Planning The Perfect Romantic Picnic

Nothing says, “I love you” like sitting on a blanket with a beautiful view and enjoying a picnic together.

If it's been a while since the last time you surprised your spouse or significant other with a truly romantic and unique date, Valentine’s Day will be here soon. In fact, this may be the perfect opportunity to take him or her on a picnic, and there are plenty of places around Miami Beach that are perfect for a lover’s picnic.

Packing a picnic lunch and heading for a spot on open grass with a scenic view is the perfect way to create memories that will last forever. Picnics are a throwback to a more traditional time when it was a far more popular activity. A picnic is a relaxing way to enjoy a meal that doesn't cost a lot of money, and you don't feel pressured to finish your food and get out of there.

Instead, it can just be the two of you sitting on a blanket spread out over the plush grass, leisurely enjoying your meal while you gaze upon waves crashing on the beach, kids playing in a park, or butterflies doing their delicate dance in a garden of colorful blossoms.

At Let Love In Picnics, they are happy to create the perfect romantic setting for a Valentine's Day picnic, as well as catering to special occasions like bridal showers, marriage proposals, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. Typically, the packages they offer include fresh lemonade and water, food and light snacks, activities like board games, decorations, and a shade teepee if desired. Complete setup and cleanup are also included.

To pull off the perfect romantic picnic, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Choose the right menu. While it's important to pick food that you both really enjoy, avoiding items that are two messy will help with the “romance" part. For example, With the right preparation and seasoning, you can create a delicious turkey breast sandwich that's easy to handle, as opposed to pulled pork barbecue, which can end up all over your shirt if you're not careful. You should also consider avoiding food that's too greasy or too spicy, because indigestion could be a real mood killer!

Be cautious with alcoholic beverages. Taking a bottle of wine or champagne with you on a picnic is definitely a romantic thought. However, call ahead to the locations you are considering to make sure it's allowed. Public parks, for example, have laws prohibiting the consumption of alcohol. Even if you're planning your picnic for a non-public space, it's a good idea to check first.

Don't forget the essentials. An old-fashioned picnic basket will add a note of tradition and warmth to your romantic event. These are available at many retail locations, as well as online. If you can't find a picnic basket, try packing everything with a large, attractive piece of cloth, tying the corners together. The last thing you want to do for this picnic is throw everything into a plastic bag or an old, beat-up backpack. Also, use real silverware instead of plastic utensils, which are just plain tacky for this occasion.

Put some thought into the location. The main reason you're going on a picnic is for the view. Otherwise, you could just as easily eat a sandwich sitting at your kitchen table. Public parks, private gardens open to the public, and beaches are all great places for your romantic picnic. In fact, there are quite a few places near Miami Beach that are perfect, such as:

South Pointe Park
1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133

Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Amelia Earhart Park
401 E 65th St, Hialeah, FL 33013

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
1200 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

A.D. “Doug” Barnes Park
3401 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33155

Tropical Park
7900 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33155

Finally, remember to bring a garbage bag so you can pack up any wrappers or other trash and take it with you. After all, one thing that's definitely not romantic is littering.

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