The Perfect Picnic for Two – Ideas to Plan Your Next Outdoor Meal

Have you ever felt that after spreading yourself thin across work, family, and other commitments or responsibilities you don’t have the time or energy to go anywhere (even if it’s just for a weekend)? This is probably more common than you think, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy whatever is left of your free time. Having a simple picnic away from the hustle of everyday life can disrupt even the busiest routines enough to make it feel like you had a mini vacation.

Picnics are simple, fun, and won’t take up too much of your time. There are several ways to make a picnic more special and romantic. With a few touches, which we’ll discuss below, you can easily make your picnic something that is memorable and not just about eating great food.

Making the Moment Perfect

romantic picnic for two on beachFirst of all, the time and weather must be good. This is very crucial since it will dictate the mood of the whole affair. Sunny days might seem like a good idea but it it’s too hot and you don’t have a shade, you may find yourself getting cranky and irritated really fast. Having your picnic in the late afternoon on a clear day gives you the opportunity to watch the sunset together. If the whole afternoon seems unbearably hot, you might want to have your picnic at night instead when it gets a bit cooler.

The location is also an important point. Just because it’s a picnic, it doesn’t mean that it has to be in a park. A building’s rooftop can be a great setting for your picnic, especially at night (or if you live in a major city like New York). A cliff set above an ocean with a stunning view is also a great place to have a picnic. On rainy days, you can even set up your picnic on your living room floor, and avoid getting drenched.

Your Menu

making hamburgers for picnicAfter deciding when you’ll have your picnic, you can then move on to planning your menu. A lunch time picnic typically consists of sandwiches, fried chicken, hamburgers or hotdogs (if you choose to BBQ -check out the Coleman Road Trip Grill), and some fruit (you can also pack a salad to ensure there are some healthy vegetables in the meal). For the salad, you can choose a Garden, Ceasar, or a variety of other types. What we usually like to do is get a pre-made salad at the grocery store (saves time).  For other lighter options, you can bring snack foods like fruit bowls, cookies, and chips. Dinner picnics can be a bit more tricky, since dinners tend to be heavier. Make some soup and place it in a thermos to maintain its proper temperature. This is going to be quite helpful if it gets too cold during your picnic. Packing a macaroni or penne based pasta dish would also be a good choice since it’s very filling and easy to eat. Some couples are starting a whole new trend by packing steaks and grilling them at a dinner picnic. Desserts are very important too. You can go for the classic chocolate dipped strawberries or you can pack your favorite cupcakes.

Easy Recipes for an Outdoor Picnic

Small Touches

The small details can make or break your romantic picnic. Thinking of a theme for your picnic can give it that edge that you’re looking for. One example would be a Paris themed picnic with decorations like a miniature Eiffel tower, fake passports and plane tickets, and other items reminiscent of the city of love. You can also bring a music player along with a playlist of love songs or songs that are special for the both of you.

Go back to basics with a simple picnic. It’s a great way to spend your weekend with that special person in your life.