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Romantic French Style Picnic

Romantic French Style Picnic

Steal away any summer day for a romantic picnic for two listening to music in an outdoor setting or enjoying a day in the country. Or celebrate as the French do with a picnic in the park on Bastille Day, July 14. Food with French flair puts romance in the air.

Tips from the Experts


"To create your own signature blend iced teas, steep different combinations of black and herbal teas in a pot for several minutes; let cool, then transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate."

Ann, Food Content Marketing/Manager - Betty Crocker Kitchens

French Fun
  • Add romantic French music selections to your iPod; check online for best selections.
  • Take a walk together through the flower gardens in the park or at an arboretum. Spread your picnic where you can smell the roses.
  • Read poetry you love to each other.
  • Plan a trip to Paris or the French countryside. Now, that’s romantic.

French Food Presentation

  • Use crisp white serving dishes. Or let the colors of Provence—blues, yellows, green, red—guide your picnic ware choices.
  • Look for Provençal or toile designs for tablecloths and napkins when shopping or at tag sales and flea markets. Use French-style kitchen towels for picnic napkins!
  • Buy French-patterned oilcloth to spread for picnic or use an old pieced quilt.
  • Wire picnic and condiment baskets give French flair and travel well! Olive wood serving pieces are another typical serveware choice.
  • Tie a small hand-arranged flower bouquet with ribbon and tuck it in picnic basket.
Up to 3 Weeks Before
  • Make Orange-Glazed Rosemary-Cranberry Cutouts (do not frost) and Orange Madeleines; wrap and freeze.
  • Shop for additional menu items without recipes—champagne, French or French-style summer wines or nonalcoholic sparkling beverages, crackers or crispy baguette slices for Olive Tapenade and French roast coffee.

The Day Before

  • Make Orange-Glazed Rosemary-Cranberry Cutouts (and frost them) and Orange Madeleines if not already made. (Defrost if already made and frozen; frost the cutouts.)

The Morning Of

  • Chill the champagne.
  • Rinse and dry strawberries for Brown Sugar Strawberries.
  • Make Olive Tapenade; cover and refrigerate.
  • Pack picnic basket with tableware and items not needing refrigeration or last-minute prep.

Last-Minute Prep

  • Finish Brown Sugar Strawberries, by placing yogurt and brown sugar in 2 separate covered containers.
  • Make Chicken-Almond Baguette or Chicken Niçoise Salad Sandwiches
  • Make coffee; place in thermos container.
  • Pack remaining food and beverages in picnic basket or insulated cooler. Keep refrigerated items well-chilled. Check our Food Safety How Tos.