Nick and I have been going for walks in our local park and I decided to share my Ideas for an Affordable Romantic Picnic Date so that you can also take advantage of the nicer weather and get outside with your boo!
Ideas for an Affordable Romantic Picnic Date
Fall may not come to South Florida in a dramatic way as it does in other places, but these cooler temps do allow us to enjoy being outside more often!
With the holiday season in full effect, our finances can be a bit restrained due to holiday shopping and the price that goes along with entertaining our family and friends.
Being in a relatively new relationship (it's been a year, but that still seems so new to me! ha!), I've come to realize how important it is to make time for my partner because dude, it takes real, actual WORK to keep the romance alive - even in a new-ish relationship!
Nick and I are now making a habit of taking walks in our local 200+ acre park, and luckily for us - there is a beautiful lake and lots of picnic benches for us to use when we want to spend a little time outdoors and soak up the scenery.
How to Pack your Picnic
IGLOO Brand Coolers
The first thing you need, of course, is a picnic basket! I opt to use an Igloo cooler, to keep everything nice and fresh. And just my luck, Igloo and Sanrio recently revealed an all-new assortment of Playmate coolers starring a variety of fan-favorite Hello Kitty and Friends characters. I LOVE HELLO KITTY!!
You can never have too many adventures with friends, and now with Igloo's special-edition Sanrio cooler collection, you can bring chilled drinks, snacks and sweets to share for even more fun.
Each of the three designs in Igloo’s expanded Sanrio cooler collection feature fun, colorful and playful custom artwork. The red with rainbow Hello Kitty and Friends School Bus Playmate Elite (16 quarts with a capacity for up to 30 standard 12-ounce cans) incorporates Hello Kitty and many of her most beloved pals.
At a smaller 7 quarts (fits up to 9 cans), the Little Playmate features the cheeky but charming Kuromi™ with sweet and cheerful My Melody™. And as the smallest of the new coolers, the 4-quart Playmate Mini (fits up to 6 cans), comes in green and celebrates everyone’s favorite, happy-go-lucky frog Keroppi™.
“Our new collection with IGLOO perfectly combines our vibrant and iconic characters into a super-functional and adventurous package,” says Jill Koch, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand Management at Sanrio, Inc. “Sanrio is always looking for ways to elevate the everyday and enhance experiences for our fans. We can’t wait to see everyone enjoying this new collection with their closest friends.”
Whatever the plans, you’ll smile a little bigger with these playful designs inspired by Hello Kitty and Friends, including Playmate coolers, stainless steel can tumblers and soft cooler bags.
Available in three sizes, the special-edition collection includes the Hello Kitty and Friends School Bus Playmate Elite, My Melody™ and Kuromi™ Little Playmate and Keroppi™ Donut Pond Playmate Mini; available at igloocoolers.com/sanrio and select styles on sanrio.com.
What to Drink During Your Picnic
Picnic Brunch Canned Cocktails
I recently discovered Picnic Brunch, a brand of canned cocktails that are perfect for having a light drink during the day.
Created in 2017 by brothers Josh and Matt Meyers and friend Chris Romanoski, Picnic Brunch is a canned cocktail line highlighting brunch drinks such as mimosas, bloody marys and bellinis. Picnic Brunch is designed for consumers to enjoy their favorite brunch cocktails on-the-go and hassle-free, and to allow on-premise locations to streamline bar service.
Picnic Brunch is the only brand to focus exclusively on brunch cocktails. Each flavor—The Mimosa, The Bellini and The Bloody Mary-- is wine-based, gluten free, made with natural flavors and 5.5% ABV.
The cocktails are packaged in a 12 oz slim can with gingham print for a vibrant and engaging design.
Picnic Brunch can be purchased in stores in Arkansas, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida, or can be ordered online in 41 different states. Minimum online purchase is a 12 pack for $44.97 and $10.99 shipping. A case of 24 will is also available at $89.94 and $5.99 shipping. Someone with a valid 21+ ID must be present at the time of delivery.
