Bring the Date to You

Sep 02, 2021
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For many of us around Australia, dates seem like a distant memory. As we’re put in and out of lockdown it’s time to get a little crafty when it comes to dates. If you can’t make it to the bar, maybe bring the bar to you.


With summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to have a picnic, and with a limit on park time for some states, it might be time to get a little creative.


Whether it’s with your significant other, the whole fam or even your housemates, a backyard picnic is the perfect way to pass the time. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to picnicking in style.


Couples’ Picnic


It’s hard without bars, the cinema, or your favourite restaurant to go to for date night. But date nights don’t have to be put on hold. Lay down a blanket, grab a bottle of your favourite wine and bring out the bluetooth speaker. It’s a date underneath the stars.


The Setup


Go overboard! Lay rugs, blankets, pillows from the couch. A blanket for when the mercury drops, have a cuddle under the night sky. Tealight candles and some fresh picked greenery from the garden is a nice touch. 


The Menu


Wine and cheese, yes please! This is the time to bust out the hard cheese, the soft cheese, the smelly and the creamy. Pair it with some high quality honey, delicious cold meats, and an array of fresh fruits. Rank the cheese with your loved one, discussing which ones you like the most and why! Some crunchy gourmet bread on the side and a little Etta James on the speaker and you won’t even miss the hubbub of a busy bar.


The Drinks


Champagne to kick things off. A little bubble never hurt anyone. Prosecco is a good option too, and drop a little hibiscus in it for a fruity finish. Depending on the weather, a crisp rosè or a light bottle of Tempranillo is the perfect accompaniment for this dreamy date.


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The Family


Keeping the family entertained can be a struggle. Having a date night can be a struggle when the family is there 24/7. But, there’s nothing like getting the whole family involved, make it a family affair lying in the backyard. Kids, dogs, cats — everyone is welcome to this picnic.


The Setup


Picnic blankets, water balloons, a few balls to throw around. Get creative and crafty. Maybe some canvases and paints, bring the mess outside. Have the kids painting and running amuck while you lay down on the picnic blanket, bring yourself a book and keep one eye open on the mayhem around.


The Menu


Fire up the BBQ and keep this as simple as possible. It’s sausage sizzle time! Snags, onions, white bread. Fill up bowls of chips, pretzels, lollies. Maybe some Zooper Doopers and nothing beats some ice cold wedges of oranges. It’s time to have a treat day for both you and the kids. Corn chips and salsa for mum and dad. Finish it off with a big pile of lamingtons. Nothing like a fuss-free dinner to keep everyone happy.


The Drinks


Red lemonade for the kids. They’ll already be bouncing off the walls, why not just top it up some more? Beer for dad, a glass of Chardonnay for mum. Couldn’t ask for anything better.


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The Housemates


It’s a struggle for those in sharehouses. Instead of socialising on the weekends with their respective groups it’s a lot of time spent together. Big household dinners are great, but it can be a little tiring of seeing the same four walls. So, why not bring the big group picnic home instead? With no significant others, it’s no need to miss out on the fun.


The Setup 


Games galore! Cards Against Humanity, Cheat!, Giant Jenga, Trivia, Truth or Dare. Get to know each other. A big picnic blanket, a few eskies filled to the brim. If you’ve got the space, a blow up pool.


The Menu


Hot chook and salad rolls. Iconic Australian feast in the backyard. Save the cooking for another time and the UberEats for the next day. Some crunchy lettuce, melty cheese, slices of tomatoes. Boxes of Shapes, some corn chips and homemade guac. Bake a cake for the occasion or grab a Coles’ mud cake. 


The Drinks


It’s cocktail hour! Time to each make a jug of your favourite cocktail: from Pimms to Margaritas to some refreshing Mojitos. The more fruits and packed full of ice the better. Have cocktail making lessons in the backyard, and show off your skills.


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