When it comes to planning a Valentine’s Day picnic, there are some romantic tips and picnic essentials that will make your Valentine swoon.
If you have decided to surprise your Valentine with a picnic, it doesn’t have to be super fancy, but attention to detail can go a long way.
I covered all the best tips for a romantic picnic for two and easy-to-make romantic picnic food ideas, but these romantic picnic accessories and tips will help you create the perfect Valentine’s picnic.
Valentine’s Picnic Ideas and Essentials
It might be a romantic woodsy retreat, a Valentine’s Day wine and cheese date on the beach, stargazing in the backyard, or an indoor picnic by an open fire.
Whatever you choose, consider the scene you will set, consider comfort, and most of all, make it a special, romantic occasion. You may even consider some fun picnic games to play with your loved one.
Romantic Picnic Tip: If you’re planning a romantic brunch picnic, I’ve got loads of gorgeous picnic brunch recipes that are easy to make but very elegant.
Set the scene starting with a romantic wicker picnic basket. A wicker picnic basket is romantic and extremely practical, with everything you need. I reviewed some of the most romantic picnic baskets for two here, but these are two of my favorites for both practicality and the romance scale.
Comfortable Waterproof Picnic Blanket
No matter if Valentine’s Day falls in summer or winter, depending on where you live, a comfortable and cozy waterproof picnic blanket is a must. It sets your piece of picnic real estate and spares you from sitting on cold or wet surfaces.
A quality waterproof picnic blanket is a great investment for many occasions, not just picnics. More of my top picks for beautiful waterproof picnic blankets are here.
I adore this thick, waterproof picnic mat by Layzy on Etsy for a chic, romantic picnic. It comes in various colors and patterns and rolls up easily into its own bag.
Extra Cosy Blanket
Even if you enjoy a summer Valentine’s Day, but especially if it is a romantic winter picnic, an extra blanket will never go astray.
Use it as an extra warm layer to sit on or wrap around you in cold weather. Or, if the weather turns cool in the evening in summer, a light throw is always very thoughtful.
Expecting a chilly Valentine’s Day? See my tips for planning a winter picnic.
A beautiful blanket can also make a cherished Valentine’s gift – win, win.
These beautiful handmade throw blankets made with baby Peruvian Alpaca wool by AlpacaThreadz are lightweight, warm, and incredibly soft. They make a beautiful picnic throw and a very romantic picnic gift.
Set the Scene with Romantic Decorations and Accessories
Depending on the time of day, small decorative statements can make a big impression, as can the smaller details of your picnic kit.
Make it magical with Fairy Lights.
Candles are always romantic, but a simple strand of fairy lights can make a night picnic magical. Place string lights in jars for a firefly effect, or dress your picnic table with a floral fairy light garland for a romantic setting.
Pack Your Best Linen
Don’t scrimp when it comes to setting your table or blanket spread. Ditch the paper napkins and opt for some luxe linen instead. It is one of those small touches that make a big statement.
Tip: I also love this wisteria garland as a spring decoration for an Easter Picnic.
Create Atmosphere with Music
A little bit of music can really set the mood. Don’t just rely on your smartphone speaker for a romantic vibe. Bring along a small wireless speaker for some low-key quality sound.
I love this JBL Clip Speakerphone because it is wireless, has 10 hours of playtime, is waterproof and tough, fits in the palm of your hand, and clips onto your picnic basket with the integrated carabiner.
Picnic Table & Chairs
For those who don’t feel like snuggling on a rug, there are lots of very portable foldable picnic tables and chairs on the market to set a sophisticated and romantic picnic setting.
I reviewed some fabulous folding picnic tables of all sizes here. Combine a folding table with some comfortable but lightweight canvas folding picnic chairs, and you can create a comfortable and chic romantic picnic setting for two anywhere. If you like a romantic boho vibe, see my top picks for foldable low boho picnic tables.
Whether you plan to wow your Valentine with bubbles or have a very suave wine and cheese affair planned, drinking wine at a picnic can be awkward. These helpful accessories will take the worry out of enjoying a glass of wine alfresco.
A favorite in my review of the best picnic wine totes, this cooler bag has everything you need for serving wine at a picnic, including real glasses for a luxe touch and cheese accessories.
While not as elegant as a glass champagne flute, these insulated champagne tumblers are sleek and practical solutions to enjoying bubbles alfresco. They keep your bubbles cold and you don’t have to worry about precarious flutes being knocked over.
Avoid awkward spills with these clever solutions to using stemmed glasses at a picnic.
Remember, some of the best romantic picnics can be the most simple. You don’t have to go overboard with gimmicky romantic gestures because small, elegant statements can go a long way.