We all know how nerve-wracking dates can be, with endless decisions to make about the food, location and, of course, what to wear! And with the average date costing Brits £127, according to Match.com, impressing a potential partner certainly doesn’t come with a small price tag.
But, don’t fret! If you’re looking to wow your date while keeping costs down, why not make the most of the British summertime and let out your creative side with a day-date picnic? As this can be tailored to their tastes and preferences, you’re sure to win some brownie points!
So, if you’re looking for advice on how to create a picnic for your next date, read on for our essential tips.
Find The Perfect Location
When planning a picnic date, be sure to prioritise finding the ideal location. Go for a spot that is tranquil enough to relax and chat in, but one that also has plenty to offer: attractive scenery can be a great talking point if the conversation runs dry.
Parks are usually a great place to head to, offering large stretches of greenery, meaning you’ll be spoilt for choice when finding your perfect spot. However, going to a place where you can have a look around after you’ve eaten will add an extra element of fun to the day — so, visit the National Trust website to search for parks, beaches, and summer gardens that are nearby.
Get Creative With The Food
Picnic baskets are usually full of tasty finger food, ranging from sandwiches to pastries. However, a picnic date offers the perfect opportunity to add your own special spin on the classic spread. Swapping simple sandwiches for the likes of mini salt beef bagels or an assortment of topped bruschetta will give a refreshing and sophisticated twist while allowing you to hone your cooking and presentation skills. Additionally, switching out easy-grab packs of crisps for something that’s had a little more thought put into it, like a cheese board featuring their favourite varieties, will make your food an instant hit!
But, there are some classics that just can’t be beaten. Whipping up a batch of brownies for dessert, like the ones in this recipe from Belling, will make sure your date leaves with a sweet taste in their mouth.
Top tip: Do be aware that your date might have dietary requirements, so ask before you get in the kitchen!
Offer Plenty of Drink Choices
Although you might want to sit out in the sun with a beer, your date might not. Creating a jug of homemade Pimm’s and transferring it to a vacuum flask, like this steel one from Ikea, will keep it crisp all day. Alternatively, a refreshing wine that perfectly complements your food choices is sure to go down well!
However, be aware that your date might not want to drink alcohol, so having alternatives for them is a good idea. Pack some sparkling juices like Shloer, or make some attractive mocktails. But, do try to find out their drink preferences before you stock up on beer, cider, or wine.
Remember To Pack The Basics
With so much to plan and think about ahead of your date, it can be easy to forget about some of the basics you’ll need.
A cool box will keep your food chilled, which is particularly important if there is any meat or perishables in your picnic basket. And, cutlery, glasses, and plates are equally as important. Don’t be tempted to go for throwaway paper plates — instead, opt for reusable plastic ones. These will look better and are also more environmentally-friendly.
And, most important, you’ll need to work out the seating arrangements! Whether you choose a cosy picnic blanket and some cushions or grab a set of portable deckchairs, make sure it’s practical for the food you’re serving up.
A picnic date can provide a great opportunity to show your personality, with all your choices — from the menu to the location — sure to be appreciated by your date. Follow our top tips and watch the following dates mount up!