Easy Date Night: Backyard Tent

 

Being new parents we realized real quick that we had to rethink our date nights. Now not only do we literally have a mini third wheel, but we needed to come up with some options for at-home dates that actually feel special. With the weather warming up I wanted to think of a fun way to utilize our outdoor space, so when I saw this pop up baby tent it was a no brainer that we needed it in our life!!

 

Now my hubby and I are both foodies, so next was thinking about a fun outdoor meal to enjoy on our date that involved little to no cooking, that is easy to eat while sitting, and quick preparation. I instantly thought of finger foods and then thought it would be fun to make a charcuterie board. The hardest part was narrowing down what to put on my board… so for the first date I decided to go with two. I did a more traditional cheese and meat board and a Mediterranean themed board. Both were so simple to throw together and delicious!!

 

For ambiance we added candles and our favorite oldies mix (we prefer to listen from our record player). Our little guy loved being outside and being able to sit and chew on his teether while checking out the yard so it was a win for all of us!!

 

The best part of this date night idea is that the whole family was able to enjoy it (even our dog, Kingston) and it is really easy to customize to your families preferences. We’ve already redone this date with other themes and setups depending on our mood. The possibilities are endless!

 

 

Here is what you need for the boards:

Cheese and meat board:

Crackers

Meats: Prosciutto and Salami

Cheese Selection: Brie and Cream Cheese (I did this to add with the Peperoncinis to my salami)

Fruits: Grapes, Pear, Apple, Blackberries

**I would have added a nut, but I had that on my other platter

 

Mediterranean Board:

Hummus

Pitas (Fresh, cut into quarters and smaller bite size)

Pita Chips (you do not need both but I wanted a variety)

Feta Cheese

Olive Medley

Nuts: Candied walnuts

Red Bell pepper

Peperoncini

Basil, lemon, or fresh herb for garnish

 

Some other themes I plan on doing:

Game night with finger foods and yard games (large jenga, washers, ladder golf, corn hole)

Wine tasting with a cheese and chocolate pairing

Grill and Chill

Hot dogs and s’mores on the fire pit

Fondue Night

Pizza party

 

How would you do your tent date night??

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