Planning a romantic alfresco date for two and need picnic date food ideas or romantic picnic inspiration to set the scene?
These picnic ideas for couples will have you reaching for the picnic basket and planning a romantic picnic for two.
We give you all the tips for planning a perfect Valentines Day picnic here. But what about some alfresco romance the rest of the year?
Tips for a Romantic Picnic
Planning a Romantic Picnic Menu
As with all our picnic tips, the key to any picnic is portable food. However, when it comes to setting the scene for romance, you want to make it a little fancy, like any special occasion.
When thinking about romantic picnic food ideas, I like to steer away from heavy main course type meals and stay with smaller, easy to manage and elegant dishes. No one wants to be wrestling a large greasy burger on a romantic date.
Think small, elegant appetisers, romantic sandwiches and sophisticated salads. Extra points for sharing plates such as a classy charcuterie board for a wine and cheese picnic or assorted sharing plates of dainty appetisers.
Of course, any romantic date should end on a sweet note. Pack something delicately sweet or decadently naughty, depending on the mood.
And while a glass of champagne or bottle of wine is always romantic, we’ve also come up with some romantic pink cocktails to add a little flair.
Choose Your Picnic Spot
Choosing a romantic picnic spot shouldn’t be too hard. However, you want to make sure you don’t select a place that is so crowded or noisy; the romance gets lost in the chaos.
Remember, picnics don’t always have to be during the day or outdoors. An evening picnic stargazing, even in your backyard, can be just as lovely as a sunny afternoon languishing on the lawn.
An impromptu picnic in your living room (bonus points for in front of the fire) can be just as romantic as an alfresco date at the beach or the park.
Also, think outside the square. A picnic is portable, so you can set it up anywhere. Try a picnic date at the drive-in theatre. Rent a rowboat at your local lake for a floating picnic. Arrange a hiking picnic in spring or a woodsy summer picnic to escape the heat– the possibilities are endless.
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Set the Scene
Don’t forget the little touches that make this picnic a special occasion. Small things like picnic worthy champagne flutes over plastic cups. Linen napkins over paper and of course, a romance worthy picnic basket to set the scene. We also give you ideas here for little flourishes that will make your piece of picnic real estate oh so romantic without much effort.
A low foldable boho style picnic table is a great start to creating a dreamy picnic setting.
Romantic Picnic Ideas
These picnic ideas for couples will help you plan the most romantic alfresco dates. From romantic picnic basket ideas, gorgeous products to help set the scene to deliciously romantic picnic food ideas for couples from savoury to sweet and some imaginative romantic cocktails.
Whether for Valentines Day, date night or an anniversary, you'll find picnic perfect inspiration for your next picnic for two.
Gorgeously Romantic Picnic Baskets for Two
What's more romantic than a classic picnic basket for two? We've rounded up a collection of swoon-worthy baskets to set the scene for the most romantic picnics. We even have a heart-shaped wicker basket fitted out with beautiful picnic accessories to make your picnic a breeze.
Picnic Backpacks for Two
For those romantics who like a more contemporary picnic arrangement or even enjoy a romantic hiking picnic, we've found the best picnic backpacks complete with full picnic service sets for two—everything you need for a picnic in a very portable and practical bag.
13 Stylish & Practical Picnic Wine Coolers & Wine Totes
There is nothing more romantic than a simple wine and cheese picnic. Make each one perfect and practical with this collection of gorgeous picnic wine cooler bags, wine totes, and wine and cheese picnic baskets. Each has a different wine and cheese service set to suit your picnic style.
Cosy Waterproof Picnic Blankets
Setting the scene for your picnic starts with a cosy picnic blanket. Here you will find a selection of blankets chosen not just for their beautiful picnic aesthetic but for their quality and practicality. Each is cosy, but also large enough to relax on and with a waterproof backing, so you never feel the damp no matter where you choose to picnic.
11 Practical & Portable Folding Picnic Tables
If lying on a rug is not your thing, or you really want to set the scene, a lightweight folding picnic table is your go-to picnic accessory for romantic alfresco meals anywhere, anytime. We've rounded up 11 of the best portable folding picnic tables of all shapes and sizes to create the perfect romantic picnic date.
Rosey Pink 100% Pure Wool Wool Blanket | Etsy
While a picnic blanket establishes your piece of picnic real estate and sets the scene, a cosy throw is always a thoughtful addition to a romantic picnic. Add a beautiful woollen throw to your picnic set like this gorgeous rose pink pure wool blanket on Etsy to snuggle up should the weather turn cool or your picnic runs into the night.
