Dates don’t always have to be pricey. Although a luxurious restaurant seems nice, sometimes it’s way out of your budget. But with a little effort, a few bucks can go a long way. When the climate is just right, not too sunny and not too cold, it’s the perfect time to have an outdoor picnic. Picnics are fun, inexpensive, and rather intimate.
They are good ways to bond with your partner regardless if it’s your first or hundredth date. It allows you both to converse freely without interruptions from servers or other people.
Moreover, you can get a much-needed breath of fresh share with your favorite person. If you don’t know where to begin, here are a few steps you can take to have the perfect outdoor picnic date.
Choose the Ideal Location
Location is one of the most important aspects to ensuring your picnic is as romantic as can be. Although a picnic can take place anywhere, some spots are better than others. For instance, a lakeside picnic is much more serene than one at a bustling park downtown.
Once you decide on the place, it’s time to mark your calendar. Make sure to check the weather ahead of time! The worst thing that can happen is to have your basket packed and ready but can’t leave due to pouring rain. Although, I hear indoor picnics are rather cozy and romantic.
Bring Yummy Snacks and Drinks
This is an excellent time for you and your date to show off your culinary skills. Cook up a full-course meal or bring a few of your favorite snacks to share. Charcuterie boards are incredibly popular right now thanks to social media. Why not try your hand at making one?
If you are traveling far for your picnic or need your drink to stay cold in your basket, tumbler cups are your new best friend. You can pack soft drinks, juice, sparkling cider, champagne, or wine to go along with your food.
Don’t forget to pack the essentials! You will need napkins, plates, and cutlery. Try not to purchase plastic utensils because they make the experience feel a little tacky. We promise you won’t lose any of your silverware.
Tip: Pack aphrodisiac foods, such as chocolate, strawberries, watermelon, and asparagus to get the chemistry flowing between you and your date.
Set the Mood
Adding a bouquet of fresh flowers or battery-powered string lights will create a lovely atmosphere for the two of you. Here are a few more items to set the mood:
- A wireless speaker—Grab a portable speaker and play some music. You two can even slow dance and tune out the rest of the world for a few minutes.
- Candles—If you have a flat surface available, take your go-to scented candles along to the picnic. Be careful if you are going to dry areas like forests. Otherwise, you can purchase a couple of tealight candles.
- Instruments— Playing live music for your date can also liven up the mood. Bonus points for playing their favorite song or composing one of your own.
Don’t Forget a Cozy Blanket
What’s a picnic without a blanket? If you don’t want to use your lush throw blankets, there’s a whole market dedicated to creating blankets for your outdoor adventure. From pocket-sized to waterproof blankets, the possibilities are infinite.
After all, nobody wants to sit on wet grass and stain their favorite pair of pants. Tapestries are also fine to use and the designs on them can liven the atmosphere. Remember to pack a blanket that is big enough for both of you to comfortably sit on. Let the snuggling commence!
Along with blankets, pack a few comfortable pillows to rest your head. All that planning and eating is a lot of work.
Planning a picnic is a walk in the park, right? Even though it’s not a lavish five-star restaurant, you will spend quality time with your date. The most important thing is that the two of you have fun.
At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts. Your significant other will be grateful that you went out of your way to plan this. Make sure to snap pictures! By following this guide, you’re guaranteed to have a perfect picnic.