Who say’s every date has to be elaborate or expensive? This couples day date idea is an inexpensive and adventurous alternative!
No one ever said dates have to be super elaborate or expensive to be memorable. They also never said being newly self employed was easy…
So it’s a good thing there are equally fun alternatives to the “just like the movies” dates that people tend to forget about… like biking to a picnic spot in one of your favorite neighborhoods as a couples day date idea,
Because that’s the kind of budget we’re on!
I’m also not referring to the Pinterest picnics where someone miraculously packed a fine china cake stand with perfectly iced cupcakes to place next to their dapper, model boyfriend who would never actually be caught dead sitting on a monogrammed cashmere throw in matching outfits in public.
No, this is a real life couples day date that you can actually pack in a bicycle basket with your (equally dapper, that part was true) boyfriend and can still be just as cute and thought out as any.
Obviously, you’ll need a cute bike to start out.
And we did just that with our bikes from Brooklyn Bicycle Co .
Check out how I packed our real life picnic.
Plus, I need to show how I put my Polka Dot DIY Bicycle Basket to good use!
True to our personalities, Jared chose the Bedford seven speed in matte black (slight edgy of course, but still classic), and I chose the Franklin seven speed in white (if they had it in white and gold, I would’ve died!).
What to Pack in Your Picnic Basket
To get everything to and from our picnic spot, I neatly packed up my polka dot basket with the wooden serving board and marble plate at the bottom and blanket on top of that cushioning the sodas.
Then, I filled a small box with tangerines, grapes, cheese, and utensils.
Of course, chocolate should always be a necessity.
And baking homemade treats into mini mason jars makes traveling with them super easy!
This “box” makes for a great date night gift basket idea too!
This little picnic goes to show not everything we do is always super girly.
There are just enough details to make it feel special. But not so much that it’s a burden to carry or unrealistic.
The modern patterned blanket from Spearmint Love is one of my long time favorites. And has just enough going on with to make it seem full.
Of course, pink cheese never hurt anyone and we all know there needs to be some girly Instagramming at some point!
Couples Day Date Idea Sources
- Eco Cross Blanket by Spearmint Love
- Franklin Bike for me
- Bedford Bike for him
- Polka Dot DIY Bicycle Basket
- Paxton Glitter Oxfords from Kate Spade
- Polka dot sweater from Target
- My favorite skinny jeans of all time from GAP
- Joyful Bauble Necklace from Baba Souk
- His shoes from Nordstrom
- His jeans from H&M
- His shirt from JCrew Factory
- Photos by Ling Wang Photography
303 thoughts on “Couples Day Date Idea”
I really like the Willow 7 Speed Bike!
I pick Driggs 7 Seven Speed Bicycle black
WILLOW 7 SEVEN SPEED BICYCLE IN BLACK
Franklin seven speed in white like you
i would get the Bedford Single Speed in black for cruzing grand rapids
I love the Willow 7 Speed.
I would love a sweet and simple single speed white Franklin! With a basket too of course! :) I have a neighbor who rides hers to the grocery store down the street. Eventually, I’ll get a bike and do the same, haha.
I think I would choose the Franklin 7 Speed in Cardinal Red!
I would love a Bedford in matte grey! Such cute bikes!
I really like the willow three speed
I think I would enjoy the Willow 3 speed or the Franklin.
I actually like their Franklin Single Speed the best….me and my hubby could use that!
7 speed! Sea glass yes please!
I would choose the Franklin 7 speed in white.
I would like the Willow 7 Seven Speed Bicycle
Id love one of these bikes to update our family bike rides!
Willow 3 Three Speed Bicycle in burgundy
I like the Franklin Single Speed.
Willow 3 Three Speed Bicycle in burgundy. Looks very cute.
I love the Franklin Seven Speed in white!
i am guessing i would go with the Franklin 7speed in beige or red
I do believe I have fallen in love with the Bedford 7-Speed in Ivory.
I would choose the Willow 3 three speed bicycle.
Love this! Everything about this day date is perfect!
Def the Franklin 7 speed!
I love the Willow 7-speed in the black.
I would like to own the BEDFORD SEVEN SPEED in matte black
like the willow 7
I’ve been eyeing the Willow 3 speed in cardinal red for months now!
