When it comes to romance, there is nothing quite like spending an evening under the stars with that special someone, enjoying a romantic date for two.
Stargazing is a classic romantic activity, and one that you should definitely tie into your picnic. Your location needs to be somewhere distant from city lights, so it may be worth scouting for this in advance. Once you have found your perfect spot, it won’t take too long to learn a bit about astronomy. There are certain night sky fixtures that are easily recognizable, such as some of the bright stars and constellations out there, and you will no doubt impress your date with your stargazing knowledge!
A picnic under the stars at the beach, with the sound of the waves crashing in the background, is the perfect setting for a romantic date. A small bonfire will help the two of you to stay warm, and provide some extra ambiance, but be sure to check in advance whether or not this is allowed on the beach that you have chosen. The food that you pack for the picnic can reflect your beachy setting – think lobster rolls and decadent caviar, or even sushi. Of course, if you are able to set up a small bonfire, then marshmallows are a must!
If you live in a city with a stunning skyline, then try to find access to a rooftop and have your picnic under the stars up there. On a rooftop, you can set up quite the gourmet picnic, complete with tables, chairs and white linens. Serving up a chilled bottle of champagne adds even more sophistication, or you could get creative and whip up some cocktails that you know your date would love. Line the edge of the rooftop with small candles to make it even more romantic, and set up a small sound system to serenade the two of you while you eat and gaze out at the view.
A drive-in movie is great for an initial or casual date, as it takes some of the pressure off since the entertainment will be taken care of. The food that you pack for the picnic can be classic movie theater items, such as popcorn, candy, hot dogs and nachos. For something more gourmet, consider a platter of different fruits and cheeses, such as Brie, Gouda and Cheddar, as this is not only tasty and easy to eat, but can also be visually stunning. If you have a few different local drive-in movie theaters to choose from, take a look at the movie screenings in advance and consider asking your date which they would prefer.
A picnic under the stars allows you to get quite creative with the planning of the date, not only with the location that you pick for the picnic, but also in the food that you pack. When planning a romantic picnic, be sure to remember to check weather conditions for that night, as you don’t want to have to make a mad dash for the car in the pouring rain halfway through!