The best picnic mantra is always ‘easy to carry, delightful to eat,’ and a romantic picnic shouldn’t be any different.
My tips for romantic picnic ideas show you how to dial up the charm for some alfresco romance. But what about when it comes to picnic date food ideas?
How to Plan a Romantic Picnic Menu for Two
When it comes to a dreamy picnic date or surprise Valentine’s picnic, my tip is to avoid any heavy main dishes in favor of bite-sized, easy-to-manage, elegant offerings.
Let’s face it: juggling a mammoth mayonnaise-slathered sandwich or balancing plates on your lap hardly screams ‘romance.’ These tips will help you plan the perfect picnic date menu, so romance is the star of the day.
- Aim for petite, stylish starters like stuffed mushrooms, dainty tea sandwiches like smoked salmon and avocado heart-shaped sandwiches, and elegant salads like a pear and goat’s cheese salad (individual serve salad containers are perfect for romantic picnic salads).
- Bonus points for grazing dishes like an exquisite cheese and charcuterie spread, ideal for a wine-paired picnic or various petite shared appetizers. (See my pick of the most beautiful and practical picnic wine totes and baskets to help set the scene).
- What’s a romantic date without a touch of sweetness? Choose between light, delicate desserts or decadent treats, but remember that they are portable and easy to eat, like my gorgeous Raspberry Cupcakes topped with lush Lemon Mascarpone Frosting.
- Naturally, a sip of bubbly champagne or a fine wine always adds romantic flair. If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic tipple, homemade lemonade is about as sweet as it gets. Or rustle up a thermos of cold fruit punch, which you could serve in insulated champagne flutes.
Romantic Picnic Foods For a Date
Here, you’ll discover a selection of romantic picnic menu ideas covering savory and sweet treats designed for two, all of which are a breeze to whip up.
More Romantic Picnic Tips & Ideas
Remember that the key to a memorable romantic picnic menu lies in the details. Choose delicious dishes that easy to handle and visually appealing. Embrace the beauty of shared plates, which add an element of intimacy and ease to the dining experience.
And don’t forget the setting and your company are just as important as the food, whether under a starry sky or in a sun-dappled park.