The good thing about the arrival of this beautiful summer weather is that it gives you, my dear players-in-training, the opportunity to strengthen your imagination and show the young ladies just how much of an ideal man you are. You are the one who will satisfy all their romantic fantasies! For make no mistake, though they might try to appear tough, inside every woman there is a little girl who dreams of being a princess and spending a romantic afternoon listening to the birds sing, feeling the warm sun, and relaxing with her prince charming.
There is one perfect way to fulfill this fantasy. It mixes romance and nature. It let’s you get to know each other and share a delicious meal. That’s right, it’s a picnic!
Careful, I’m not saying to throw a piece of ham or turkey between two slices of bread, call it a sandwich, and eat it on a bench next to the dumpster. We’re talking about romance here, about living up to the title of “player!” We’re talking about a magical moment that could take your relationship to the next level, or at least score you some big points. But enough chatting… time for action!
1. What should I bring to eat on a romantic picnic?
Before starting the explanation, I just want to say that I’m not going to spend a lot of time discussing how to invite a girl to share this moment with you. Why? Because doing so would be repeating what is said in many of our articles… So let’s move right along to the next phase: the invitation is extended, the date set and its time to start the preparations …
And here is the challenge… some girls can be picky about food! Maybe they’re watching their weight, maybe they just like eating healthy, maybe they just have certain foods they don’t like. How to get it right? Follow our guidance!
Think fresh: vegetables! Vegetables are a source of energy and their caloric intake is relatively low. This is perfect for anyone watching their figure! Cut pieces of carrots, cucumbers, broccoli and pepper lengthwise. Arrange everything on a plate to bring out the colors, and add a few cherry tomatoes. Add a sauce, like ranch dressing, hummus, guacamole, or you could even make your own tzatziki (mix crushed cucumber, mint, and greek yogurt). Try to make a sauce yourself, it will be much more impressive and much better tasting than a sauce bought in the supermarket, and it is actually not all that hard (there are thousands of recipes on the net)!
Meats and cheeses: A charcuterie plate, with a couple types of salami, is always decicious… Add a soft cheese, like brie or camembert, and you’ve got a delicious platter. It’s always fun to eat finger food like this, and it might even be fun to try to feed each other. Cut the meat into small pieces and do the same with the cheese. Then assemble mini kebabs on toothpicks. It’s cute – she’ll love it!
If you want something more substantial, I recommend pitas (available in supermarkets) filled with tuna salad, avocado, feta, corn and small chunks of peppers for a little crunch. This is absolutely delicious – I know from experience!
The drink: you can’t plan a romantic picnic without providing something nice to drink! A small bottle of champagneor red wine (or flavored water, if you don’t drink or if you’re too young) will fit the occasion. And don’t forget to bring real glasses. It’s classier, and every little detail matters.
Dessert: Focus on seasonal fruits! Maybe some… STRAWBERRIES? They’re always a crowd pleaser! Even better? Chocolate dipping sauce! Yum! I could go on all day, so just one more tip on the food: bring a small bunch of grapes, they’re always nice to share for dessert.
2. How to set the scene
Above all, you have to find the perfect place. It should be sheltered from the wind, not too sunny, have a little privacy, and, if possible, have a view of the city or the countryside. If you’re meeting there, be sure to arrive first so you can set the scene. Candles or lanterns do wonders, especially if you are hosting the event in the early evening.
You also need to plan for your guest’s comfort. Don’t just eat on the ground – you obviously need a tablecloth, or a blanketto sit on and set the food on.
To complete the scene, try to find a classic wicker basket like you’ve seen in movies. The image is important and she’ll notice your attention to detail.
Think ahead. What will you do after you eat?Are you imagining lying side by side with your dream girl, watching the clouds float by? Bring two pillows in your backpack! Introducing an element related to the bedroom can create an unconscious sexual tension that can be quite enjoyable.
To prevent an invasion of mosquitoes or other insects, bring insect repellent. Forget the sprays – you can find nice products, like bamboo lamps that will turn up the romance while maintaining both of your comfort. I highly recommend these!
A romantic picnic is the perfect opportunity to show that you are a real gentleman, full of imagination and talent. If “cooking” yourself may seem like too much of a challenge, don’t worry. Keep it simple! Since all the dishes are cold, you won’t need more than 30 minutes to get everything ready. The rest of your time can then be spent on looking your best and finding a great spot! Remember, this picnic is a moment she’ll never forget, so you should do everything you can to make her feel appreciated. Show how you are able to think of her every need. This is a great way to impress her this summer, and to add another stamp to your player passport. All that’s left is for you to go buy those strawberries… and to tell us how it goes! I have no doubt, it will be magical!
See you guys!
J & B