We get it, it can be tough to squeeze in a date night. By the time the weekend arrives, both of you are probably too exhausted to dress up and head out for the night. But a date night doesn’t have to mean dinner reservations and valet parking. You can have a memorable night in with your sweetheart just by stepping into your backyard. We love backyard dates for a fuss-free way to unwind, wine, and dine. So, take a break from Netflix for a few hours and browse our backyard date night ideas to create a much-needed romantic evening.
1. Candlelight Dinner
It’s the classic romantic date we measure all others against, but have you ever experienced a candlelight dinner al fresco? Break out your best tableware, cover your outdoor dining table with a fancy tablecloth, and surround your dining space with candles. If you’re worried about bugs and mosquitos, look for pretty scented candles made with citronella oil. They not only smell great but also help repel unwanted winged guests. For dinner, order carryout from your favorite restaurant and serve it outside with a bottle of bubbly. It’s less work for you so you can spend more time together.
2. Paint Date
Painting is a fun activity, even if you’re just doodling. Instead of making a mess inside, take your painting date outdoors. Get the supplies you need, follow along to a YouTube video, and enjoy creating art after dark.
3. Grill Your Meal
Want to show off your searing skills? Get creative and plan an entire meal on the grill — even dessert. Nothing beats grilled oysters, and paella on the grill is as impressive as it is Instagrammable. As for dessert, how about an easy recipe using fruit like cinnamon sugar grilled peaches? They taste just like a peach cobbler — without needing to turn on the oven.
4. Outdoor Movie Night
Grab a big bowl of popcorn, pull out some comfortable outdoor rocking chairs, and settle in for a relaxing movie night under the stars. Consider putting together an outdoor home theater. It’s an investment to get an outdoor TV or projector-and-screen combo, but it’s worth it for all the future backyard date nights!
5. Picnic Date
If you’re looking for a more casual dinner date, a romantic backyard picnic could be just the thing. Choose a soft picnic blanket and accent it with a few outdoor pillows to make it extra cozy. Then, hang string lights overhead to give your picnic area a romantic glow. There are many ways to design a picnic setup, so check out Pinterest for more inspiration.
6. Backyard Game Night
Take your usual indoor game night outside and play a board game or card game on your patio, balcony, or deck. There are also a lot of fun lawn games you can both play like Giant Jenga and cornhole.
7. Watch the Sunset
If you want an easy date night idea, watching a gorgeous sunset from your patio, balcony, or deck is as simple as it gets. Just grab a pair of wine glasses and your favorite bottle of wine, cozy up on a deep seating loveseat, and admire the stunning beauty out on the horizon.
8. Backyard Swim
Have a pool? Enjoy a romantic night swim or skinny dip. Then dry off and enjoy a few cocktails on an Adirondack chair set while counting the stars.
9. Backyard Campout
Who says you need to go to a state park for camping? Set up your own campsite right in your backyard. Pitch a tent, unroll your sleeping bags, and cuddle up next to an open fire. If you don’t have a fire pit installed, think about adding a fire pit table to your outdoor space. It offers an adjustable flame, requires minimal maintenance, and provides plenty of tabletop space for drinks and snacks.
There are loads of ways to make your backyard the perfect date night destination. We’ve shared just a few ideas, but no matter what you decide to do, it’ll feel extra special and memorable spending time with your favorite person outdoors.
We want to know — what’s the perfect backyard date night for you? Tell us in the comments below.