♫♪ Sweet fruit in champagne and bread sliced with cheeses. Date night with lover sat upon a blanket. Beautiful scene underneath a big tree. These are a few of my favorite things…for a picnic! ♪♫
Yep…that just happened, and it was awesome! So is the thrift store picnic basket that I bought 5 years ago that I’ve never had the chance to use up until now. It’s been sitting in the trunk of my car for half a decade, waiting for me to fill it up with goodies and take it out on an adventure! I finally decided it was the perfect time to plan a little picnic date night for me and Petey.
To fill up the basket, I took a trip to a boutique food market down the street that sells the finest, most organic, unprocessed, GMO free, highest quality selection of gourmet meats, cheeses, and bread. My all time favorite: Kroger. In all seriousness, the Kroger by our house carries the BEST cheese I’ve ever had in my life, Espresso Bellavitano. We always have a small block in the fridge when I need a quick snack…with wine and pita chips.
I grabbed some other cheeses, snacks, meat for the meat-eater (Petey), fruits for the vegetarian (me!), and our favorite Moscato, Caposaldo Sparkling Peach. Which by the way, we just discovered on our hot air balloon ride last week. We can never agree on a drink to share so we always end up buying me dry, red wine and him super sweet cider. We finally found the perfect happy medium!
We tossed all the picnic essentials in the basket, grabbed a blanket, and found the perfect little spot under a perfect big tree…in our backyard, ’cause why the hell not? No traveling, no public intoxication in a park, a romantic citronella candle, and a house for me to run into in case a bug scared me.
A simple date night filled with yummy food, bubbly, and laughter. Nothing better than that! And we didn’t have to break the bank, either. To add to the fun, I put together some of our favorite songs on a Spotify playlist and played them on my phone without having to use up any data because we were still within our wi-fi’s range. Ha!
Best. Night. Ever.