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!