Seven Romantic Backyard Date Night Ideas
When it comes to date night, we’re all guilty at times of going straight for the dinner and a movie option, which can quickly become monotonous and boring. Luckily, you can spice up date night with ease without breaking the bank or even travelling too far. In fact, your own backyard offers the perfect solution. Check out these seven romantic date ideas that you and your partner can make happen tonight.
1. See Some Stars.
Let’s start with the simplest of nighttime activities that’s perhaps as old as time itself—stargazing. Simply lie on a blanket or a hammock, pointing out constellations, looking for shooting stars, and marvel at the moon. It’ll be your cheapest and most romantic date yet.
2. Create the Perfect Picnic.
Even the simplest meals take on a certain romantic elegance when you’re dining al fresco. Lay out a big blanket and put out no-cook options such as cheese, crackers, fruit, sliced vegetables, bread, and high-quality cured meats. Add your favorite bottle of wine and you’ve got the perfect recipe for romance.
3. Make Movie Magic.
Sometimes an activity that’s typically enjoyed inside becomes new and exciting just by doing it outside. That’s especially true with watching movies. If you can set up a TV or projector outside, then you can have a great date night. Simply pop in a classic romantic movie, get some popcorn, and snuggle up on an outdoor sofa.
4. Light My Fire.
What’s more romantic than a crackling fire? A crackling fire under the stars. If you have a firepit, then you’ve got the makings of a great date night. Snuggle up close on an outdoor love seat and just relax. If you’re interested in sweetening the deal, try toasting marshmallows, or even making smores.
5. Do a Little Dance.
Slow dancing is a timeless romantic activity that can be done anywhere, including your backyard. Nowadays, there are so many streaming music stations and portable devices available that it’s easy to listen to music anywhere. Pick your favorite romantic music, whether it’s classic jazz, contemporary love songs, or power ballads, and take your partner for a spin around your own private dance floor.
6. Give Gourmet Grilling a Go.
Think about firing up the grill for date night. But we’re not talking about hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken legs. For something more sophisticated and just as simple, pick up some pre-made mini pizza crusts and add gourmet toppings like goat cheese, arugala, prosciutto, and heirloom tomatoes. Grill until the cheese melts and you have a romantic summer meal. For dessert, place summer fruits like peaches and watermelon on the grill for just a few minutes. Eat the fruit as is or place it on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
7. Set Up Camp.
Turn your date night into a date “all nighter” by camping out in the backyard with your significant other. Set up a small tent and create a romantic atmosphere by stringing lights, lighting tiki torches, and playing soft music. Add in comfortable pillows, air mattresses, and blankets—anything you need to feel comfortable and cozy.