When was the last time you had a picnic? Or took the time to gaze up at the stars with your favorite person? Summer is the perfect time to grab a blanket and your picnic basket and head outdoors on a cool, clear evening for date night. Here are some of our favorite tips for taking your meal to go.

No phones allowed. Go to any restaurant these days and you’ll see a couple on a date sitting across from one another on their cell phones. No, no! Not allowed tonight because the night sky and stimulating conversation should be more than enough entertainment.

Pick the perfect basket. Not to brag, but our version contains all the essentials you’ll need—from plates, utensils, and glasses to even the often-forgotten bottle opener. It’s nice for everything to have a place and for these items to be able to stay inside your basket, making it easier to grab and go.

Set the mood! Bring a vase full of fresh flowers or pick them yourselves. Curl up by the cozy light of a lantern and play some of your favorite music. Mini portable speakers are so inexpensive. It all helps to add a little ambiance.

Ask questions. When you see someone all the time, it can get really easy to slip into autopilot when it comes to date-night conversation. Brainstorm some fun questions you can ask one another. You’ll be surprised by some of the answers. How cool is that?

Waterproof the blanket. Don’t let damp grass deter you. Place an affordable plastic tablecloth underneath your favorite gingham blanket. It will keep any moisture from the ground or grass from seeping through. Bring some pillows too, for maximum comfort.

Bring bite-sized food. Nothing that really needs to be cut with a fork and knife. It’s too hard to do on the ground. Sandwiches, pasta salad, fruit—anything tiny enough that you can eat with a fork will be the most enjoyable. Who can resist a cheese plate?

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