Thursday, March 1, 2012

The "Our Movie" Date

Several months ago, my kids were looking over my shoulder as I looked up fun & interesting "Date Night" ideas for my husband & I. A few of them were based on a movie theme, and that seemed like a great idea... but none of the movies were OUR favorite movies. They asked if we could come up with a special Princess Bride date-night, since that's one of our families all-time favorite movies. And... they wanted to HELP with the details!

After a few discussions, we decided this would be best done with a slightly larger budget than our average date-night, so at the kids' insistence we told my husband that WE would be planning our next anniversary - and that it would be a surprise. He was pretty shocked that the kids were going to be planning this with me, but promised not to pester the kids for details.

For fun, each element of the day was based on a line straight from the movie. To begin with, we told DH "Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up." Then we presented him with the soundtrack to the movie, and this canvas print that we'd had made earlier with quotes from the movie.
He immediately figured out the theme for the day, and started asking when we'd be dueling left-handed. (Drat, should have thought of that!)

Then we headed to Caribou Coffee, (a favorite "splurge-spot") to order our favorite drinks... to replicate the quote "First, let's drink. Me from my glass, and you from yours."

During lunch, we handed him a copy of the book The Art of Kissing - to which, of course, he asked "Is this a kissing book?" And for dessert, we pulled out some fresh strawberries & bananas for a chocolate fondue snack because of course "The chocolate coating makes it go down easier."

Then we opened a new game for the Wii... National Geographic Challenge, (which is REALLY great for kids wanting to practice up on all sorts of world geography trivia!) saying "In that case, I challenge you to a battle of wits." This ended up being a girls-against-boys challenge because the questions were SO hard, but everything ended well... the girls won, of course. *grins*

We had PLANNED on having a four-way Just Dance competition in honor of the quote "We face each other as God intended... sportsmanlike. No tricks, no weapons, skill against skill alone." but decided against it, as I wasn't feeling terribly well. *sigh* Oh well, the best intentions & all that...

Since my husband has chosen where we eat out for EVERY ONE of our anniversary dinners, we decided to use the quote "As you wish" to let him choose once again. He turned the tables on us however, saying he really felt like fast-food since we rarely eat out anymore, and we all chose DIFFERENT restaurants & brought everything home to eat.

After dinner, we set up a cute little bedsheet-tent in the living room, made from vintage bedsheets & 1x2 lumber. When the kids were little, we used to pitch our tent inside the living room every February, and call it "winter camping" to help break up the monotony of cabin fever. Since having to give up tent-camping, we haven't done this in a few years however, and decided to recreate the experience in a slightly more playful manner. DH loved the tent, but I think the kids have enjoyed it more than him.

From within our tent, curled up with our favorite blankets, we watched the movie The Princess Bride... with movie-sized boxes of chocolate-covered peanuts, which my daughter handed out asking "Anybody want a peanut?"

My husband LOVED our little adventure-date. By the end of it, he was trying to guess what the next quote would be, and even had a few suggestions we HADN'T thought of! It was fun to take a day to play with the kids, act like kids ourselves, and reflect that while we may have been married for 17 years... we're not too old to have fun!

18 comments:

Catherine said...

This is such an adorable idea! (Got here via your link on Dating Divas' Princess Bride date idea post). This movie is a favorite of ours and I know my husband would love a date centered around this move :) Do you have a larger version of the print you had made? I'd love have that printed and up our our wall, but I'm not sure it would turn out well with the resolution you posted here. If you don't mind sharing, we'd love to enjoy it in our home too!

gigi24 said...

I believe I may be using some of these ideas for our 26th anniversary this is one of my husband's all time favorite movies and a day to play and act like kids again may just be what is needed. Thank you for all the great ideas.

I got here through Dating Divas.

homeschoolmama said...

Catherine - I do have a high-res version of the printout... I uploaded it to Costco and kept the original. It is HUGE but if you'd care to share your email, I could send it to you!

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to have a copy of the high resolution too if you care to share. Our first date anniversary is coming this weekend. We watched this movie the weekend we first met. Could I please have it as well? Thanks, Traci

Anonymous said...

Forgot to add my email. :-)
vbcutie2000@hotmail.com

I would love to have a print made for our anniversary.

THANKS!!!!!

Kelli Reppert said...

please send to me too. love this

Kelli.reppert@gmail.com

what a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Please send me the high res file too! I'm planning this date for my hubby. I have never watched The Princess Diaries, but it is a HUGE favorite of my hubby's.

juliesweeps@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this. Especially the Print. Along with everyone else, could you please email the file to me as well?

brantley1234@gmail.com

Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I also found your site via Dating Divas and would love to use the print as well if you don't mind emailing it! Thank you for such great ideas...I can't wait for this date!
Thank you!
rcurlin@gmail.com

Jenni said...

Would you be so kind as to send me a copy of the print? 1busymom@gmail.com

Thanks!

shannon.gander said...

Can I get the photo emailed to me too?
shannonganders@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Love a print too, please.
dowie49556@mypacks.net
Thanks,
Marcy
PS saw the link on the Dating Divas

Karen Gray said...

How popular is this film?! My husband and I share a love for this movie and i would be extremely grateful if you would be willing to send the high resolution file to me at arkinsg@gmail.com. This would be a welcome addition to our anniversary celebrations next month. Thank you doe sharing your wonderful ideas!

Misty Lampman said...

My Hubby and I watched this film together when we were dating! We still quote lines from this movie often. I would greatly appreciate a copy of the doc as well as we are about to celebrate 4 years! Thank you kindly!
mrs.lampy669@gmail.com

Natasha Burris said...

I would love a high resolution copy too :-) My email is natashaburris@gmail.com

Sandra Schmidt said...

i would also LOVE the high res file. sandy@ispud.net. Thanks SO much!

Alan said...

If you are still offering I would also love a copy of the quotes for my wife for our upcoming anniversary. Thanks! Penglynns@gmail.com

Susanna said...

I just arrived at your post through Dating Divas. I would love the file of your Princess Bride quote print if you still have it, you did a fabulous job! zanobo@gmail.com