With the sun shining and life getting a little closer to normal, it’s time to start planning a romantic picnic date! A picnic is the perfect outdoor date because it’s fun, easy to plan, and doesn’t have to be a big deal. All you need is a blanket and bring your food and drinks.
Here’s everything you need to know to impress your date on a picnic like a pro.
It’s where you have your picnic. It’s England, so light rain in the summer is nothing unusual. This is why it’s always a good idea to pick a picnic spot near a shelter. Here’s how to decide where to go on a date.
- Choose a park where you know you will have some protection. Here are some ideas for the best places to picnic in London.
- Even if you choose a spot near a shelter, you should always bring an umbrella. If it does start to rain, your quick thinking will win you some points. It can also provide shade from the sun.
- If it’s going to rain, stay away from large, open parks like Hampstead Heath, Greenwich Park, and Hyde Park.
- If you’re drinking, ensure you’re not too far away from the toilet. You don’t want to break the seal and have to go for a hike to use the bathroom.
The first thing you should do is ask your date if they have any food allergies. Few things can ruin a date, like a medical emergency, so ask ahead of time if they are allergic to nuts, gluten, or any other allergens you might pack.
- Sandwiches are always a good choice, but for a date, you can make a fancier version with high-end ingredients like prosciutto ham, an unusual cheese, olives, etc.
- If you’re packing sandwiches, remember to bring a variety of side dishes, like grapes, apples, and carrots. If it’s going to be cold, try adding chips or cookies to your basket too.
- Fruit salads are easy to make because you have to cut up some fruit ahead of time and put it on top of lettuce leaves with nuts for a crunchy texture. They’re also great because if you pack them right in Tupperware containers, they’ll last longer than cut fruit.
Also, no one needs utensils, so there will be no awkward moments at lunch when people try not to drop their forks and knives while trying not to drop their food.
- Shrimp cocktail – this is an easy dish, so it won’t take up too much space if you pack some carrots or celery. You can make these ahead of time by marinating them in lemon juice and olive oil, then freezing them before putting them in resealable plastic bags. They’ll be ready to eat when you’re ready to eat. Just make sure to include them in a short time.
Remember the plates, napkins, and cutlery. Try to avoid ones made of paper or plastic. You can find adorable picnic sets online.
Your perfect place is one where you can watch a lot of people. You may want a place with a great view of the city or the countryside. Or you might want to enjoy the nice weather or go on a double date. Here are some great places to have a picnic to help you find the perfect spot. Local picnic
Every place has a favourite place to have a picnic. Find a good time to go to your popular local spot and enjoy it.
One of the best dates was a hike through the Rocky Mountains to a beautiful waterfall where you could have a picnic dinner. Getting to see such a unique and beautiful view was worth the hike.
Beach picnics seem to go together. Getting dinner, going to the beach for a romantic picnic, and walking at sunset are unique things to do.
Some people are lucky enough to live near the ocean or in the Rocky Mountains. But no matter where you live, you’re never far from a beautiful place. A picnic is a great way to see the city lights on a date. You might live close to a lake or a canal/riverside. There are many good options and places to find a nice view to set the mood. It’s also worth venturing out to find these idyllic locations.
Why not take your picnic in nature to the next level by going to the botanical gardens in your area for a romantic date night?
This is one of the couple’s favourite things to do on a date when the weather is nice. Find a place where it’s easy to watch the sunset and plan your date so you can enjoy every minute of the sunset.
Your local park probably has a great picnic table setup that makes having a picnic easier and cleaner. We recommend reserving a table with your local parks to ensure you get a great spot and a little privacy.
Guess where one of the most common places to propose is? You’re right if you said roofs. This can happen in many places, but a rooftop makes it more romantic.
Who said you need to pack up and go far? A backyard is an excellent place for a picnic date, and you don’t have to worry about carrying all of your food.
During the pandemic, we learned how fun a picnic in the car could be. These helped us get out of the house for a date night when we couldn’t find a babysitter. This was a fun way to feel like we were out while still next to the baby monitor.
Even when the weather isn’t great, having a picnic inside is still a great idea! Most couples love taking dinner to the living room and eating on a blanket. This is usually done every time a couple watches a movie, and it never gets old.
- The traditional picnic basket includes sandwiches, fruit, cookies, or brownies.
- If it’s hot, put drinks in a cooler with ice packs or an insulated mug if the weather is colder.
- On a sunny day, you can put a picnic blanket under a tree to get shade while still lying in the grass.
- Sports like badminton and or card games like Rummy.
- A big picnic umbrella can be used for shade or rain protection, depending on your needs.
- Along with water bottles and bug spray, just in case, you should also bring sunscreen. If it’s cold, bring sweaters or jackets that go together. If you plan to walk around town afterwards, remember to bring an extra outfit.
- A kit for making first aid.
One of the worst things about summer is all the unwelcome pests who come out to play. One of these is bees. They won’t leave you alone sometimes, but you don’t want to cause a scene on your first date. So, here’s how to get away from a bee attack as elegantly as possible.
- Don’t move at all. This is always hard for us, but they won’t feel the need to get agitated if you’re not making any sudden movements.
- Put your glass or cup down gently – this could be what the bee is attracted to. Move slowly away from nearby sweet foods.
- Stay away from places where bees are likely to be, like pools of water, trash cans, and tall grass.
- Bring foods with smells that make bees stay away, like peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus, and thyme.
- Use bug spray to hide the smell of your perfume, hair products, etc.
Now picture what’s happening. The sun is shining, you are holding your favourite drink, you look great, music is playing, and you’re laughing. Surprisingly, everything is going well. Then you hear it buzzing around your ears.
If dinner and a movie weren’t the classic go-to date, a picnic would be next! And there’s a good reason! There are so many cute ideas for picnic dates. Some are even budget-friendly! It’s a great way to spend quality time together, spice up your relationship, and get closer. It might be the best way to enjoy a meal in a warm setting that makes people want to talk and sparks romance.
You’ll need to get everything from sandwiches and salads to wine and champagne. If this event lasts all day, don’t forget to bring snacks and entertainment.
If you want to bring snacks to a picnic, try packing:
- Chocolate in a heart shape or box
- A mix of nuts and dried fruit is an organic snack that gives off the right vibe without being too much. It keeps well in an airtight container, so you can make it ahead of time if needed.
- Another simple and healthy choice is pita chips and hummus. You can always spice up the pita chips by adding cheese flavourings or seasonings like black pepper, paprika, red wine vinegar, etc., and you can make the hummus more interesting than just plain by adding things like lemon juice, garlic salt, and cayenne powder.
- Peanut butter spread on crackers or rice cakes.
- Grapes, strawberries, and apples (without the skin) for a sweet side of fruit that still has fibre to balance out your snack.
- A charcuterie board with a variety of cheese, cured meat, and fruit.
- Bring fresh lemonade or iced tea in travel mugs if you want to drink something healthy. There are many recipes for these drinks online, and they are easy to make ahead of time.
- You could bring wine, beer, or cider for more luxurious options. Don’t drink anything with more than 5% alcohol because a date is not the time to get drunk.
- You could choose a fancier bottle of light red wine like Beaujolais, an easy Italian rose, or a refreshing white wine like Riesling. Make sure you have a cooler for the white and rose wines. Get glasses that won’t break and have a flat bottom.
- Champagne is another clear and romantic choice for a date, and a cooler is a must in this case too. Bring plastic champagne flutes instead of real ones, which are too fragile for a picnic.
A picnic is the perfect outdoor date because it’s fun, easy to set up, and doesn’t have to be complicated. All you need is a blanket and bring your food and drinks.