An affordable fall picnic date

6 Steps to a Romantic Fall Picnic

by Christy Pessemier

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Picnics often are forgotten as a date idea for married couples, especially during the fall when the weather begins to get colder. But why pass by a great opportunity to get closer as a couple while taking in the gorgeous colors and smells of the fall season?

Unlike a crowded, loud restaurant, picnics are the perfect setting to reconnect in a private and tranquil atmosphere. And, they don't have to cost a lot of money or take much time to prepare.

As the author of the blog,, I'm always looking for fun and frugal ways to go on dates together. So, I put together a list of six ways to enjoy a picnic together without breaking the bank.

Go on a Romantic Fall Picnic

Here they are:

  1. Always check the weather report! You don't want to end up buying food and finding the perfect spot only to get drenched. A few minutes of prep time here makes a world of difference.

  2. To find the perfect spot, do a little research. Check your town or towns nearby for good places to go on a picnic. You can usually find a lot of options searching on the websites of your local parks.

  3. Set a budget for your picnic and go shopping. My husband and I have two favorite grocery stores we love to frequent together. If it's the local chain discount store, it's not quite the same. It may not sound romantic to shop together, but when you're at a place you both enjoy browsing in and you're picking out items for a date, it's a lot more fun. And, the shopping counts as a date too!

  4. On the day of the picnic, pack items a few hours ahead of time so you're not rushed. Good picnic items include specialty bread pre-sliced for sandwiches (we make our sandwiches ahead of time), a favorite sandwich meat and fillings, grapes, strawberries, dark chocolate, and a bottle of wine or sparkling juice. You can also pack a fun dessert and feed it to each other to make things even more fun.

  5. Grab a cooler or basket to pack your picnic meal in. Be sure to stick ice packs in to keep the food cold. Key items include a picnic blanket, wine glasses, bottle opener, napkins, and a camera.

  6. Dress for the weather. Fall weather can change fast, so make sure to wear layers. We're used to being inside for long periods, so it's best to plan for the outdoor chill.

In just a few steps and a few dollars, you are ready for a memorable and romantic fall picnic. Make sure to take lots of pictures, because this is a date you won't forget.

Share your experience with me on I'd love to hear how your fall picnic went!

Christy Pessemier, Freelance Writer, is the author of the blog For more ideas on low-cost dates, follow 20dollardatenight on Facebook and Twitter.

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