Last year for Valentine’s Day, Charles and I went to our local Tex-Mex restaurant, Tequila Grande, and conquered the most gigantic frozen margarita we had ever seen (you can read about that drunk in love time here). This year, Charles and I decided to stay in and have a picnic al (not so) fresco a.k.a. on our living room floor. We’ve both been really busy juggling our careers and school (Charles is working on his master’s degree as well) so this simple date night idea was just the change of pace we needed to unwind over the weekend.
After turning our wall into a heart filled backdrop and getting dressed up for a mini portrait session, Charles and I made our way over to Whole Foods to grab a some grocery items for our picnic. Now I know you’re probably thinking, “Whole Foods? That place is kind of pricey. I thought this date night was supposed to be budget friendly.” And you’re right, Whole Foods is a bit pricey but well worth the investment in the quality of their produce.
Charles and I usually grocery shop at our local Safeway but every once in a while we like to treat ourselves to the Whole Foods experience. You just have to know how to shop at Whole Foods so it doesn’t break the bank. We always make a point to purchase their “365 Everyday Value” brand food products because they’re always priced lower than the other brands on the shelf.
Our picnic grocery shopping list looked a little something like this: wine, cheese, prosciutto, broiche bread, grapes, strawberries, crackers, trail mix and sesame sticks (my guilty pleasure. They make my breath stink but I love them). The bakery also happened to be running a V-Day special on their “small sweets” which meant that we could get 5 small sweets for $5.99 and then get one extra dessert item for free!
While I was over at the bakery picking out our desserts for the night, Charles went in search of some trail mix. Little did I know that he also had a little surprise waiting for me when I met up with him in the nuts aisle (<– that’s what she said)… A bouquet of the most prettyful roses! Definitely not on our list of grocery items but I happily accepted them. :)
^^ Trust me when I say that heart was very necessarily placed lol. I was wearing nude panties which made the “peek a boo crotch shot” looked even more suspect looking than it actually was…
We closed out our picnic with a movie. Charles has been on my case since we met 8 years ago because I had never seen “Boomerang”, which is apparently an Eddie Murphy classic. So that’s what we watched and I must admit, the movie was hilarious. Next on Charles’s list of movies I have to see: Coming to America, House Party, Krush Groove and Friday After Next. If these movies are as good as Charles is hyping them up to be then I can’t wait for our next movie date night because I loooove me comedies. <3
If you’ve never had a picnic on your living room floor, I highly recommend adding it to your list of date night ideas. The idea is so simple in implementation that there’s really no way you can mess it up. Romance is all about taking the ordinary moments and making them extra-ordinary. It’s the thought that counts, not how much money you spend. Don’t you agree?