With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not create an unforgettable romantic experience for your special someone? Make this year extra memorable by planning a stunning picnic date packed with delicious treats.
Last year when I committed to a picnic date for Valentine’s day, I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was. Not only did we enjoy a lovely meal out in nature, but we also had the opportunity to repeat a picnic date on our living room floor with movies centered around love and romantic home-cooked meals.
To get you started, we’ve collected nine of our favorite Valentine’s day picnic ideas to help make sure Cupid hits his mark!
What items to remember to bring
Picnics can be a wonderfully romantic date idea for the most intimate settings, but they also require much planning. For example, you’ll need to think beyond just food and drinks—you’ll want to think of items like what you’ll be carrying everything in, a Bluetooth speaker, foldable chairs, napkins, and more!
Here’s an essential checklist to get planning – focus on personal touches that reflect intimacy!
- Connect your bluetooth speaker to your phone to play romantic music
- Picnic basket to transport your items to the date
- Floor cushions so you’re both extra cozy during your date
- Paper plates, napkins, cups, silverware, disinfecting handwipes.
- The food of your choice, coolers to keep your beverages chilled.
Perfect Valentine’s Day Picnic Ideas
1. Charcuterie board platter
Nothing screams a romantic Valentines day picnic more than a charcuterie board. So commit to creating one of the delicious, mouthwatering platters found on Kb in Bloom to set the mood for a delightful picnic date.
Looking for Valentine’s day platter filled with fruits, rich cheeses, and meats? We have you covered, no matter what picnic style you surprise your loved one with for your romantic dinner.
2. Netflix and chill
If you’re going for a romantic picnic but want a special twist to your evening together, why not find the perfect spot to set up a few chairs outside and bring your favorite Netflix movies to enjoy? Some classic romantic movies focused on black love are Love and Basketball, Sylvie’s Love, and more.
Eat good food while enjoying the night sky and snuggling with your partner – what’s better than that? Word to the wise, keeping your laptop charged beforehand is a great idea to ensure no interruptions to your romantic date night.
3. Picnic at a state park
Grab a picnic blanket and your other outdoor necessities for a fun picnic date at your local state park. Pick a spot with a great view, spread out on the grass and enjoy each other’s company while taking in all that nature has to offer.
Prepare a romantic meal ahead of time, perhaps with the help of a picnic basket, and pack it all up for a meal you’ll both remember forever.
4. Botanical Garden picnic
A fun way to enjoy a special meal enjoying your picnic is in your local botanical gardens or favorite park. Bring a picnic blanket, a basket full of delicious food, red wine and pick the perfect location to enjoy your Valentine’s day.
Hear the sounds of nature in the park and let the beauty of nature bring you even closer to your partner as you share a lovely meal together. A special way to elevate the experience is by intentionally placing rose petals around your picnic spot for the ultimate romantic ambiance.
5. Beach picnic
The perfect way to enjoy a romantic valentines day picnic is on the beach. Pack up your favorite food, sparkling water, fresh fruit, and music, and spend the afternoon lounging on the beach together.
A bonus tip is to schedule your picnic in the late afternoon to take in the breathtaking sunset view. Enjoy each other’s company while snacking on your favorite sweet and savory dishes, and watch as the day comes to a beautiful close.
6. Make an indoor electric s’mores picnic date
If an indoor picnic option is more up your alley, consider making a romantic electric s’mores picnic date using the best of both worlds. Gather some of your favorite dark chocolate, marshmallows, graham crackers, and other s’mores supplies for a picnic indoors to remember.
You can create a little area on the floor while enjoying melted chocolate after a full dinner. To take it to the next level, also provide the option to create chocolate-dipped strawberries and fresh fruit skewers to really impress your valentine.
7. Outdoor picnic with sushi
If you’re looking for a great way to surprise your partner with a food you enjoy but only eat a few times a week, it’s always a good idea to go with sushi! Consider planning a fun outdoor picnic with sushi and your other favorite foods, including a bit of sake or cider to transport you to the perfect date night.
You can find some great sushi spots in your local city, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try making some of your own!
8. Romantic dinner with live music
For a romantic night sure to leave your partner emotional and touched by the beautiful night, consider creating a picnic experience with live music. Is there a local artist or musician you love who you can book for a night of beautiful music and a great meal?
This would be the perfect way to leave your partner pleasantly surprised with a grand gesture sure to make them feel special. Pick the perfect location, perhaps a rooftop patio overlooking the city, and then plan ahead by pre-ordering your food with your chilled drinks in a cooler for your special night with your love.
9. Hire a pop-up picnic event planner
It’s always a good thing to take a to-do list off your plate, especially during the busy romantic season of Valentine’s Day. However, if you find planning a picnic with your significant other is more work than you want to take on, consider hiring a professional pop-up picnic event planner.
They will be able to help you plan the perfect date for your partner, whether it be a traditional picnic in the park or a special romantic dinner at the beach. For most event planners, all you have to prepare is a delicious meal for your romantic night alone.
10. Create a decadent dessert platter
Make the most memorable dessert platter filled with chocolate-dipped strawberries, red velvet cupcakes, hot chocolate, and other decadent desserts to make for the perfect night. On Valentine’s Day, you deserve to spoil yourself and treat your partner to something special.
That includes creating their favorite sweet treats that you know they most likely will not make for themselves. So let your creativity come out and do something unique that you know your valentine will appreciate.