Think outside the box for your next date night and plan a romantic picnic with your sweetheart. Whether you’re wanting to pop the question, celebrate a recent engagement, or are just looking to get outside and enjoy one another’s company, a DIY picnic date is perfect for a Sunday afternoon. Below we’re sharing a few tips to make this an afternoon to remember!
What to Pack
Packing for a DIY picnic is easy! However, there are so many ways to elevate the day by working with a few local vendors. For any picnic, you’ll need the following at a minimum:
Blanket and Pillows: Unless you’ll be at a picnic table, we recommend packing a blanket and a few pillows for comfort!
Food and Drink: If you’re looking to create an epic charcuterie board for the day, check out this post here for all the expert tips on putting together an unforgettable grazing board. Or, reach out to a local company like Denver Picnic Co. and let them do all the work for you!
Activities: Pack a yard game for a little friendly competition! Perhaps lawn darts, cornhole, or bocce ball! We also enjoy packing decks of cards and bad mitten.
How to Make it Special
If you’re looking to make the picnic a little more special than your typical day at the park, we’ve got a few ideas:
Cheers to Love: Pack a bottle or wine or champagne and toast to your love and the beautiful day you’re spending together!
Music: Set the mood by packing a portable speaker! Play the your song, or curate a special playlist for the afternoon on Spotify.
Fresh Blooms: Reach out to a local florist, like Hellebore Flowers who curated the picnic in this feature, and get your lady a beautiful bouquet to enjoy! After the picnic, bring it home and let the smells of the gorgeous blooms fill your home and remind you of the wonderful afternoon you spent with each other. Or order wholesale flowers online and show off your creativity by styling some bud vases and hand-tied bouquets for your picnic.
Hire a Photographer: If you’re celebrating a momentous occasion like an engagement, proposal or anniversary, hire a photographer for a mini-session! Even if it’s just a date, having professional photos captured is always fun. Plus, photos of the two of you make for great prints, gifts and more.
The Location is Everything: Pick a location that has meaning to you and your significant other. Perhaps it’s where you had your first date or it’s at the park you got engaged at, a location with meaning will make the date even more special. Or, pick a location that has incredible views or privacy! Another idea is to pack a picnic for a local winery, apple orchard, or pumpkin farm (be sure to reach out first to ensure outside food and drink is allowed).
Propose: A romantic picnic is the perfect setting for a proposal! For tips on how to plan a surprise proposal read this post. If a proposal is on the agenda, we highly recommend following all of the above tips.
If you and your beau curate a fun DIY picnic date, be sure to tag @rockymtnbride on Instagram!