Outdoor Movie Night

Outdoor Movie Night

The idea of going to a drive-in movie theater always appealed to me. Laying under the stars, popcorn in hand, watching a film seemed like the perfect date night – until I actually experienced it. While I was a fan of watching a film under the stars, I wasn’t keen on the fact that the movie ended at midnight and we still had a long drive home from the theater ahead of us. Therefore, I decided to make a few modifications to throw the perfect outdoor movie night!

Outdoor Movie Night

You don’t need to drive to the countryside to enjoy an outdoor movie. Just throw down a blanket in your backyard, add a few pillows and you have set the stage for a cozy date night. Bonus points if you add a few twinkle lights!

Outdoor Movie Night

Add in a few of your favorite snacks and you are ready to snuggle in and watch a film. You can get fancy with a projector, but we chose to keep things simple and propped up an iPad. This date night is the perfect way to get outside and enjoy the ambiance of a drive-in theater in your own backyard!

Laid Back Picnic Guide

Laid Back Picnic Guide

I’ve always loved a good picnic. Growing up, it was such a treat to pack up the car with a cooler full of food for an afternoon picnic at Devils Lake. Eating outside is such a simple thing to do, but it always felt exciting and special.

Laid Back Picnic Guide

My love of picnics quickly became apparent to Ian when we started dating in college and one day he surprised me with my very own picnic basket! We spent many summer evenings carrying our basket around to picturesque locations around campus for an inexpensive date night.

Laid Back Picnic Guide

Over the weekend I saw our picnic basket in the closet and decided it was time we broke it out. We could have ran to the grocery store for supplies to prepare a full-blow picnic, but I wanted to be spontaneous and enjoy a laid back afternoon. I filled mason jars with fresh fruit, hummus, and carrots, then placed them in the basket with two bottles of our favorite seltzer soda. After a quick stop at Jimmy Johns for sandwiches our picnic basket was full and ready for a lazy afternoon soaking up the sun by the lake.

Laid Back Picnic Guide

Laid Back Picnic Guide

What are your quick and easy picnic essentials?

Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza. Perfect for a stay-at-home date night!

One of the highlights of hosting sleepovers when I was young were the make-your-own pizza stations. My mom would buy mini pizza crusts and an array of toppings so we could make our own mini creations.

Homemade Pizza. Perfect for a stay-at-home date night!

Recently, Ian and I were at a loss of what to do for our date night. Then I remembered these pizza party sleepovers and ran out to the store to pick up a few ingredients. When I got home Ian had put on a record and we began decorating our personalized pizza!

Homemade Pizza. Perfect for a stay-at-home date night!

It was a low-key date night, but we enjoyed spending time in the kitchen together. We even turned up the music volume and had an impromptu pajama dance party in the kitchen while our pizza was in the oven. It just goes to show sleepover parties are always a good idea – even when you’re an adult!

Homemade Pizza. Perfect for a stay-at-home date night!

Homemade Pizza

  • Prepare your pizza dough or purchase a pre-made crust (we chose a Boboli thin crust)
  • Spread an even layer of pizza sauce over the crust
  • Top with shredded cheese
  • Layer with your desired toppings (we went with black olives, pepperoni, and spinach)
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 450˙
  • Let cool and serve