Your Guide to the Ultimate European-Inspired Date
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.
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'!
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.
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!