Definitely the Franklin Single Speed in ivory!
Love the WILLOW 7 speed so much
I would choose Franklin Single Speed
willow 7 speed in white
My pick would be the Willow in white.
Driggs 3 Three Speed Bicycle – Soft Burgundy Limited Edition
Bike rides are my favorite dates! I am in love with the Franklin 7 speed in white….classic and cute!
I want the WILLOW 3 THREE SPEED BICYCLE!
Franklin 7 Speed in White
Would like to have the Bedford Seven Speed
I like the BEDFORD SEVEN SPEED
Would love the tangerine one
I like the Franklin Seven speed in cardinal red.
I think I would choose the Willow 7 speed bike in black.
The Bedford seven speed has my name all over it!
Driggs limited edition is interesting.
I like the vintage look of the willow seven speed
i would choose the Bedford Seven Speed
I like the Franklin Seven Speed.
love to win the bedford seven speed. thankyou, ken
Bedford seven speed!
Franklin seven speed!
Bedford seven speed :) just awesome!
DANA S TRUITT!!!
I love the Bedford Seven Speed, it is a gorgeous baby blue!! PERFECt!!
I would choose the Bedford Seven Speed for my husband!
My favorite bicycle would be the Bedford single speed. Thats one really nice bike.
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE Brooklyn Bicycle bikes! I owened a Pashley Princess Sovereign in Europe and since I moved to NY that I’ve had my eye on getting a Brooklyn bicycle. I would have to ride them to make up my mind but my favorites are the Willow 3 Three Speed Bicycle – Soft Burgundy Limited Edition, the Willow 7 Seven Speed Bicycle and the Franklin Seven Speed <3
The Franklin Seven Speed in cardinal red is the bike I would choose.
I would choose the Franklin Seven Speed in Cardinal Red (Medium)
I would definitely pick the BEDFORD SEVEN SPEED in Black. Fingers Crossed! Thanks for this awesome chance to win!
The Willow 3 Three Speed – in Cardinal Red!
I really like the Bedford Seven Speed.
Willow seven speed! Beautiful bicycles.
I love all the style of Brooklyn Bicycle but I would have to say the Willow is my favorite. I love picturing riding my bike with the baskets going to the farmers market and filling the baskets up with lots of wonderful goodies. Love the polka dot basket!
Franklin 7 Speed. Thanks for the giveaway!
The Franklin Seven Speed in Ivory is so darling!
Franklin seven speed in red….Love it and it would be perfect for a fundraiser for my daughters softball team. They are the Lady Reds :)
LOVE the Franklin 7 speed in white!
The Bedford Seven Speed! These bikes are awesome!
I would get the Franklin Seven Speed in gloss black.
Franklin Single Speed in black
Willow 7-speed Bike in the Sea Glass love the color!
Willow three speed in sea glass. Perfect!
I would choose the Franklin 7 speed bike.
I’d love to get the bedford 7 speed for my husband!
i like the Driggs-3-Three-Speed-Bicycle.
I would get the FRANKLIN SINGLE SPEED in Ivory.
I would choose the Willow 7-speed – cute bike
I would choose the Franklin Seven Speed
The Franklin 7-speed.
I would choose the BEDFORD SEVEN SPEED in Ivory
I’d go for the Driggs Seven Speed Bicicle in DENIM BLUE cause I’m 4ever in blue jeans baby! It’s worth Drigging into my pocket for the extra $250 ’cause it’s one classy bike!! :)
Driggs 3 speed please!!!
Franklin 7 speed
I’d choose the black Bedford Seven Speed =)
The matte grey colored Bedford 7 speed bike
The bike I’d choose is the Blue Willow 7 Seven Speed Bicycle
Too cute and fun. I’d probably get the Franklin Seven Speed in Cardinal Red.
Franklin Seven Speed in red
Bedford seven speed
i like the Franklin Single Speed
I love the Driggs-7-Seven-Speed-Bicycle!
I like the Willow Seven Speed
I JUST LOVE THE WILLOW SEVEN SPEED
I love the WILLOW 7 SEVEN SPEED BICYCLE in Columbia Blue!
The Franklin Seven Speed in Cardinal Red.
