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Your Guide to the Ultimate European-Inspired Date
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Your Guide to the Ultimate European-Inspired Date

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After spending time living or traveling abroad in Europe, chances are you'll return to the States with a new appreciation for the European tradition of outdoor dining—especially that of a well-crafted picnic. Sometimes, the simplest things can make for the most romantic dates. In honor of the much-loved picnic date, we rounded up everything you need for your own European-inspired meal al fresco.

The prep:

Scope out your neighborhood and find a park suitable for picnicking, preferably one with nice green grass! Next, you'll want a picnic basket or reusable bag to transport all of your goodies to the park. Try the Picnic Time Canterbury English Style Picnic Basket or any of these great eco-friendly totes! Another picnic essential is a comfy blanket. Opt for a padded, waterproof one for maximum comfort. Don't forget to pack a portable speaker so you can get those romantic vibes goin'!

The packing:

Head to your grocery store to pick up some delicious food for your outing. Think fine meats and cheeses à la Italy and a baguette for a taste of Paris. Pack fresh fruit (grapes, blueberries, strawberries—you decide), and don't forget a beverage of your choice! Pack everything in these stackable Rubbermaid containers, along with this durable and functional cheese board.

Last-minute essentials:

On your way to pick up your date, stop for some flowers and grab a tin of mints—it never hurts to have them on hand. (Trust us!) And don't forget to have fun!

What are your picnic essentials? Tell us in the comments below!

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