How to Prove You are Romantic

Feb 14, 2022

Malibu Picnic Celebrations

By Dr. Ava Cadell

Celebrate your love this year with a memorable intimate picnic for Valentine’s Day!

Whether you’ve been together for years, or just started dating, here are 5 secrets to make your picnic an event that you and your lover will never forget.

  1. Choose Your Romantic Location: When choosing the perfect location for your Valentine’s picnic, it’s all about finding a place where you can both relax and focus on each other without distractions. This will allow you to spend some real quality time with your loved one, whether it’s on the beach, in a park, a scenic lookout, your backyard or a nook in your home. You can choose a favorite location where you have enjoyed time together or choose a new place for a surprise.
  2. Choose your Décor: Setting up your décor includes wearing the right outfit to match your location, such as revealing swimwear, casual clothing or sexy sleepwear. The next step to staging your picnic is choosing the right blanket, which should be waterproof and big enough for both of you to lounge comfortably. Add some fluffy pillows to make it cozy. If you’re going to have a picnic table, you might want a centerpiece such as a framed photo of the two of you or a mini chalkboard with your names or initials inside a heart. For a more elaborate setting, you can get flowers to match your linens, fine flatware and silverware, have a heart made of roses, candles and balloons.
  3. Choose Your Menu: Plan out your menu so that every dish reminds you both of beautiful memories in your relationship. So, if your first date was at a sushi restaurant, order your favorite sushi dishes. Other picnic favorites include, cheese and crackers, a charcuterie plate with selected cold cuts, salads, vegies and dips, cut pieces of fruit, cookies, a box of assorted chocolates and chocolate covered strawberries. All perishable foods should be insulated in a cooler with frozen packs. Other foods and drinks can be kept in your picnic basket. Be sure to take utensils including plates and cutlery, napkins, toothpicks, assorted condiments such as salt and pepper, mayonnaise, salad dressing, ketchup or mustard. Picnic necessities include a bottle opener, wet wipes, hand sanitizer and trash bags.
  4. Choose your Music: A study done by Sonos showed that 67% of couples who listen to music together report having better sex and more intimacy than couples who don’t listen to music together. When listening to music aloud, you and your partner’s brain cells start operating at the same rate, which is called mirror neurons. And that releases the feel-good love hormone oxytocin. So, choose your music playlist that gets you in the mood for romance, then follow with music that ignites your passion and gets your juices flowing.
  5. Choose Your Romantic Games: Take turns blindfolding and feeding each other a variety of foods from your picnic, and reward with a kiss when they guess right. Share a Love List of all the things you love about it each. Exchange Valentine’s Vows that you are prepared to keep for the next year. For example, I promise to give you a massage at least once a month. For more intimate games, I recommend the Sexy Little Book of Sex Games: Surprise Your Lover With Sensual Playtime.
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Dr. Ava Cadell is America’s #1 Sexpert as a Clinical Sexologist, Sex Counselor, Founder of Loveology University & President of the American College of Sexologists International. Author of 9 books including the upcoming Sexycises by Sexperts: Intimacy Through Yoga, Dr. Ava is also a sought after media therapist & global speaker; her mission is to empower people to overcome sexual guilt & shame so they can enjoy the benefits of healthy, sexual relationships. Find her at


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