I would pick the
WILLOW 3 THREE SPEED BICYCLE in Seafoam
Sea Glass I mean
Hope to win. I need a new bike
I would pick the Bedford seven speed
Franklin seven speed in white
I would choose the Bedford Seven Speed
i like the FRANKLIN SEVEN SPEED
Bedford Single Speed in gray!
I love the 7 speed willow!!!!
I love the Franklin Seven Speed in cardinal red, especially with a bike basket similar to yours!
Love the sodas they chose
I would choose the Franklin Seven Speed in black!
Definitely a Franklin 7 Speed!
I like the FRANKLIN SINGLE SPEED
I love the Driggs 7 seven speed in Denim Blue. There needs to be more bicyclists in Atlanta. There isn’t enough and I would ride the heck out to the bike.
I like the Franklin seven speed bike!
The willow would definitely be my choice
I would choose the Bedford seven speed in matte black for my husband if I were lucky enough to win.
Willow seven…any color…red, white or blue
I think I would choose the Franklin 7 speed
The Willow seven speed is nifty! I’m not sure which color I would like.
Looks like a great prize to me!
7 speed in black!
I really want the Driggs 7 Seven Speed Bicycle the most.
Bedford 7 speed in black
If you have to wear polka dots while riding theses bikes, I may have to take a pass. lol
I need a new bike mine is 24 years old.
such a cute idea! and i love the Franklin in white, the stitching on the handle is lovely :)
The 7 speed in Sea Glass is very cute!
Franklin 7 Speed in Black
Willow in blue
The franklin in white.
We love bike riding! I would pick the Franklin 7 speed
Love the photos. That’s definitely a prize I would enjoy!
I would choose the Willow 3 speed! I’ve been looking to exchange my old mountain bike for a city bike for a while now.
love the franklin single speed ! <3
I would look so stylish with my new Bedford Seven Speed
I like the Driggs 7 Seven Speed Bicycle
I love this bike, I would chose the FRANKLIN SINGLE SPEED in white
These are absolutely beautiful… My favorite is the Franklin 7-speed in ivory.
I like the Franklin 7 speed bike!
Franklin 7 Speed in Ivory
I like the Willow 7-speed Bike.
My love and I could definitely use a long bike ride!
Bedford single speed
My favorite is the Willow 3 Three Speed Bicycle.
franklin in white
How amazing are those bikes?!
The white one is to die for!
I love the one Jared chose for my husband. I’ve been wanting to get him a bike this style. PS- he just made your DIY watercolor art for our daughter’s room and it is super cute! thank you.
The Willow 3-speed in sea glass would be so cute.
I want all the bikes!
Franklin seven speed in white!
tangerine three speed willow
I like the Bedford Seven Speed
Oh the franklin in white is to die for!!
I am in love with the Franklin seven speed in ivory white, but I also love the willow in sea glass. Torn. Beautiful bikes!
Franklin Seven Speed Brooklyn Bike in White!
Iwould get the Bedford Seven Speed in Matte Grey
I really like the WILLOW 7 SEVEN SPEED BICYCLE in blue. So cute and looks comfortable too.
THE BEDFORD 7 SPEED LOOKS GOOD TO ME
i like the willow 3 speed in tangerine!
I Would Choose Willow 3 Speed Bike.
The Franklin Seven Speed would be amazing. Perfect for adventures around Santa Monica and Venice… plus a good commuting option to the office!
I really like the Franklin Seven speed.
I love the Willow 3 speed bicycle!
I love the Franklin Single Speed in ivory
i would choose the bedford singe speed!! i love it
I like the Franklin single speed.
I like the BEDFORD SINGLE SPEED
I love the Willow 3 Speed in sea glass – dreamy color!
The Bedford 7 speed would be up my alley, probably black or gray.
franklin 7 speedl
I’m actually surprised I’m saying this but I really love the Franklin Seven Speed in Black.
I would love the Franklin Seven Speed in Ivory
I would love to have the Willow 7 speed in blue.
I would pick the FRANKLIN SEVEN SPEED.
The franklin 7 speed! Cuz 1) i like step through bikes and 2) the more speeds the merrier
I love the Willow 7 Speed in black; a perfect upgrade to my current hand-me-down bike that doesn’t quite cut it commuting in Los Angeles. Fingers and toes crossedQ
I would love the franklin! I have a bike now but it squeaks! It looks perfect!
