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5 Outdoor Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

5 Outdoor Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

Feb 05 2016

Shake things up this Valentine's Day by moving the romantic evening you had planned inside to the outdoors. Here are five romantic ideas for surprising your valentine in your own backyard:

1. Picnic on the lawn
Don't hesitate to take your romance outside under the sun. Picnics have long been regarded as romantic. Take advantage of that over Valentine's Day. When planning for a picnic, make sure you include classic elements that make picnics different than any other dining experience. Start with a basket; no picnic is complete without an old-fashioned basket. When it comes to plates and silverware, don't settle for plastic. Use real cutlery and cloth napkins. Organize your picnic basket by course, so you know where to reach when you're searching for food items. Try to squeeze foods for an appetizer, main course and, of course, dessert into the container. After you've picked out all your menu items, pack a comfortable blanket. Remember: You're going to be seated (or laying) on the blanket for a while, so find one that's not itchy. It's also a good idea to bring a game or an other activity for you and your date. Think about what you can do in your yard - bocce ball and horseshoes are fun outdoor activities.

2. Movie night outside

The days of drive-in movie theaters might be gone, but that doesn't mean you can't watch a movie outside. System Pavers is proud to bring you outdoor TVs, so you can watch your favorite flick while enjoying the outdoors. It's a good idea to bring extra blankets, in case the temperature drops throughout the night. Don't forget the popcorn either! 

3. S'mores under the stars
Roasting s'mores is always fun, regardless of how old you are. Make sure you have all the ingredients (graham crackers, chocolates and marshmallows) and set up shop by the fire pit after the sun goes down. Bring two skewers so you and your significant other can roast marshmallows at the same time. If you have a telescope, now is as good a time as ever to stargaze with your sweetheart. Even if you don't know much about astrology, bringing a guide to stargazing can help you and your partner learn about constellations together.

4. Romantic dinner
There are plenty of dinner ideas you can tackle outdoors. Plan a romantic dinner for you and your sweetheart that involves the grill. BBQ Islands are perfect for such an occasion. You can create any culinary masterpiece you'd like on our outdoor grill. Let your significant other kick back and relax with a glass of wine while you prepare dinner. Cooking outside means you don't have to worry about a big cleanup in the kitchen, which gives you more time to spend with your loved one.

5. Champagne by the fire

Another easy way to surprise your significant other is to spend time together around the fire pit. It's best to plan this outdoor excursion at night, since that will help make the fire pit the focal point. It will be incredibly romantic to plan an evening filled with bubbly champagne and tasty sweets (think a box of chocolates of truffles). When prepping the champagne for the outdoors, be sure you put together an ice bucket and set aside two glasses. Doing so will prevent you from running back in the house for chilled champagne or glassware. Instead, you can take your time and make your toast when the right moment presents itself. Plus, you can put the opened bottle of champagne in the ice bucket and have chilled champagne for the rest of the night.


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