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How to Plan the Perfect Picnic Set Up for a Romantic Date

Are you looking for a new romantic date idea? Look no further. Outdoor picnics are the perfect way to surprise your significant other and be in a moment together without any distractions. Outdoor picnics are romantic, unique, and completely customizable. From the food to location and theme, you get to decide every detail. Now, planning the perfect picnic setup isn’t easy but we have come up with a step-by-step guide to help you plan an unforgettable surprise for your loved one.

Choose a theme

Themes are important because they help bring cohesion to your picnic. Themes don’t have to be extravagant. They can be simple, but most importantly the theme should reflect the person you’re planning for. Choose your person’s favorite flower or color, or you can also choose colors to set the perfect mood. Remember, you can never go wrong with the color red — the color of love — and roses.

Pick a Location

Nothing says romance more than having a picnic at a location that has a special meaning for you and your loved one. If there’s a park or private area that holds meaning to you both, consider setting your picnic up there. For our romantic luxury picnics, we like to have some privacy. This may take some additional scouting of locations but it’s worth it in the end. If you live in San Diego, here are our top 5 locations for a romantic picnic date:

  1. Sunset Cliffs

  2. Balboa Park

  3. Chollas Lake Park

  4. South Mission Beach

  5. Morley Field

Build the menu

This task might seem the most daunting to plan but it doesn’t have to be. When thinking about the best picnic foods, it’s always better to go with simple and easy to transport items. A good rule of thumb is to think about your person and try to plan a menu based on their preferences. You can also make it a fun activity for you and your significant other like building your own sandwiches together. All you’d have to do is bring the toppings. You can also think about sourcing food from vendors such as bakeries and cafes, this could include:

  • Fresh fruit

  • Chocolate truffles

  • Chocolate-covered strawberries

  • Cookies

and of course...

  • Charcuterie!!

Add a personal touch

Now that you have decided on a theme, location, and food, it’s time to think about adding a personal touch to bring your romantic picnic together. This is the time to really consider the things that bring you all the most joy. While we can’t decide on this for you, here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Bring your favorite games.

  • Decorate the space with photos of you and your significant other.

  • Take the time to write a special note. If you want to get really fancy you can place your love letter in a bottle and have your very own “message in a bottle.” Bonus points if you’re planning a romantic picnic at a lake or the beach.

  • A small custom gift like a book that tells your love story.

  • Bring materials for an activity that you can complete together

Essentials you don’t want to forget

We have put together a picnic a time or two, so we want to share a checklist of items you’ll want to remember to take on your picnic for a smooth setup process.

  • Picnic blanket to sit on - bring pillows for an extra touch

  • Picnic basket to carry the food

  • Plates, cups, utensils, and napkins - depending on the menu these items may vary

  • Cooler with drinks

  • Sunscreen or some sort of protection like a hat - look ahead at the weather and bring sunscreen if it’s supposed to be an extra sunny day

And that’s how to plan the perfect picnic setup for a romantic date. Need help planning the perfect picnic for your significant other? Omi Picnics is here to help. You can trust our team to create the perfect luxury picnic experience. Talk to our team and share all the things you want to include in your picnic, then leave it to us and we’ll take care of the rest. Contact us today to get the planning started.


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