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The Perfect Summer Date–From An Executive Matchmaker

Looking for a fun date idea? How about getting out into the fresh air for a great meal and a lot of relaxation. It’s all in the preparation and here’s what you need to make it a smashing success with just a little effort.

Slow down, step back from your hurried schedule by keeping things simple, easy and relaxing – plain old fun.

Take a week-end or two before your date and look for a picnic basket – either a new one or look into your local thrift shops, they have bargains galore. Don’t want to spring for a new one and can’t find a gently used one, opt for a back pack and small cooler to carry your items in.

Put together your “picnic pack” – these are the items that you’ll wish you had when you don’t – pick up and put together:

  • Ice or frozen cold packs to keep your drinks and food fresh
  • Cloth napkins (always special), real silver ware, salt and pepper, wine glasses
  • Ketchup, mustard, mayo, and sugar – these depend on your food choices
  • A couple of trash bags (one for trash and one for dirty dishes)
  • A wet cloth or two for sticky fingers insect spray and sun screen; a small first-aid kit bottled water

The day of your fun date, drop in on the local farmers market, pick up fresh veggies, fruit, bread, cheese, and a special wine.

Choosing the perfect picnic spot is entirely up to you and what you want your picnic to be (intimate and romantic or quality time with a close friend):

  • At a city park
  • Along a hiking trail
  • Along-side a mountain river
  • Near a lake
  • Maybe your own backyard if you have one

Maybe you’ll want a little music? How about a book or two or maybe cards for a few hands – remember, you’re relaxing… so make plans for what that might mean for your perfect picnic.

Bring along a blanket and maybe an umbrella.

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. ~ John Lubbock

…so spread out your blanket, open up the basket and pour a little wine, put on your favorite CD, and lay back to enjoy the sounds of summer – often times, a perfect way to fall in love.

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