Are you kidding me right now? I think I would just die of happiness if I won! I sold my little vintage bike a few years ago and I am lost without one. I need need need that Franklin bike! Swoon!
AH! I know where you shot this in Houston. Also, this picnic is far cuter than any I’ve ever had, so props. Thanks for the inspiration.
Franklin 7 speed in black.
The white Franklin 7 speed
I would love the Bedford Single Speed!
I would pick the Franklin 7 speed in black!
The Franklin Seven Speed!
I would pick the franklin seven speed in black
I love elegant ivory of the Franklin Single Speed. I love it so much I want to put a ring…I mean a bell on it!
I’ve been looking for a new bike for a while! hope I win! These are super cute.
LOVE the bike! Would be so perfect for the amazing New Orleans weather we’re having currently.
Riding in style
Such and adorable post! I would choose Ivory & go with the Franklin Seven speed too!
Bedford Single Speed
The Franklin 7 speed in white is so lovely!
I am loving this bike:
Bedford 7 speed in gray
My husband has been begging me to get a bike so that we can ride around the neighborhood together. This would be perfect since I now have a place to put one!
I think I’d go for the Franklin Seven Speed in Red, since I’m currently obsessed with the color <3
Franklin 7 Speed in black is too cute!
so cute! franklin 7 speed in….. white? So many cute ones!
I would pick the Willow 3 Three Speed Bike in Sea Glass!
I live right next to the bikeway and would love the Franklin 7 speed in red.
I would choose the Franklin 7 Speed in Cardinal Red!
A brooklyn gal’s gotta have a brooklyn bike. I think I’d have to go for the Bedford 7-speed in white. Also, pink cheese. What the what??
I’ll take a Franklin Single Speed, please ;)
The Willow 7-speed in black :)
I like the Franklin seven speed bike.
I love the Franklin 7speed bike in white.
I would love the Willow 3 Speed in Sea Glass!
What a cool giveaway! And I love the picnic photos.
I’d like to get the Bedford Seven Speed
your photos are exquisite! every detail is perfect, even down to your necklace, which is so cute BTW
Love this realistic picnic, everything you said about those “Pinterest picnics” was spot on! I would love that Franklin seven speed in white—it looks so perfect with the box.
This is such an amazing giveaway! Would just LOVE to win!! The Sea Grass color is too cute, I might add!
Alice at The Lone Star Looking Glass
I would love to win! I really like the Franklin. Any speed will do!
I love the sea glass color! I would want the Willow 3!
The Franklin 7 speed in black has stolen my heart.
I’d pick the Franklin Single speed
The Franklin Seven Speed in Ivory! Love!
Driggs 7 speed in black!
Ooh la la! I adore the WILLOW 7 SEVEN SPEED BICYCLE in Columbia Blue!
Thank you Brooklyn Bicycle Co and Sugar & Cloth!
The box for your bike is too cute!
The Franklin Seven Speed in Gloss Black is so sleek!
I love the Franklin seven speed in white that you chose!
The Frankline 7 Speed in ivory is gorgeous!
This is awesome! I so want a seven speed!
Franklin 7 speed!
The Willow in sea glass is my dream bike :)
Willow Seven Speed!!!
Oh how swoontastic! I love the franklin in ivory! It’s just so perfect and pretty!!
I love the Bedford 7 Speed in Ivory! I live in Chicago and would LOVE to ride it along Lakeshore Drive during the summer!
Willow in blue!
I adore the model that is featured in this post. There’s nothing like a white bike, even though I live on an island with red clay!
Love the turquoise willow! Also, I love the picnic date idea. Our favorite place to go picnic is discovery green(:
I love the Franklin Seven Speed in White!
i love the willow in columbia blue
WHITE FRANKLIN IS A GORGEOUS ONE
LOVE these bikes!! I would be in heaven if I had the white Willow seven speed. Thanks for the giveaway!
This is adorable! I love both the Franklin and the Willow!
I love the Buy & Ride program! I’d order a Franklin Seven Speed… perhaps in Cardinal red!
