Oh, the nights can be dark and the days dreary. A little flicker of candle light strengthens the spirit, I think.
If venturing on a picnic, even if not farther than one's own backyard, why not bring a candle along? A cup of hot chocolate or coffee from the thermos becomes a wee bit more festive in candle light.
A sturdy jam jar with a metal lid is a handy container for a picnic candle.
Don't forget the matches, though.