Picnic Date Ideas

Welcome to your comprehensive list of ideas to make your picnic date unforgettable. 

The most important thing is to choose a romantic location with some privacy and a good view. On top of that, make an effort by bringing a wide selection of food and drinks.  

Read on for some more tips, tricks and ideas to make your picnic date go as smoothly as possible. 

1. Picnics Are Best In Warm Weather

If it’s too cold or wet, it’s going to be really difficult for you to enjoy your picnic, no matter how much effort you put into it. You and your date could be huge lovers of picnics; it’ll still be a struggle to have a good time when you’ve shivering or dripping wet.

If it does become too cold or wet for a picnic, you should have a Plan B in mind for your date.

2. Choose A Romantic Location 

Picnics can be a really romantic date idea, but only if it’s set in a romantic location. Ideally, you want nice (or at least comfortable) weather and a bit of privacy. A great view, somewhere in nature or a local park is imperative too. You don’t really want the noise of traffic or urban activity spoiling the vibe.  

3. What Is Good Food To Bring On A Picnic? 

Most people bring food that doesn’t need to be cooked and is easy to transport without it going bad or spilling.

Consider: 

  • fruits;
  • olives;
  • salads;
  • crisps;
  • vegetables and dips;
  • sandwiches;
  • salads;
  • quiches;
  • cold meats; 
  • cheese and crackers;
  • sushi;
  • cookies;
  • candy;
  • chocolate;
  • something to drink.

Most probably, it’s a good idea to speak with your date about what food you’re going to bring, in case they have allergies or specific dietary requirements. 

4. What Are The Other Essentials To Bring On A Picnic Date? 

Here are some other items that will help to make your picnic date go more smoothly. 

  • A rucksack or picnic basket to carry your food. Plastic bags from the supermarket just don’t have that romantic vibe you’re looking for, plus they could break if you’ve brought too much food. 
  • A large blanket to sit on. You might be OK sitting on the grass or the beach, but your date might not feel as easy about getting their clothes scruffy. So bring a blanket, and make sure it’s big enough to fit two people. 
  • A bluetooth speaker to play some music. Music can help set the mood of a date, and make any silences that occur less awkward. Sure, you can blast Spotify from your phone’s speakers, but a quality Bluetooth speaker adds an extra touch of class.  
  • A corkscrew or bottle opener. Don’t fall into the trap of bringing a bottle of wine or beers that are impossible for you to open.
  • Plates. Whether they’re paper plates or some dishes borrowed from your kitchen, you’ll need something to eat your food off.  
  • Glasses. Drinking from the bottle isn’t everyone’s idea of a classy and sophisticated date.
  • Napkins. It’s no good going for a smooch or trying to fool around on the picnic blanket with messy hands and face. It’s not a good look to be that person who wipes the mess on their clothes either.
  • Breath mints. It’s a great shout to bring these on any date, just in case. They’re arguably a must-have on a picnic, where one or both of you might be paranoid about the smell of the food they’ve just eaten.

Other useful items could include sunglasses, suncream, fly spray and litter bags.   

5. Make An Effort

No matter what type of date you go on, the other person will surely like to see you making an effort for them.

If you’re the one that buys the food and brings the other essentials, that’s a great start. A picnic date is one of the more original ideas. 

But, perhaps you might want to go one step further by making some of the foods from scratch. How about a homemade salad, quiche or a dessert?   

6. Ask Your Date To Bring Something

Yes, it’s romantic to be the one that treats your date to an experience that you organised. However, it’s also a good idea to ask your date to bring at least one thing. 

Maybe you prepare all the food and they bring wine. Perhaps you ask them to bring a blanket. When you ask them to make even the tiniest contribution to the date, it helps them feel more invested in it – and therefore in you.

7. Alcohol

There’s something about a decent bottle of wine that makes a picnic date seem more classy and sophisticated.

Alcohol helps people to loosen their nerves on a first date, and that’s part of why bar dates are so popular. 

So, don’t skimp on drinks when arranging your picnic – and remember to bring enough glasses.

If you finish the wine, it makes a perfect excuse to go back to yours to open another bottle. 

8. What To Wear To A Picnic Date? 

Stuck for ideas on your date outfit? We’ve created this guide which is stacked with ideas.

You might think it’s OK to dress casually on a picnic date – and it is! But, for that reason, you’ll blow them away even more by making an effort with your outfit. 

Consider texting them the following the day before your date: “Dress nice so we match 😉 ”.

If you then turn up in a suit or your best summer dress, it’ll add that extra bit of magic to the date. 

It’s also a good idea to be prepared for the date to continue into the evening. In most parts of the world, that means bringing a nice jacket.

9. Small Board Games Or Card Games Can Be Great For Picnic Dates.

The point of a date is to get to know each other.

Still, if you’re someone who struggles to hold a conversation or ‘runs out of things to say’ on dates, you might be used to organising dates where there’s a significant amount of entertainment, like a concert or a movie.

On a picnic date, there’s unlikely to be too much of that. If you’re the type of person who worries about holding a lengthy conversation on a first date, you might want to consider packing some small games in your picnic basket.

How about Jenga? Uno? Or a pack of normal playing cards? This can help ensure that there’s not so much pressure placed on the conversation. You can focus on the game when you can’t think of anything else to say.

This guide on whether girls like shy guys features tips to help you overcome your shyness. 

10. Bring Your Dog If You Have One 

If your dog is well-behaved, there’s nothing wrong with bringing him on the date. Of course, you should ask your date if it’s OK, in case they’re allergic or dogphobic.

But, in most cases, your date will love it.

Girls tend to love guys who own dogs, because it shows they’re responsible, caring and sensitive enough to take care of another creature. 

Men like girls who own dogs too. Hey, they’re called ‘Man’s Best Friend’ for a reason! 

11. Have A Plan For What To Do After The Picnic

Your date will appreciate it if you have a solid plan for what to do after the picnic is finished. Again, this shows you’ve made the effort to show them a good time. It also frames you as an assertive and dependable partner.

Maybe there’s some cool stuff to explore in the location you chose for your picnic. Perhaps you buy dessert at a nearby cafe or ice-cream van. It could be that your favorite bar is near the location, and you want to take your date there. 

By all means, if the mood feels right, invite your date straight back to your place from the picnic.

Your decision on where to have your picnic should factor in whether there’s fun stuff to do after you’ve had the food. 

Final Thoughts

Even the most basic of picnic dates can be romantic, unique and fun.

Respect to you for looking for tips to make it even more special. 

Apply as many of these ideas as possible and you’ll surely blow your date away.