Looking for fun and romantic picnic date ideas? A picnic can make for a truly romantic date.
It takes things ‘back-to-basics’, there’s no thrills of a fancy restaurant and none of the distractions you would typically come across at home. It’s just the two of you enjoying each other’s company.
Picnic dates are fun, affordable and encourage spending time outdoors. Your picnic can be unique to you, your tastes in food and what location you have available.
How To Plan A Picnic Date
-Check the Weather
Pick a day when then the weather is forecast to be good. Wind and rain can ruin even the most perfect of picnic locations.
-Select Your Spot
Picnics are versatile, with so many venues to choose from. Choose somewhere you both love, whether it’s the beach or even just your own backyard!
-Dress For The Occasion
You want to make an effort and look good for your partner while keeping things practical.
Pick something you can sit down in comfortably- perhaps not a mini skirt! Avoid white, as grass stains are likely.
-Plan The Food
Agree on which foods you would like and make sure you are stocked up in advance.
If you are shopping, include a couple of additional thoughtful surprises to impress your partner.
-Bring Everything You Need
A cooler to give food and drink chilled is essential. You may also want to include a blanket and cushions for extra comfort.
-Add An Activity
What you do during your picnic is entirely up to you. You may wish to just chill in silence or make the most of your alone time to chat.
You could also include an activity such as reading, sports or games.
Bonus points if you try one of these fun couples games:
-Don’t Forget Drinks
Think champagne for romance or cocktails for a fun day out! Beer is an ideal drink for a more chilled-out experience.
If you aren’t drinking alcohol, simply throw some sodas into a cooler, or bring a pitcher of homemade sweet tea, or lemonade.
Romantic Ideas For A Picnic
A picnic doesn’t have to be boring or too simplistic. You can add your own thoughtful and special touches to create a unique date. Here are our picnic date ideas:
The simplicity of a picnic is what can make it a beautiful experience. Try sticking to tradition, by bringing a picnic basket and blanket, and keeping the food fuss-free.
Go for a quiet location if possible. A classic picnic is ideal for a cute, old-school romantic date.
Back Yard Picnic
Having a picnic in your backyard enhances your alone time as you have that extra privacy. That’s why we love backyard dates!
You could make a homemade fort and take your blankets and cushions outdoors.
This option is extra convenient as it takes minimal planning. It’s also handy to have a bathroom and kitchen for food preparation nearby!
Picnic at the Park
Parks are an ideal spot for a picnic. You can often choose a quiet spot with a degree of privacy, but there are still opportunities for people watching!
Many parks have picnic tables too if sitting on the floor isn’t your thing.
There are various picnic sets available online for those looking for a ready-made option.
If you are lucky enough to leave near a beach, it doesn’t get more romantic than a picnic on the sand. One of the best beach dates!
If not, taking a day trip to a beach or having a picnic on vacation can add a bit of extra excitement to your date.
Indulge in some classic beach activities such as swimming, sports or making sandcastles. Don’t forget towels and sunscreen!
There’s nothing quite like a barbeque on a sunny day!
Barbeque foods tend to be much more filling than regular picnic food so this is ideal if you are looking for a more hearty meal.
There are plenty of disposable options if it isn’t practical to have a proper grill in your chosen location.
Bring a cooler full of your favorite foods and plenty of beers for this relaxing picnic.
Having a picnic indoors adds an extra twist to dinner! And it makes for a great rainy day date.
Mix up your routine by setting up a picnic area in your living room, with all the trades of a classic picnic such as blankets on the floor.
Indoor picnics are ideal for convenience or when the weather isn’t great.
This date gives you ultimate privacy and alone time.
Make the most of it by having a deeper conversation with your partner. Try a game or any of our conversational couples questions games if you are looking for inspiration.
For those with an arty side, looking to add an activity to their picnic, a painting picnic may be for you!
Pick a location with attractive scenery and create your own paintings of the landscape.
If you are struggling venue-wise you can add a different twist and paint portraits of each other.
Just try not to get offended if the end results aren’t too flattering!
Make it your own DIY Couples Paint Date! A painting date will give you a fun memory while exploring your creative sides and getting to know each other on a deeper level.
For a different take on the classic picnic, surprise each other with a dish you have made yourselves.
One of you could be in charge of a savoury dish, while the other brings along a dessert.
This is a great way of showing each other thoughtfulness and trying something a little different to traditional picnic foods.
Whatever you choose, spending time together doing one of these fun picnic date ideas that you don’t typically do, can make for some good memories.
Don’t forget to grab your camera, some of your favorite food, and your favorite date!
Sara, a seasoned expert in wedding planning and date ideas, brings a wealth of experience to our couples blog. With a background in the television industry and hands-on involvement in a dozen weddings, including working as a wedding assistant on "My Fair Wedding with David Tutera," Sara has an innate understanding of the magic that makes weddings truly special. Growing up with four sisters has given her unique insights into the dating world, making her a go-to source for practical and heartfelt dating advice. Her knowledge and enthusiasm make her the perfect guide for couples seeking to infuse their relationships with creativity and love.