Beach picnic with vintage suitcase as a table. Sangria and sandwiches for food and comfy cushions for relaxing

Date night idea-late summer picnic

A Late summer picnic- The perfect idea for a date night.

Recently my husband and I were in dire need of a date night.

Something casual and easy (we’ve been a bit busy) where we could sit and catch up with no distractions.

We live in a summer tourist community, so restaurants are very crowded this time of year, so I thought…hey, let’s have a picnic!

It seemed like a perfect idea for a late summer evening; I’ve always believed eating outdoors can add a magical quality to whatever the meal is.

Late summer picnic.

There is nothing better than squeezing in a picnic before the weather turns cooler.

Date night idea- a late summer picnic


Although simple was important, I was also thinking romantic and special.

Because I was pulling this date night together last minute while running through some possible locations, I realized our little stretch of beach outside was the perfect location!

Bonus for being easy, and you can’t beat the proximity!

Adding the pretty picnic details

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The vintage suitcase was the perfect table for our picnic

The first thing I did was drag an old vintage suitcase out and covered it with a tablecloth from Target.

Pretty and functional, don’t you think?

I grabbed a few vases and picked flowers from the yard.

Vintage vases with wildflowers

Adding a blanket and some floor cushions from TJMaxx (similar here) assured us that we would be comfortable sitting for a few hours.

Cozy seating for a late summer picnic

Picnic Food

I ordered sandwiches from our neighborhood deli (keeping it easy) and added some fruit and snacks from our kitchen.

What’s a picnic without a pretty cocktail, served in pretty glasses?

So, I whipped up a batch of my favorite blood orange sangria which is pretty and so so good.

Man cannot live on sandwiches alone

Sandwiches and snacks check.

What about dessert?

Well, we have a firepit sitting right there, so of course, I opted for S’mores!

A firepit adds a touch of romance (and S’MORES)

Yum, I love my S’mores with Reese’s peanut butter cups!

My second favorite combo is with peppermint patties (the thin kind).

Have you tried either?

Who doesn’t love s’more at a picnic?

Our late summer picnic ended up being pure magic!

We watched the sunset, drank sangria long into the evening, and spent several hours talking about everything and nothing at all.

It turns out your backyard can bring a little magic to your late summer date nights.

Lake View

I truly hope this inspires you to pull together whatever you have in your home and make your own magical date night.

Until Next time,


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  1. Kippi Ohern says:

    Gorgeous setting for a relaxing summer treat.

  2. I love this idea! So gorgeous and delicious, definitely would like to try this out. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sara says:

    What a wonderful date night! And S’mores? What s’more could you possibly want to end a magical evening :)!

  4. Cindy says:

    So romantic and beautiful setting.

  5. jodie filogomo says:

    Libbie, I would NEVER have thought to use the suitcase as a table. That’s pure brilliance!!

  6. This is just so beautiful and a great idea for date night!

  7. Maria says:

    What a gorgeous idea! I love picnics

  8. Dara says:

    So beautiful Libbie! I love the idea of using the vintage suitcase for a table. This looks so romantic! Very thoughtful of you.

  9. Lisa says:

    This is so beautiful! I love the colors and the simplicity. How romantic!

  10. What a perfect spot for a picnic! I love how you styled this and the food looks delicious.

  11. Leen says:

    What a fun idea! I love the simplicity, the menu, the location but mostly I love that suitcase 💕

  12. Christy says:

    This looks like the perfect picnic! Love the vintage suitcase . Perfect time of year too! Love it

  13. Marie says:

    What a pretty location! Your set up is so charming. S’mores with Peanut butter cups?? Sounds amazing…drool!!

  14. Meegan says:

    Oh, Libbie! This is absolutely beautiful and creative. From the suitcase as a table, to the delicious menu and the lovely ambiance, I can’t think of a more lovely way to spend a Summer evening. Thanks so much for sharing. Now my creative juices are going everywhere!

  15. I love your antique suitcase and it makes the perfect little picnic table! Your setting is perfect! Pinning!

  16. Wow Libbie you did an amazing picnic. I would love to have one like this. I was drooling just reading your post. And the smores look to die for.

  17. Amy says:

    This is such a great idea!!

  18. Amy says:

    This is such a great idea!! Love it!

  19. Michele says:

    What a beautiful setting for a wonderful night!

  20. Leslie Watkins says:

    Always in for a picnic! Thank you for inspiring me and reminding me to do this! Lovely!

  21. Jayne says:

    What a great idea to have a date night picnic on the beach! Love your cushions from TJMaxx!

  22. Cindy Rust says:

    What a lovely setting for a date night! That suitcase is a-maze-ing!!! And the sandwiches look so yummy! I’m sure your hubby was thrilled with the idea! Pinning!

  23. Janet says:

    This looks like a wonderful summer evening.

  24. Nancy Weiss says:

    This us very romantic, and your artistic style made every detail stand out. Im sure it was a beautiful evening.

  25. This looks wonderful Libbie! Very cozy and romantic! Is that Sangria? My fav. Sounds like a wonderful date night idea with the perfect atmosphere!
    Have a great week!
    jess xx

  26. A good idea Libbie. It’s still to hot here for outside but we do have a table for 2 inside! And a great local sandwich and pizza place down the road.

  27. sucha fun idea and so pretty. Had to feature this on Happiness is Homemade

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  30. I love how you set up such a lovely date night right there on the beach! The suitcase was genius. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

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  32. Kimberly says:

    Thanks for sharing this on Traffic Jam Weekend. Love the s’mores display!

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