How To Have A Romantic Indoor Valentine Picnic
Valentine's Day Romantic Ideas
It’s that time of year again – when we try to come up with something totally unique and wonderfully romantic to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I thought long and hard about it this year in particular as I’ve spent 35 years now with the same man and sometimes it can be a challenge to come up with something ‘new and delightful’ but I think I finally found this year’s main event.
In celebrating anything, I think you need to consider many factors such as opportunity, cost, and convenience to name a few. There are many reasons why one thing will work for one couple and then not for another at any given time. However, I think this idea could work for anyone and can be modified in hundreds of different ways – just let your imagination be your guide and fit it to your own personal set of circumstances. Did I forget to mention what my idea was?
As you probably can tell by the title, I am going with the indoor picnic as my Valentine’s Day plan this year and hoping that Bob will be on board with it as well! It seems to fit our circumstances this year as we both tire of the traditional dinner out amongst a crowd of many and a get-away weekend does not seem in the cards this year since we have a new puppy. The main reason in my opinion to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to remember each other and remember the passion that brought you together in the first place. This idea seems to fit that bill quite nicely for us this year.
You can be as fancy as to pack a picnic basket or you can simply just assemble a ‘love nest’ picnic area for the two of you – preferably in front of a roaring fire. If you don’t have a fireplace, don’t try to make a fire! That might spoil the mood. Instead, substitute lots and lots of candles. Add lots of pillows for extra relaxation and add some romantic music in the background for ambiance. Don’t answer the phone unless you feel you absolutely have to – and don’t answer the door, again unless you feel it is imperative. Set aside lots of time to devote to just the two of you and rekindling what Valentine’s Day is all about – romance.
For any picnic to be a picnic you must have food and my idea for the main part of the menu will be Roasted Chicken. You can serve it cold or hot and a wonderful Riesling or Chardonnay would make an excellent accompaniment along with various soft cheeses and crackers. Also serve it with some grapes and fresh fruit as they will make excellent finger foods that you can share with each other. Another option would be to use the chicken for small sandwiches or do small pita bread sandwiches. Assemble ingredients on a plate and build each individually. Grilled potatoes or vegetables or some other kind of finger food to go along with the chicken or sandwiches would work well. I chose for dessert molten chocolate cakes that are baked individually. As a quick substitute, chocolate-covered strawberries would be the ‘usual fare’ and are delightful any time for romance but the molten chocolate cakes are a favorite for my boy so decided to go with that!
For any picnic, you must have 'entertainment' and a romantic indoor picnic is no exception. Adding romantic music is the first step in setting the mood but there are other things you can do on your romantic picnic to make it memorable. Here are some of my ideas.
- Make out - you remember how - we all do! Slow, deep kisses that make your head swim and get things started in the right direction. Take your time and don't let it lead anywhere - yes, that's right - no instant gratification! Savor the moment and the sweetness of just kissing and lighting the fire
- Talk and laugh - just relax and eat slowly - savor the time you have together and express yourself about things you normally don't talk about. Leave out problem areas or sore spots that will perhaps change the atmosphere to an argumentative one - there is plenty of time in our lives for troubles. Remember that this picnic is for love
- Take time between eating and enjoying each other's company to take a bubble bath together - again with more candles and perhaps scented bath salts or bubble bath. Wash each other gently and again - more kissing. Dry each other off gently and wrap each other in bath sheets
- Give each other a sensuous and thorough body massage. It works best with massage oils and you can buy scented or unscented. Again, take your time and stop for a minute or two to eat a few grapes or feed each other a strawberry but make the massage heavenly for each other. Focus on what seems to make the other person feel the most and relax the best
- Now that you are all fuzzy and relaxed, you can even enjoy a slow dance or just enjoy each other's company, watch the fire or start one of your own! I like the idea of deviating from the 'norm' and doing something outside the box. Especially if you are in your usual environs, it is really essential to make it 'different' and memorable
Some More Ideas:
- There is nothing wrong with dressing up - or dressing down. Fantasies are part of many people's passion and as long as they are beneficial to BOTH parties, there is no harm in them. Dressing or undressing someone can be the ultimate passion-fueling exercise
- Buy a sex game and play it together. Even without a sex game per se, you can play strip poker and enjoy yourselves
- Buy or rent an erotic movie and watch it together. There are some very tasteful movies that can add that added spark sometimes and again, as long as it is mutually agreed upon by both people, it can be very tantalizing
- Give each other an unusual gift - perhaps a book on making love or doing things differently. It doesn't have to be a book on bondage or something (unless you happen to be into that!). You can find all kinds of books and/or videos on how to improve your sexual life without being demeaning to one or the other partner. Sometimes looking at things from a different perspective or learning new ways to do things makes it more enjoyable for both parties
- Make up your own game with slips of paper - each of you write down different things you want the other person to do to them in the here and now and put them all in a container, shake them up and then draw them one at a time. Have fun with it!