I love the Willow 7 Speed in Columbia blue! Thanks for the chance! :)
WILLOW 3 THREE SPEED BICYCLE – SOFT BURGUNDY LIMITED EDITION
I am obsessed with the Franklin single speed in white. The simplicity and detail is A+. (Though, all their bikes are great!)
I’ll take any Brooklyn Bike in Sea Glass PLEASE!!!!!! Love love LOVE!!!!
I’ve been wanting a bicycle for so long! I would absolutely love to have a white Franklin Seven Speed from Brooklyn Bicycle Co. So cute and practical. <3
I love the Bedford seven speed in white
Oh how I love Brooklyn Bicycle Co.’s bikes! I would choose the Medium Driggs 3 Speed in Soft Burgundy. But I’d be happy with ANY of them (-:
Oh my goodness! These bikes are so, so, so amazing! Given that I’ll be moving to the coast of SoCal in September, I NEED one of these! I’m loving the Franklin Seven Speed in White. Fingers are crossed!
Circus & Bloom
Franklin seven speed in white!
The sea glass 3 speed is perfect! Great date idea
The white Franklin! With the basket ah! So perfect!
Willow or Franklin!!
The Willow 3 speed in sea glass!
Willow 3 speed in sea glass. :)
Franklin 7 speed in white! It would make me so happy!
Wilson 3-speed in sea glass!
I love yours, the Franklin!
The Willow 3 Speed in Burgundy is sooo amazing! I guess I could use a new bike since mine has been waiting on the balcony for about a year now, being exposed to all kinds of weather.. ooops!
I really like the Willow 7 speed in blue!
The Franklin single speed is so classic but I love the look of the Willow seven- either would be a blessing!
Def the Willow 3 speed in tangerine!
Love the white!
I absolutely adore the white Franklin seven speed! So classic!
You always have the cutest ideas for any and everything! I’m always impressed by every post you publish. You are brilliant!
Love the driggs 7 speed!
Maybe if I win a bike Spring will get here faster? Love these!
Loving the Willow Three Speed in sea glass!
I would go with the Franklin Seven Speed in white of course!
I’d have to pick the Franklin Seven speed!
The white Franklin 7 speed is perfection!
I’m with you. That Franklin in white is to die for! I’d definitely want to add the rack, too… Or maybe a handle bar basket!
Love that white bike!!
I’d get the franklin seven speed but I’d also have to add the basket :)
The Franklin 7 speed!
Cute blanket! I can’t wait for spring picnics.
Also the Bedford in black is my favorite!
Willow 3 Speed in Columbia Blue!
I love this post, what a great idea. I love the Franklin Seven speed in white. What a beautiful bike!
I would love to get the Franklin 7 speed in Ivory! It’s just so pretty. Also, I love this date idea! One of my first dates with my now husband was a picnic + it was such a lovely time. It would be so fun to recreate that with him. :) Also, love that blanket!
Love the seven speed matte black!!!
Adorable! I’m tickled by the seven-speed Willow is Columbia Blue.
What beautiful bikes! My favorite is the Willow.
The Franklin 7 Speed in Red speaks to me :)
The Willow Seven Speed looks perfect! Such a great color too!
I’d really enjoy the bedford single speed bike :)
The Bedford seven speed for me! I would love to display this in our workshop when we open up in the next few months. Great giveaway! Thanks
The willow and franklin are both perfection! ++Allie
I love thw Willow 7 speed one! The color is just insanely beautiful! <3
I have a long standing crush on pretty bikes.
Such a cute date and a fun, beautiful bike. Love the white!
I would get the Bedford 7 speed in gray. So cute!
The Red one is for me! Would LOVE to have that baby!
Oh my gosh these images are too cute, love your added bike basket!
While I love their colorful bikes I think my pick would be the franklin single in white.
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Ooohhh, I love the Willow 7-speed Bike in the Sea Glass. I follow, I shared. Fingers Crossed. Love your blog. Thanks!
I like the white franklin but the turquoise willow is my first pick! :)
I love the franklin 7 speed or willow 7 speed in white!!
My second choice is the yummy Tangerine three speed Willow. Yum!!
The Willow seven speed is right up my alley! I’m in lust with that color!!
That would be the turquoise
bike. ooooo la la!