Champagne Scented Candle Luxury Candles | Etsy
There is nothing more romantic than champagne and candles. Combine the two and up the ambience of your picnic with a luxury champagne scented candle.
Sea Shell Light Garland | Etsy
Make an evening picnic magical with this oh so romantic seashell light garland. Take it anywhere as they only need batteries to light up the romance of your picnic.
Valentines Heart Garland | Etsy
Whether its' a Valentines Day picnic, an anniversary or just an incredibly romantic picnic date, add some extra romance with this cute Valentine hearts garland. Drape them from a tree or simply lay it around your picnic blanket for an extra romantic touch.
Set of 2 Linen Napkins with Pom Pom Trim | Etsy
It's the little touches that make occasions memorable. Give your romantic picnic feast the luxe touches it deserves with these beautiful linen napkins. Every romantic will notice the difference.
Romantic Picnic Food Ideas
Get inspiration for romantic picnic menu ideas. We've got gorgeous dishes for two including savoury and sweet and even a romantic cocktail or two to set the mood.
Fig & Prosciutto Picnic Bread
Somewhere between a flatbread and focaccia, this delicious fig & pig picnic bread will add a gloriously romantic touch to your picnic feast. This pretty fresh fig bread with salty cured prosciutto doesn't need lots of ingredients to make it special. A welcome companion to most picnic menus, it's an easy sharing dish either as the main dish or accompaniment.
Grilled Pear Appetizer with Blue Cheese, Fig & Walnut.
Looking for an elegant picnic appetizer that is easy to make and very portable? How about a grilled pear and blue cheese appetizer with fig and walnut? Serve as a pre picnic appetizer or as part of a romantic wine and cheese picnic menu.
Smoked Salmon Cucumber Appetizer
Thinly sliced English cucumber topped with goats cheese, chives and smoked salmon, rolled into elegant bite-sized appetisers. Sometimes it is the simplest of recipes that make the biggest statement.
Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Goats Cheese and Arugula
Whether it’s a wine and cheese picnic, a finger food affair, or as a picnic appetiser, these prosciutto-wrapped figs with goats cheese and crisp arugula are a perfect bite for two. We love the elegance and simplicity of these delightfully salty, sweet picnic appetisers—an elegant dish to impress any picnic romantic.
Easy Smoked Duck Rice Paper Rolls
When we think of romantic finger food ideas, we want elegant dishes, food that isn't messy to eat and looks beautiful on your picnic spread. What's more elegant than a rice paper roll? These smoked duck rice paper rolls make a lovely meal for two or a sweet starter for a romantic Asian inspired picnic.
Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach
Another delightful no mess easy to eat morsel perfect for a romantic picnic. Stuffed mushrooms make great picnic companions because they are easy to make, easy to eat (no mess) and incredibly delicious.
Switch up your fillings to suit the occasion, serve them hot or cold and break out the picnic Pinot Noir for a tasty yet delicate treat.
Fig and Chicken Baguette Sandwich
Looking for a romantic picnic sandwich look no further than the baguette. Add tender slices of smoked chicken, sweet figs and salty manchego cheese and you have a baguette picnic romantics will swoon for. We've got loads more chicken sandwich ideas here for picnic romantics.
Pea and Mint Dip Recipe
Put a sweet splash of colour on your romantic picnic spread with a pean and mint dip. With light and fresh Middle Eastern flavour profiles of tahini, garlic and mint, you can whip up this delightfully cheery dip in minutes. You can even use frozen peas for an impromptu picnic dip if you don't have any fresh peas on hand.
Smoked Duck, Fig & Grilled Pear Salad
Tender slices of smoked duck breast with sweet figs and sticky grilled pears topped with salty goats cheese. A simple yet elegant salad that is easy to pre-prepare and pull together last minute.
Smoked Salmon Terrine
Smoked Salmon Terrine is a wonderful picnic dish for a special occasion. A dish that looks classy and complex but a breeze to pull together. It's also very picnic portable.
Surprise your loved one with this elegant dish served simply with bread or crackers and a side salad. Don't forget a nice dry white.
Easy Pear & Fennel Sheet Tart With Ricotta & Blue Cheese
A super simple sheet tart that adds a touch of sophistication to your romantic spread. Sweet pears, fennel, ricotta and salty blue cheese make a wonderfully delicious tart to serve as a main or as finger food appetizer. Serve it hot or cold.