For more information, visit Picnic Brunch at https://www.picnicbrunch.com/ or visit their Instagram @picnicbrunch to see how you can #brunchanywhere.
Jøyus Non Alcoholic Wine
Jøyus is the first non-alcoholic wine created by people that truly and deeply know what it's like not to drink. Jøyus was born as a way to keep the fun, social aspect of drinking without the alcohol.
They managed to provide their customers with the sophisticated, “adult” experience of popping open a bottle with a delicious blend that tastes just as good as any luxury label. The Jøyus mission is simple: help people everywhere on their sober journey.
This is also a great option if you're doing something like Nick and I - just having a quiet picnic in the park - and need to be sober to drive home afterwards.
Maybe that’s for an hour, a night, 9 months, or the rest of your life. No matter how long, no matter the reason, Jøyus's got your back. Jøyus Non Alcoholic Wine Price: $24.99
What to Eat During Your Picnic
LaClare Creamery Goat Cheese
LaClare Creamery partners with local (to them) Wisconsin farmers who produce high-quality goat milk that they quickly and carefully handle from their farms to the LaClare Creamery in order to produce best-in-class cheese by people who truly care.
Known for its clean, fresh tangy profile, the versatile Chevre cheese is like a blank canvas waiting to be transformed into countless creations by adding flavors or pairing it with other foods.
From Goat Cheddar to Goat Mozzarella, these flavorful cheeses make a great addition to any recipe or can be enjoyed as a delicious snack, which is just perfect for your picnic date!
LaClare's Original chevre is not only the go-to for goat cheese connoisseurs; it's a gateway for shoppers that are new to goat cheese. At LaClare, everything is about pursuing perfection in flavor and quality.
Once you experience the fresh, clean flavor of LaClare Creamery, no other goat cheese will compare! Find lots of delicious and easy to prepare recipes here!
Congo Tropicals Plantain Chips
Bring healthy, exotic snacks for your kids with Congo Tropicals’ Plantain Chips. Plantains are sugar-free vegetables found in tropical regions; they are nutritionally high in fiber, potassium, energy, and low in cholesterol.
You can fuel up the healthy alternative to potato chips before your big adventure with Congo Tropicals’ delicious and crunchy snack. They are truly the hidden superfood and contain an abundance vitamins and minerals.
These are also a great option during your road trips to visit family this holiday season, or to pack in your carryon for a mid-flight snack during your travels!
Confetti Snacks by MoonBow Snacks
Confetti Snacks is a new line of veggie chips that ditch the deep fryer but deliver nutrients, crunch, color and flavor galore by up cycling “ugly vegetables.”
These chips are minimally processed and never deep-fried, like other veggie chips and extruded “puff” style snacks. Because they are baked using a low heat method, the nutrients – and the beautiful colors of the carrots, radishes, purple sweet potatoes and mushrooms in the mix – remain vibrant.
But it’s not just about delivering health dividends and looking good. Confetti Snacks are infused with authentic spices and flavors.
Veggie chip flavors include Green Curry, Tandoori Curry, Teriyaki BBQ and Summer Truffle. Mushroom chip flavors include Green Curry, Tandoori Curry and Black Truffle.
You can buy Confetti Snacks at MoonBowSnacks.com!
Liquor Whaaat Cream-Filled Beaver Chocolates
Bringing sophistication (and plenty of adult jokes) to candy, Liquor Whaaat?! are makers of mouth-watering sweet treats like you’ve never seen before.
While the kiddos dig into their stocking for chocolate kisses and small toys, mom and dad can finally have their own version to get into the holiday spirit. The flagship creation launching from the brand is their Cream-Filled Beavers.
While they might look too adorable to eat, you’ll fall in love with the rich, decadent flavors of these creamy beavers. Liquor Whaaat?! blends adult humor and liquor together into one perfectly delicious treat.
They’ve partnered with a renowned Chocolatier whose family has been in the confectionary business for over 200 years! They use the finest Belgian chocolates and freshest cream fillings to craft candies that taste as good as they look.
Liquor Whaaat Price: $17.69 per box
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