Last year, for the first time, I tried an alternative Valentine’s Day idea….I made it more about family (well Dadda was still at work, but it included the children!), and we headed out to an island with an amazing view for a sunset picnic. With sunset still occurring early enough during the winter, there is no danger of missing bedtimes 😉 !! So 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 🙂
Some Simple Food Ideas For A Valentine’s Day Picnic:
The last thing you want to be doing for your Valentine’s Day picnic is going all out with the food so you can’t enjoy the experience and magic of the moment as well. You need to keep it themed but simple.
- For our sunset picnic I had made heart shaped sandwiches (using a biscuit/cookie cutter).
- I served these with a side order of jam croissants.
- They were accompanied by heart shaped Swedish biscuits (pepparkakor).
- For drinks we had a flask of hot chocolate and a flask of hot squash.
I had also taken a table runner and a nice candle (that would stay lit outdoors!) to make it a really special cosy sunset picnic. I wouldn’t normally be quite so extravagant with extras 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 🙂
With the fire lit (we didn’t need it to cook for once, but it added warmth and awesomeness to the experience), 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, but everyone was very chilled and happy having had their sunset picnic outdoors, listening to and watching a natural spectacle or two 🙂 What better way to experience Valentine’s Day together?!