Valentine's Day Cheese Plate
An easy yet fancy Valentine’s cheese plate for two although, it doesn't have to be Valentine's Day for this romantic picnic indulgence. A small delicious cheese, fruit and chocolate board makes a lovely light appetiser or dessert or have it as a light wine and cheese picnic dish.
Savory Charcuterie Board
Bring the elegance of an overflowing charcuterie board to your picnic for two. The perfect grazing plate for long, lazy picnics with a loved one. Don't forget the wine.
Crostini with Balsamic Strawberries and Ricotta
I love this dish not only because it is beautifully romantic. But because it lives in between the realms of sweet and savoury. Sweet strawberries are finished in a balsamic reduction on top of smooth ricotta. Serve this elegant dish as a semi-sweet finish or appetiser alongside some salty Proscuitto or a good strong cheese. Either way, this dish goes beautifully with champagne or prosecco.
It is such an easy dish to pre-prepare and put together at your picnic.
Romantic Picnic Desserts for Couples
Every picnic needs a sweet treat, especially a romantic picnic. We've got romantic morsels and decadent sweet treats for grown-ups in love to create the perfect finish to any picnic.
Pink Chocolate Covered Strawberries
What's more romantic than pink chocolate covered strawberries? An easy to make-ahead treat; dip whole strawberries in decadent pink chocolate and chill until set. Serve with champagne for extra romance points.
Rose Scented Shortbread
Quality shortbread is one of the most elegant and unpretentious cookies around. Rose scented shortbread is a delightfully delicious and romantic spin on the original which will be sure to win the heart of any picnic romantic.
Easy White Chocolate Fudge
For a simple yet elegant dessert for couples, fudge makes a great romantic picnic dessert.
This White Chocolate Fudge recipe is sweet and super creamy, and incredibly adaptable. Switch out almonds for macadamias for something a little more decadent, or sprinkle with heart-shaped sprinkles for a romantic touch.
Red Wine Fudge Brownies
Red wine fudge brownies are a decadent treat for grown-ups in love. The red wine gives the brownie a richness and warmth with lightly whipped cream chocolate frosting for a match made in heaven.
How to Make a Chocolate Heart Smash Box for Valentine's Day
Looking for a unique and romantic way to hide a gift for your loved one? A Valentine smash box is a chocolate heart box made to hide romantic treasures. Whether making a proposal or asking someone to move in with you. Hide a ring or a key in the box and give your loved one a small hammer to smash the chocolate and find the surprise.
Easy Chocolate Avocado Truffles
Add a dash of chocolate decadence to your romantic picnic without the guilt. These sweet and creamy chocolate truffles use avocado instead of heavy cream for a smooth, chocolatey and healthy sweet bite. You would never even know they are made with avocado.
No Bake Key Lime Pie Bars
These dainty Key Lime Pie Bras make a sweet and fresh addition to any romantic picnic. Cut them into small bars and decorate them with edible flowers for a very delicate dessert.
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
Strawberries set the scene for so many romantic dishes which is why this no-bake strawberry cheesecake is bound to win hearts.
Red Velvet Torte
For an elegantly decadent and oh so romantic picnic dessert, this Red Velvet Torte certainly takes the cake. Dense with a firm frosting, it's perfectly portable for an alfresco romance.
Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes with Mocha Buttercream Frosting
For anyone who loves chocolate, these adorable Cupids Arrow chocolate cupcakes are delightfully decadent adult cupcakes.
The perfect portable Valentine’s treat full of chocolate love.
See our Tips for Transporting Cupcakes so they arrive looking fab.
Add some fun and fizz to your picnic with these romantic cocktails. We've got both alcoholic and non-alcoholic love potions to set the scene for you picnic date.
Sparkling Cranberry Champagne and Tequila Cocktail
Rustle up sparkling champagne, cranberry & tequila cocktails for your next picnic date. Easy to prepare in advance and bring together at the picnic, these glasses of pink fizz are picnic-perfect on the romantic stakes. These picnic worthy champagne flutes are perfect for romantic champagne cocktails.
Raspberry Sherbet Punch
Want a romantic statement drink but not quite a cocktail? Try this refreshing, sweet and tangy raspberry cloud punch to brighten up your picnic spread.
Love Potion Drink
Create your own picnic love potion with this delightfully fresh and fizzy vodka-based cocktail—a fun and delicious cocktail recipe that is perfect for Valentine’s Day picnics.