Décor and Delicacies for the Perfect Date Night on the Dock

Date Night on the Dock- Southern Lady Magazine

The summer night is like a perfection of thought.

—Wallace Stevens

Under the glow of a sunset, cast cares away with a date night on the dock that is the epitome of casual chic. Taking cues from the water, cool shades of aqua and indigo bring serenity to the scene, while warmer hues inspired by the setting sun lend a hint of summer fun.

Date Night on the Dock- Southern Lady Magazine

Rope and raffia add nautical notes to the décor, and a retro-style mp3 player sets the mood with music. DIY ideas abound in the form of birch-log votive holders to a giant-size version of Jenga. Homemade citronella candles keep bugs at bay and lend a romantic glow—aided by lanterns and string lights.

Date Night on the Dock- Southern Lady Magazine

Serve fun, fruity drinks and apps on a pallet-style picnic area, then embark on a sea-inspired dinner of Grilled Shrimp Kabobs at a table for two. After enjoying Vanilla-Bourbon Crème Brûlée for dessert, take the canoe out, or simply sit and watch the sky trade the sun for the moon and stars. This menu is sure to set the perfect mood for a lovely evening lakeside soiree.

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