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.
Tips for a Romantic Picnic
Planning a Romantic Picnic Menu
As with all our picnic tips, the key to any picnic is food that is portable. 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.