A picnic date 

Picnics are an easy way to spend time outside with someone special. You can select a remote picnic destination on the weekends or spread out in your own backyard for a weeknight meal.  

Wondering what you’ll need for your own charming and unforgettable picnic? Craft your own unique experience by planning ahead with some cute and fun picnic ideas. 

What to bring on a picnic date

Your options for romantic picnic plans are virtually limitless, but be sure to start by grabbing the basics. 

Deep Woods Bug Spray & Mosquito Repellent

Depending on what time of year it is, bug spray may be necessary. This is especially vital if you’re picnicking somewhere in the woods. Even if it’s cool outside, bring sunscreen for UV protection. Be sure to also pack travel hand sanitizer to clean your hands before eating.

4 Sets Bamboo Travel Utensils Set

Cutlery is another essential. Grab a set of travel utensils and for a fancier experience, avoid plastic cutlery. A set of wheat straw dinner plates feels more luxurious than plastic and won’t break like ceramic will. And don’t forget to bring the napkins! Linen works well for picnics

Tritan stemless wine glasses

For beverages, check the restrictions of where you’ll have your picnic. Some places do not allow glass or open containers of alcohol. Opt for a set of Tritan stemless wine glasses, which look like glass but won’t break.  

Women's Straw Handbags Large Summer Beach Tote

Carry your supplies in a large woven tote or a classic picnic basket.

Where to go for a picnic 

Whether you live in a city, a suburb or somewhere rural, finding a spot that feels secluded and comfortable will turn your picnic date from an ordinary meal into a personal and memorable experience. 

If you plan to have your picnic in a public park, try to find someplace to sit away from others. Alternatively, sit near a fountain or other water element to cancel out the noise of other’s conversations and make you and your date feel more private. 

If you don’t have access to a park nearby, think of local outdoor areas you can walk or drive to, like lakes, beaches, drive-in theaters or hiking trails. Part of the fun of a picnic can be exploring a new place. 

If all else fails, bring the whimsy of a picnic to your own backyard. The benefits? Zero travel time and lots of privacy. 

How to make a picnic romantic 

To take your picnic to the next level, plan some romantic details. 

flameless candles

Pick up a bouquet of roses, a box of chocolates or some flameless candles

Martinelli's Gold Medal Sparkling Cider

A bottle of wine is a nice touch if you’re picnicking somewhere where alcohol is permitted. If not, opt for sparkling cider instead, and sip it in champagne flutes for added flair.

Picnic date blankets

Sitting on a picnic blanket is non-negotiable for comfort.

Extra Large Picnic & Beach Blanket

If you’re going for a whimsical, fun vibe, select a blanket with bright tones and patterns. Otherwise, you can go for a classic checkered blanket or a beige blanket. For added comfort, bring a few floor cushions.

Picnic date food

If you think picnics are limited to bagged sandwiches, apples and lemonade, think again. There’s no reason your picnic can’t be a fine dining experience.

Treat your date to a special occasion by creating gourmet dishes with high-end ingredients. Be sure to choose foods that are easy to eat to keep the picnic mess-free.

There are plenty of recipes that are both portable, snackable and luxe, including: 

  • Mini quiches
  • Bruschetta 
  • Salami, olives and provolone 
  • Grapes, figs and dark chocolate
  • Caprese salad 
  • Prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe 

CleverMade Collapsible Cooler Bag

Transport your gourmet picnic meal in an insulated cooler to keep it chilled, fresh and safe.  

bubly Sparkling Water

Pair your picnic meal with your favorite beverage, like sparkling water, sangria or chilled tea. Hibiscus passion tea tastes great and has a stunning magenta color.

Create a charcuterie spread 

Charcuterie boards look great, taste fantastic, are easy to make and offer endless possible variations.

Beautiful Boards

Plan the perfect picnic charcuterie board by flipping through a charcuterie inspiration book. A typical board will consist of curated foods like cheese, crackers, fruit, cured meats and nuts.

Filippo Berio Classic Basil Pesto

Want to get even more creative with your board? Try making Caprese skewers by alternating cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, basil and a drizzle of pesto on a skewer stick. Who knew finger foods could be so upscale?

Bring your own entertainment

Lying out on a blanket with your significant other snacking and sipping something fizzy under the stars while watching a movie or listening to some music is about as picturesque as a date could possibly be.  

Bose SoundLink Color II

Bring a portable speaker to set the mood with your own tunes. Just be sure not to bother any other picnickers around you, who may not wish to hear music.

Ceeya Portable Charger 26800mAh Power Bank

Create your own outdoor movie night by bringing your laptop and portable charger along with you. Be sure to download a movie beforehand if you won’t have access to WiFi.

Top picks for the perfect picnic date

Apollo Walker Picnic Bag for 2 People

Apollo Walker Picnic Bag for 2 People

What you need to know: This all-in-one picnic backpack features a detachable wine holder, cooler compartment, fleece blanket and full dining set. 

What you’ll love: This set includes everything you’ll need for a picnic date in an easy-to-carry package. Padded straps provide additional comfort and multiple storage compartments make it easy to stay organized. 

What you should consider: This set costs more than others.

Where to buy: Sold by Amazon

Smirly Cheese Wood Charcuterie Board and Knife Set

Smirly Cheese Wood Charcuterie Board and Knife Set

What you need to know: Smirly makes a great serving board for cheese, meats, fruit, and nuts that has more than five serving sections.  

What you’ll love: This wood charcuterie set includes a matching bamboo serving board, perfect for inspired cheese board spreads. It also features extra drawers for garnishes and cheese cutlery. 

What you should consider: This set is a bit bulky, so you’ll need to plan ahead for how you’ll transport the set and assemble your board on site at the picnic. 

Where to buy: Sold by Amazon

Folding Wicker Picnic Set

Folding Wicker Picnic Set

What you need to know: Ceramic plates, cutlery and wine glasses for up to four people are all included in this durable, classic picnic set. 

What you’ll love: This set features stainless steel cutlery, ceramic plates, cloth napkins, a bottle opener and salt and pepper shakers. It has received high reviews for its durability and high quality materials. 

What you should consider: The included picnic blanket is nice, but not as comfortable as a larger, thicker blanket purchased separately would be. 

Where to buy: Sold by Amazon


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