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12 Unique Romantic Picnic Ideas for Every Budget (with pictures)

romantic picnic ideas

If you’re looking for the most romantic picnic ideas for couples, then you’re in the right place. We’ve made a list with all the romantic items to add to your picnic checklist to plan the perfect date.

Picnics are one of the most romantic ways to enjoy an outdoor meal and connect with your loved one. Whether is your first date, or you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or your wedding anniversary – picnicking is an excellent idea.

If you’re not sure what to take with you to turn a basic picnic into a romantic perfect date, this list will help you out.

1. Get a Romantic Picnic Basket

The best way to transport all your food, drinks, flatware and cutlery is by using a picnic basket.

What could be more romantic than a traditional, old-fashioned, vintage, and elegant basket? For a date, choose a wicker design rather than a basic tote, backpack or cooler.

The hamper also needs to be practical. It’s very important to go with an insulated option to keep the food and beverages chilled and fresh.

In our latest article on the best picnic baskets for two, we recommend a beautiful heart-shaped willow basket from Picnic Time.


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2. Picnic Blanket with Waterproof Backing


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Bring a large blanket with a water-resistant backing that will keep you dry from the wet ground. It also needs to be comfortable to lay on it all day long.

3. Seating Pillows



Another romantic picnic idea is to add extra comfort and cushioning, so make sure you’re bringing fluffy seating pillows. This way you can lay on your backs, cuddle and watch the sky.

TOP PICK: Medala Floor Pillow

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4. Champagne or Sparkling Wine


Champagne or wine shouldn’t miss from a romantic dinner. It represents celebration and elegance. It’s best if you have a separate insulated option to carry your drinks, wine cooler bags are perfect for outings.

Choose a sparkling white or rose wine, known to be more sophisticated and go well with daylight picnics.

For a romantic picnic at night, choose a red wine.

5. Strawberries


The fruits of romance, strawberries are all about love: from the sweet taste, the red elegant color and the mini-heart shape.

6. Dark Chocolate


Go with the best dark chocolate you can find. Here are some tips on how to pick a high-quality chocolate.

Cocoa must be the main ingredient.

A good chocolate should not have unnecessary ingredients like trans fat, milk, artificial flavorings, loads of sugar.

We recommend choosing a chocolate with over 70% cocoa percentage, having more antioxidants and a lower sugar content.

Pascha and Alter Eco are high-quality brands of chocolate you should try in your lifetime.

7. Bring a romantic picnic game for couples


Whether it’s your first date or your wedding anniversary, romantic picnic games are always a fun way to spice things up.

There are many options out there: “Talk, Flirt and Dare”, “Tabletopics”, “That’s What She Said”.

8. Essential Oil Candles (a romantic way to repel insects)


If you’re like me then you agree that chemical sprays smell disgusting and can destroy any romance.

Natural essential oil candles can repel mosquitos, ants, fleas and other small insects that can interrupt your romantic picnic. If you want to make your own bug-repellant candles, this DIY guide from “One Essential Community” is really helpful.

Citronella, Clove, Lavender, Cedarwood – are some lovely scented essential oils that repell insects

9. Flavored Water


To turn “basic water” into “romantic water”, infuse it with fruits and spices: “Cucumber & Strawberry”, “Strawberry, Basil & Lemon”, “Watermelon & Lime”

10. Bring Music & Books


If you play guitar or ukulele, impress your partner by singing to her/him.

Reading literature together is one of the most romantic things, something you should definitely try.

If none of the above sounds good to you, bring a bluetooth speaker or heaphones to play your favorite tracks.

11. Antipasto Platter


Antipasto is an italian dish which translates into “before the meal”, served usually as a first course.

The platter is a wonderful food choice for picnics: delicious and easy to eat.

Place all the ingredients on a wooden board, and don’t forget to bring some skewers.

Ingredients: cured meats, olives, various cheeses, figs, salami, prosciutto, various nuts, berries, honey, grapes, cherry tomatoes.

12. Crackers, Bread and Nuts


Bring english crackers and your favorite bread that go well wih a nice spread or dip.

Walnuts, macademia, pistachios are great to snack on and are a wonderful complement to cheese.2

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