
For romantic picnic dates, a bottle or three of wine is pretty common, but while nice in theory, they can be a pain. If the point is to relax on the ground, who wants to awkwardly fiddle with a corkscrew and then try pouring into wine glasses without a table to simplify things? While boxed wine may not have the best of reputations, it’s actually gotten a lot better over the years, and it’s so much more convenient. Besides that, who says you even need wine at all? If you and your S.O. both love wine, great! But if not, why are you bringing it to an occasion that’s supposed to be special and personal to you and your relationship? Sure, wine is fancy, but bring whatever both of you enjoy, even if that just means a few bottles of beer and, say, hard lemonade, or even no alcohol at all, if you’d rather not.
Get a Basket that Works
You want something that looks nice and suits the mood, but do make sure it doesn’t have any holes and is easy to carry. Besides that, go for something insulated if the food’s going to be in there for very long; you don’t want to set up the picnic spot only to find all your food spoiled.