Planning a romantic picnic isn't hard, but if you really want to woo your fellow picnicker, a little planning makes all the difference in the world. Take some time to consider how variables like location, menu, time of day and scenery can affect the chances of your romantic picnic being successful. Here are a few tips.
Know your fellow picnicker
This is often easier than it seems. If you're taking your wife, husband or long-term significant other on a picnic jaunt, it will be much easier to know what to bring, especially for food. However, if you're going on a picnic for a first or second date, make sure that you can plan a menu that appeals to your companion. If possible, ask him or her what sort of food they enjoy prior to purchasing meal supplies. Remember that many individuals today are vegetarians, so it's best not to show up with nothing except hot dogs and hamburgers, unless you're sure your companion eats meat. Here are a few tasty vegetarian options.
Find a great location
I know, it's easier than it sounds, but a killer picnic location always ramps up the romance. In general, the more remote the better, as privacy will allow you and your companion to focus your energy on each other. If you're headed to a public park, look for an enclave or out of the way space where you can get some peace and quiet.
Another element of location is the landscape surrounding you. If you live in a hilly or mountainous area, elevation is your ally as it can provide a gorgeous view. If you can find a quiet spot near a lake or river, this is also usually a good location. However, beware of picnicking at the beach. Though the thought of crashing waves may sound romantic, blowing sand won't do much to accentuate the flavor of your picnic food. If you do picnic on the sand, make sure you bring a sturdy picnic blanket and find a spot that is safe from the elements.
To booze or not to booze
Often, that is the question. A bottle of wine, champagne or a few cold beers can loosen up any romantic picnic, but there's nothing romantic about a drunk. If you're not sure whether or not your picnic companion drinks, then make sure to bring non-alcoholic beverages as well. Juices, smoothies, and even non-alcoholic beers are a few good options.
Depending on how well you've followed the previous steps, you may be in the running for some picnic smooching. If so, there are a number of things to remember. If you're in a public place, it's important to moderate your affection in order to not disturb others. If you don't, your amorous moment may be interrupted with a chorus of shouts to 'Get a room.'
If you think things might get really steamy, stake out a remote picnic spot beforehand, where there's little chance of being disturbed. Just remember that even in the wilderness, there's always the possibility of someone stumbling onto your picnic site, which can turn the steamiest picnic into an embarrassing dud.
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