Gentleman’s Goal: Take a Woman on a Picnic Within the Next Two Weeks

It has been said that variety is the spice of life. Keeping things fresh and exciting is a challenge, and sometimes coming up with the right idea for a special day with your lady is no picnic. Unless, of course, you take her on a picnic, which you should totally do. We challenge you to finally take that girl on a much-deserved, overdue picnic within two weeks. Will you accept?


It has been said that variety is the spice of life. Keeping things fresh and exciting is a challenge, and sometimes coming up with the right idea for a special day with your lady is no picnic. Unless, of course, you take her on a picnic, which you should totally do. A well-planned picnic is the perfect way to spend a lovely summer day with your lovely lady, and if you are like most people, you cannot remember the last time you actually went on a picnic.

Therefore, the lads and gals here at Primer present you with this Gentleman’s Goal: Take a Woman on a Picnic Within the Next Two Weeks.

Three things matter when planning the perfect picnic: the menu, the setting, and the tools of the trade. Get these three right, and you are smooth sailing. Miss the ball on one, and your picnic is in danger of sucking. So give yourself some planning time. This goal gives you two weeks, spend week one on preparation.

Let’s break it down:

The Menu

Picnic food should be simple, light, and fun, just like a summer day. Find a decent salad recipe, like this Grilled Chicken-Avocado Caprese Salad from BrokeAss Gourmet. Something that is quick and easy to make and serve later. Pair it with crusty bread and some dipping oil and a Sauvignon Blanc. The idea is to pull a gourmet meal out of a basket with little effort. On the subject of baskets…

The Tools of the Trade

Yogi Bear can attest to the value of a good “pic-a-nic basket.” Well, we do one better than Yogi with the Picnic Time Toluca Insulated Picnic Pack. This has everything you need: plates, utensils, shatter-proof wine glasses while also serving as a cooler. Well worth the $30 you can find it for online. You can also find special picnic blankets lined with plastic on one side to protect your date from a damp ground.

The Setting

You could get the menu and tools perfect, but without the right setting, you will endure a picnic fail. To avoid that, do some location scouting. In your lady’s mind, the ideal picnic spot is on a hill over looking a park where children play by the lake. Try to find a spot with a measure of privacy where you can still do a bit of people watching. Don’t forget to keep tabs on the weather forecast, and no matter what the weatherman says, have a Plan B in case of rain.

With a little foresight, this could be the best date you go on this year. So get to work, and at some point in the next two weeks, be a true gentleman and take your lady out on a picnic. Leave us comments here to let us know how it went, and happy picnicking!


Patrick is a jack of all trades currently based in Philadelphia. Not one for sitting still, he fills his free time with writing, photography, and traveling. You can find more from Patrick on his blog: http://thewhatzine.blogspot.com/.

  • Jason

    Whoa, very cool idea! I’m going to do this.

  • Delta

    Sounds good on paper and in the movies.

    The thing that they dont mention are the freakin nats and flies that buzz around you and the food. Kind of kills the mood

  • http://www.gameexample.com/ Sue

    Wow, the food looks so delicious. Your are so nice!

  • Kyle

    Gentleman’s Goal! Love it! I’m tackling this one and hope to see more.

  • MKT

    Super idea. As for the bugs, citronella candles are cheap and they smell good!

  • Steve

    What if I did it last week? Does it still count?

  • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew


    No. That does not count. Ok, ok, it half counts. OK fine, I’ll give you full credit. Good job gentleman! :)

  • Patrick

    Bugs can be an issue, but time of day and location go along way with that. Some well-kept grass away from still water with a little help from bug spray could go a long way.

    Also, kudos to Steve for already having a picnic. How did it go?

  • clan

    bug spray is annoying and smells bad, makes you feel all sticky. I would recommend citronella candles, the kind you get in a bucket. they get rid of the bugs with no nasty chemicals on your skin.

    Also, does anyone else think that basket looks like a mom should be toting it around?

    I like this one alot, but its too expensive: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SIJB8E/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=primer05-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=B002SIJB8E

    this one is more reasonable:

    And I can attest that you get major brownie points for picnics. Just try to bring food that is easy to eat and is not too messy. I would recommend fresh fruit!

  • http://www.theygentleman.blogspot.com Zachary

    Fantastic advice! I did this before and we had a great time. No bugs, no problems. Just some great finger food. One great idea (well I’ve decided its great because I liked it) was to set the mood with music and pictures. If you play music on your laptop you can also put a picture of a monument and its like you’re picnicking before it. Corny but fun.

    Also real plates and bowls makes all the difference. No one wants to fuss with paper plates getting wet or folding.

  • http://fractionationseduction.org Thomas

    Bugs are irritating! Good suggestion there by Clan – bring along some scented candles for extra credit.

    Make another blog post on how the picnic went, Steven. :)

  • Tom

    BTW @Delta: it won’t kill the mood if you know what you’re doing. Bugs should be the least of your worries.

  • http://femaleloophole.org Frank

    Simple dates often work the best – we men tend to over-complicate things! No-fringe dates are the most effective – personal opinion. :)

  • http://thewhatzine.blogspot.com/ Patrick

    Here’s a recap of how the picnic date went (Spoiler Alert – it was awesome): http://thewhatzine.blogspot.com/2011/08/gentlemans-goal-accomplished.html

  • themodestman

    You know what’s a great/easy way to do this? Go to a Trader Joe’s or Harris Teater (or whatever grocery store) and get a baguette, some sun dried tomatoes and/or olives, pesto spread and a bottle of wine. This will run you about $15 total. Bring one plate, one knife, two glasses and two napkins (and a blanket).

    Guaranteed awesome time. (Just don’t, you know, say the wrong things.)


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