- Just enjoy each other - talk, laugh, eat, make love and if you have the stamina, do it all over again! Life is short and too soon, the realities of the world come crashing back at us so I always enjoy the little windows of time Bob and I have together because it makes facing those realities a little easier afterwards
Lastly, it is not what you do per se on Valentine's Day that matters - it is how you do it. Have an indoor picnic, have an outdoor picnic (only if you do - you may need to cut some of the above things out or get arrested), go out to dinner or go away for a totally romantic weekend. Just remember to enjoy each other for every moment that you have and remember why you are there together - out of love.
Be spontaneous - don't forget what it's like to just do something because you can! Something as simple as telling someone on the way driving to the romantic destination that oops - you just happened to not put on your Victoria's Secrets and you just happen to have a dress on can bring you wonderful results! Life is meant to enjoy and being in love is one of the greatest gifts - on Valentine's Day or any day of your life - so do it. Be in love and be loved - Happiest of Valentine's Days!
From the kitchens at Epicurious.com - I don't think I'm going to change a thing except the herb!
- 1 4-1/2 to 5-pound roasting chicken
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/2 teaspoon dried summery savory (I will substitute sage)
- Combine the lemon juice, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, marjoram and savory (or sage) in the blender and blend until garlic is finely chopped. Put this mixture in a large bowl or a turkey bag.
- Marinate chicken in the bowl or bag overnight in the refrigerator, breast side down.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place rack in roasting pan.
- Remove chicken from the marinade, reserving marinade.
- Place chicken on rack in roasting pan and season if desired with salt and pepper.
- Roast in oven until chicken is cooked through and measures 170-180 degrees (breast/thighs) - about 1 hour 20 minutes, basting occasionally with the marinade.
Mini-Molten Chocolate Cakes
Makes 6 - recipe from Foodnetwork.com
- 7-1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate coarsely chopped
- 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into large pieces
- 3 large eggs
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 5 tablespoons flour, sifted
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Butter and flour (or use Pam baking spray) six 6-ounce custard cups or ramekins.
- Place 5-1/2 ounces of the chocolate and the butter in a metal bowl and set it over a pan of simmering water. Stir until melted and smooth. Cool slightly.
- Using mixer with whisk attachment, beat eggs, yolks and sugar at medium high speed until pale and thick - about 10 minutes.
- Reduce speed and gradually mix in the flour.
- Add the chocolate mixture to the flour mixture and continue to beat until thick and glossy - about 5 minutes.
- Divide half of the mixture among the prepared custard cups.
- Divide the remaining 2 ounces of coarsely chopped chocolate among the 6 custard cups, placing the chunks in the very center of the chocolate mixture (about 1 tablespoon of chopped chocolate per custard cup).
- Top then with the rest of the batter divided between the 6 custard cups.
- Bake until the cake is set around the edges but the center is still jiggling slightly when the cup is moved - about 12 minutes. Cool slightly but no more than 5 minutes.
- Run a sharp knife around the edges of the cups. Turn the cake onto plate and serve.
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