Romantic Sunset Picnic….With Three Children!!

Our little lady goes to Sjöscoutkåren on a Tuesday, out on an island with an amazing view.  Dadda attends the free government run Swedish lessons in the evenings, so the mini men have to tag along in their PJ’s starting their night’s sleep in the car.  So with sunset now occurring an hour before Sjöscoutkåren, what better way to celebrate Alla Hjärtans Dag (Valentine’s Day) than with a sunset picnic.  We lit a fire in the fire pit to keep us warm, we watched the sky change through a rainbow of colours, we listened to the bird song as they started to roost at dusk, we got to see a few murmurations, and we got to see the stars come out and spot a few constellations.  It was only -2°C, there was no wind, and this sunset picnic was a perfect end to the day 🙂

For our sunset picnic I had made heart shaped sandwiches, served with a side order of jam croissants, and heart shaped Swedish biscuits (pepparkakor).  I had also taken a table runner and a nice candle (that would stay lit outdoors!) to make it a really special sunset picnic. I wouldn’t normally be quite so extravagant outdoors, especially as I usually have to lug it up some hill!  I completely forgot their fruit (bad mummy moment!!) but I did totally remember the marshmallows 🙂  I had taken flasks of hot squash and hot chocolate with us as well.

With the fire lit, we needed to put it to good use toasting some yummy marshmallows.  Always a favourite.  The stars were starting to come out by now and Venus was shining brightly.  The children were trying to get snowballs to reach the sea, and we were treated to huge murmurations of birds.  Eventually it was time to dampen the embers and head off to Sjöscoutkåren, but everyone was very chilled and happy having had their sunset picnic outdoors, listening to and watching a natural spectacle or two 🙂

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  1. Goregous photos what a lovely idea about doing a sunset picnic

  2. oh what a lovely thing to do. i love campfires. Could be a fun tradition to start!

  3. Oh how lovely, a romantic picnic and with snow!

  4. Oh this looks so lovely – what an idyllic way to celebrate together. Kaz 🙂

  5. This looks and sounds absolutely wonderful. Looks like you like near a gorgeous place!

  6. Wow, everything about this is my perfect Valentine’s evening, even the kids! Snowballs, firepit, water, candles, Wildlife, sunset and love. I’m going to have to visit that place. Best Valentine post I’ve read. We planned a family dinner too though our little one wasn’t well so it ended up a takeaway carpet picnic before an early night! #CountryKids

  7. This looks absolutely beautiful and really lovely to do it with the kids:) #CountryKids

  8. I so enjoyed reading this post. I could just imagine being there! #countrykidsfun

  9. Aaaw what a lovely idea and what stunning photos you took x x

  10. I don’t like to celebrate Valentine’s day, feeling it is a made up event, however I could quite easily break with this tradition to enjoy your hear shaped sandwiches and sunset picnic. It looks so beautiful, romantic and the perfect togetherness of family life. What amazing memories you are creating for your children. This post makes me want to wrap up and lite a campfire myself.

    • ah thankyou…here it is called alla hjärtens dag which means all hearts day and is more about kindness for everyone…there are cards but it is not over commercialised so it’s a lot easier to like it 🙂 Our celebration was more about our family love 🙂

  11. What a beautiful way to have a picnic, the sunset is just stunning #CountryKids

  12. The sunset picnic looks so lovely, what a wonderful idea!

  13. This is hands down the best outdoor Valentine’s picnic I’ve ever seen. What a perfect evening. I’m sure they didn’t mind you forgetting the fruit, but remembering the marshmallows. Childhood memories being made. #CountryKids

  14. WOW!! I love the photos. IT looks so peaceful.

    Coming over from #CountryKids 🙂

  15. Absolutely stunning photos. I have never had a sunset picnic before so I’m going to try that (when it’s warmer!) #countrykids

  16. What a beautiful experience. I can’t think of a better way to spend Valentine’s Day. I love how you say it was only -2! We’re such wimps in the UK that would be very cold indeed!

  17. Fabulous idea! I love how you say that it was only -2°C! You have very much acclimatised to your new home country!
    Lovely photos too x

  18. What a beautiful way to spend Valentines Day, its perfect! This would be a dream experience for me. #CountryKids

  19. What gorgeous photos of your sunset picnic and what a lovely thing to do on Valentine’s Day. I loved that you mentioned that it was “only -2’C” – over here -2 is really cold and I couldn’t imagine having a picnic outdoors! Just goes to show that as long as you wrap up nice and warm, there is no reason not to have fun outside 🙂 #countrykids

    • I totally agree and that’s what my blog is all about…even with three little ones, freezing weather and knee deep snow you can still get out and enjoy the outdoors 🙂

  20. I LOVE this!! What a wonderful thing to do. What a wonderful atmosphere and a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day together.

  21. Anne

    That looks absolutely amazing, I’d love to do something like that. I’ve just found your blog through #CountryKids and now I’ll be following your story. I will enjoy finding out about your life in Sweden.

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