These romantic picnic ideas at night are a great way to reconnect or celebrate a special occasion. We also included the best picnic food ideas for a date.
Finding fun and unique ways to spend time together can sometimes be a challenge, but the perfect picnic date is an easy way to have some fun and have a great time talking. So the next time you’re planning date night, skip the boring dinner and a movie, and try one of these picnic ideas at night!
Note: A picnic can also be a great first date so that you can really talk and get to know one another; however, we recommend it be in a public place.
What should you eat on a romantic picnic?
If you’re looking for picnic date food ideas, we personally love to do items that taste great chilled or at room temperature. We also tend to skip a main dish unless it’s a sandwich or wrap since most meats will taste better warm.
Romantic Picnic Food Ideas
- cheese and charcuterie
- fresh fruits
- sparkling beverages (Champagne or fruit juice)
- fruit salad
- pasta salad
- potato salad
- veggies with homemade dip
- dried fruit like cherries or figs
- dark chocolate or truffles baguettes
- chocolate-covered strawberries
17 Romantic Picnic Ideas at Night
Who says a picnic has to be enjoyed during the day? We love a picnic at night after a hot day in the Summer. Plus, evening is a great time for these cute picnic date ideas because areas will likely be less crowded.
With this list of romantic ideas, you’ll get bonus points for adding in a fun activity to the meal.
1. Stargazing Picnic
Find a spot away from the city lights to enjoy the stars together on your next date night.
Grab a blanket and some pillows, along with a few snacks to enjoy, then lay on the grass and look at the stars together.
2. Charcuterie Picnic
Take the charcuterie board to your next picnic to provide your date with plenty of snacking options.
And the good news is that meat and cheese pair perfectly with wine, making it a great option for a romantic date night.
3. Outdoor Movie Night Picnic
While you could set up an outdoor movie screen for your date night, if you want to make things more low key, simply bring a laptop in your picnic basket to set up this fun idea for couples.
Make sure to bring along plenty of movie snacks and drinks, as well as some comfortable blankets and pillows. Then, relax in the grass and watch a romantic movie together.
We also found some great tips on planning an outdoor movie night that you may like!
4. Glow in the Dark Picnic
Pack some glow sticks, necklaces, and bracelets in your picnic basket to set up this fun date night idea.
After decking yourself out in your glowing apparel, enjoy a few colorful snacks and drinks together outside.
5. Candlelit Picnic
Set up a romantic picnic for your next date night with the help of flameless candles.
Pack a bottle of wine and finger foods in your picnic basket, then set out candles in a variety of sizes to create a romantic atmosphere for your outdoor meal.
6. Taco Picnic
Have some fun enjoying tacos outside with this unique picnic idea! Pair your tacos with a batch of homemade margaritas to round out the meal.
7. Beach Picnic
What better way to enjoy the evening with your loved one than watching the sunset on the beach? Once the sun goes down, keep the date going with a meal and cocktails on the sand.
Romantic beach picnics are such a great opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle and just reconnect.
8. Wine and Cheese Picnic
You don’t need an elaborate meal to serve at your next date night! With the help of some wine and cheese, you can set up a delicious (and romantic) picnic spread with minimal effort.
9. Rooftop Picnic
Not everyone can go out into nature to enjoy a picnic dinner!
Instead of hitting the road, head up to your building’s rooftop for a romantic picnic in the city. Enjoy the city lights while snacking on finger foods and wine.
10. Bonfire Picnic
Turn a bonfire into a romantic date with your significant other with this cozy picnic idea.
Cook your picnic on the flames by serving hot dogs and s’mores or just enjoy the warmth while you snack on other delicious picnic foods.
11. Sunset Picnic
Start your picnic dinner with a view of the sunset at your next date night.
Pick a spot for perfect sunset viewing, like a nearby hilltop or lakefront. And once the sun goes down, continue your picnic with food and drinks in the grass.
12. Campsite Picnic
Take your date into the wild by creating a romantic campsite picnic for your significant other at a state park.
Lay out a blanket at your campsite and serve a delicious fire-cooked meal.
13. BBQ Picnic
Fire up the grill for your next outdoor date night and enjoy some BBQ in the grass.
After you cook your meats and whip up your side dishes, make yourself comfortable on a blanket in the backyard to enjoy your home cooked meal. After, you could break out board games or play truth or dare.
14. Dessert Picnic
You don’t have to eat your entire meal at your picnic date! Why not take your dessert outside to finish your date on a fun note?
Pack up some desserts in a picnic basket and head to a local park or your backyard to enjoy some sweet treats together while lounging in the grass.
15. Winery Picnic
A beautiful outdoor winery is the perfect spot to enjoy a nighttime drink in a scenic location.
Bring along a blanket to sit on and enjoy some time together while you sip on local wine.
16. Fairy Light Picnic
Set the mood for your outdoor date night with the help of fairy lights.
String up the soft lights before the date and have them lit to provide ambient lighting that will create a romantic setting for the evening.
17. Drive-In Theater Picnic
Find a local drive-in theater so you can watch a movie while you have your next picnic at night. Pull into your parking spot and head to the concession stand to purchase plenty of snacks and drinks. Then lay out a blanket and pillows to enjoy your picnic dinner while watching a movie.
Have a Plan B
It’s a good idea to have a plan B in case the weather isn’t ideal for an outdoor picnic.
We love the idea of going to a cooking class, attending a live or virtual wine tasting, or a romantic date night at home.
Planning a Living Room Picnic
Don’t let the weather keep you from your picnic! If you can’t head outside to enjoy date night, just bring the picnic indoors.
Lay out a picnic blanket on the floor and enjoy your favorite picnic foods together from the comfort of your own home.
Don’t let having good weather stop you from spending some quality time together!
Other Picnic Items to Bring
Once you have your picnic foods picked out, it’s important to also remember the details you’ll need for a romantic picnic idea. These details include:
- a picnic basket or cooler
- cushions or a waterproof blanket
- a bottle opener
- salt and pepper
- cloth napkins (or paper)
- wine glasses, champagne flutes, or drinking glasses
- a large blanket or picnic table
- insect repellent
- wet wipes for your hands
- trash bag
- red or white wine never hurts either!
With these fun picnic ideas at night, you can create an amazing date night for you and your loved one.
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