HOSTING A ROMANTIC SPRING PICNIC
If you live in Canada, you'll notice that Spring is in full effect and the weather is absolutely gorgeous! Believe it or not guys, there isn't any snow on the ground and it feels so darn good to be able to get out of the house with way less clothes. With this beautiful weather we are experiencing, a Romantic Spring Picnic is just want you need to kick off the Outdoor Entertainment season!
As we head into warmer weather, grab your partner and create an unforgettable romantic experience just for the two of you in the great outdoors. Creating a Romantic Spring Picnic requires minimal effort and it is the most achievable way to enjoy the company of your partner irrespective of the ever changing restrictions surrounding the coronavirus.
We know you are not looking for an average traditional picnic setup so we've created a guide below to help you plan, design and style your own cute picnic!
We love the idea of spontaneity but there is nothing like a well thought out date that factors in key elements such as location, time and permits if necessary. The location of any event dictates just how intimate it could be. So, if you are looking for something really intimate, you can easily decide to host a Romantic Spring Picnic in your backyard or take the picnic indoors if you don't have your very own green space.
Similar to dining at restaurant, you could also head to your local park if you enjoy being in the company of others or you just want to take advantage of the greenery. Remember to maintain a safe distance and always check with your local park for regulations surrounding gatherings and the safe consumption of alcoholic beverages. Time is crucial when planning any outdoor activity so choose a time that is ideal for you both because being outdoors when the sun is at its highest sounds like a sticky mess you probably don't want to be engulfed in.
PRO TIP: Determine which space will serve you best by factoring in all the restrictions that exist within each space
Design and Style
Before you head out on this romantic date, set aside time in advance to map out the look and feel of your date. To create an environment that is unique to your love story, ask yourself this question, "How do I want my partner and I to feel on this date?" By answering this question, you'll have a framework of the type of atmosphere you need to create. Once you have an idea of how you want to feel, start paying close attention to the colour palette and decor pieces you'll need for the setup.
When designing your picnic, play around with concepts such as scale and proportion as well as the placement of objects. Slowly introduce decorative pieces that will elevate the setup by carefully selecting flowers, candles, cushion covers, baskets, textiles and elegant dinnerware that are rich in colour, texture and can be easily layered. Functionality is key for any design but so is the aesthetic if you ask us! You can marry the two concepts for example by choosing cushion covers that are textured, vibrant in colour and can be layered with any textile.
PRO TIP: Create an environment for you and your partner that feels like an elevated experience.
Seating and Surfaces
It has been well established that sitting on the floor creates a really intimate setting that is unparalleled. For a traditional picnic, comfortable seating is achieved using cushions that you can easily grab from home. Layering different textiles will also help create a cozy feel for you and your date. Remember to always have extra throws just in case the Spring breeze gets too chilly.
For a Romantic Spring Picnic, we suggest a layout similar to a dinner date where you face your partner. There is a reason why this setup works for romantic settings people! You can replicate this by creating a surface that separates you from your partner. You could grab a low coffee table from your home or make a make-shift table using a tray! Having a surface of any kind at your picnic allows you to place your food, drinks and decorative pieces on which is not only practical but also achieves a fully realized layout.
PRO TIP: Having objects placed at different heights creates visual interest
Food and Drinks
Easily transportable food and drinks are a good place to start when deciding what to bring to the picnic. Our definition of "Easily Transportable Foods" are fruits, vegetables and desserts because they don't require too much preparation and can be bought from the store. Choose delicious fresh produce that are vibrant in colour, vary in shape and add to the overall aesthetic. Grazing boxes are also a great option to have because they typically contain an assortment of meats, cheese, nuts, fruits and vegetables depending on your dietary restrictions.
Drinks are a must when celebrating any romantic date so complement your food with your favourite drinks, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. We would also suggest you add a bottle of water so that you can stay hydrated while outdoors in the sun.
PRO TIP: Don't forget to wrap up your food because insects love delicious food just as much as we do and can be really unforgiving!
Most importantly, make sure you have fun on you Romantic Spring Picnic and enjoy the company of your loved one.
Happy planning and definitely let us know in the comments if this article was useful to you.
The Style X Events Team
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