Guide to the perfect picnic date

With the sun shining, life getting that little bit closer to normal (plus four weeks, cheers Boris), and most importantly it being International Picnic Day, it's time to start planning a romantic picnic date with Elate!

A picnic is the ideal outdoor date; it’s fun, it’s easy to plan and it doesn’t have to be a big faff - you can keep it simple with a blanket and BYO food and drink.

From escaping a bee attack to must-know picnic hacks that will BLOW YOUR MIND, here’s everything you need to know to impress your date on a picnic for pros. 

What to bring

A picnic date isn’t something you can really do spontaneously. But it’s great for a casual first date, as you can both agree to bring your own food and drink to avoid any awkwardness. Here’s everything you need to remember:

Food ideas

No one likes sticky fingers and stained clothes, do they? We suggest opting for more simple, snacky foods, avoiding stuff like pizza and wings. 

Battersea Park, London

Choose the best picnic spot

The location of your picnic is quite important. It’s England, so a light shower during the summer isn’t a shock, which is why choosing a picnic spot with shelter nearby is always a good idea. Here’s how to choose the best spot for your date.

Our favourite picnic hacks

Who doesn’t love a good hack? Make your life easier and impress your date all at the same time. Thank us later!

How to deal with unwanted visitors, aka bees

One of the worst parts of the summer is the range of guests that come out to play. Bees being one of them. They won’t leave you alone sometimes, but you don’t want to make a scene on your first date… so here’s how to style out a bee attack, as gracefully as possible. 

Now imagine the scene. The sun’s out, you’ve got a glass of your favourite drink in hand, your outfit looks banging, music is playing, you’re laughing. Everything is going surprisingly well. Then you hear it, buzzing around your ear. Your body freezes. 

This is where you have two choices. You can either choose to go ape sh*t and make a run for it, or you can follow our advice and attempt to smile through the pain. Much easier said than done, we know.

However, if it ends up being a wasp and not a bee… ignore everything we’ve just said and RUN AND DON’T LOOK BACK.

Tell us your dating disasters

Finally… we’re keen to hear any dating picnic disasters you’ve had, what you would do differently from experience, and any tips you have for daters going on their first one!

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