Video:How to Make a Romantic Picnicwith Jonathon Stewart
Looking for a great way to spend time with a date? Try these tips for setting a great mood with a romantic picnic for two.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Make a Romantic PicnicHey guys! Jonathon Stewart here for About.com and today it's all about the birds and the bees, with actual birds and bees included... get ready to go for a ride on the freeway of love as I show you how to make, a romantic picnic. Check it out.
The most important thing in creating a perfect romantic picnic is - well, actually, the most important part of creating a romantic picnic is finding someone to go with you. Picnics for two, romantic. Picnics for one, a little creepy.
Assemble Romantic Picnic FoodNext: food. Be sure to prepare foods that can be easily transported and cleaned up, and while you want to be your sweetheart's one and only, you also want to give a stomach plenty of options, so bring a various assortment of edibles. Sandwiches and finger food are always great, wine and cheese are classic offerings, and fresh fruit is easy to prepare, looks stunning against its background, and is ideal for feeding your date. Don't forget dessert, where you can never go wrong with chocolate.
Whatever you do, be sure to stay away from foods that are messy and can easily spoil. Because love is in the air here, and it doesn't smell like rotten mayonnaise... Also, don't forget to bring utensils, napkins, a trash bag for cleanup, and real glasses if you can swing it - nothing says classy like drinking champagne straight out of the bottle.
Create a Romantic Atmosphere at the PicnicNext, atmosphere. While it's not altogether necessary, an old-fashioned picnic basket can add a special charm to your setting in addition to carrying your grub. Other things that might help to enhance the romantic groove are votive candles, fresh flowers, and music. If you can hire Barry White or Al Green, do it. Otherwise, you've always got your iPod. Be sure to plan for the unexpected as much as you plan for the picnic itself. Don't forget umbrellas, insect repellent, a first aid kit, comfortable picnic chairs if you need them, plenty of water, a flashlight, warm clothes, towels if you're going swimming, and of course, a blanket.
Choose a Romantic LocationAnd finally, the third piece of the romantic picnic pie, location, location, location. If you can't get away, or live in a city, remember: you've always got options. Try lighting some candles or hanging some lights, draping fabric, or bringing out a few pillows and voila, you've got your perfect romantic picnic, right in your backyard. If you don't have a backyard, the same applies for your living room. Booyah. If you can get away, try going to a place you've scouted out in advance. Alternatively, a lot of beaches and parks have hotlines you can call to see where and when you can find the best place to have your picnic.
And last but definitely not least - after all this planning - remember to relax, and have a blast. Picnics rock.
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