You can't go to a fancy restaurant for every date night. For those nights you're stuck at home, here are five easy steps on how to plan a movie night in!
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How to Plan a Movie Night In
During the holidays, my husband and I don't get nearly as many date nights as we would like. There's so much to do for everyone in our life this time of year. So trying to find some time in a babysitter's schedule is tough enough. Let alone trying to find time in our own schedule.
We still need date nights and that one-on-one time together no matter what. Instead of trying to have a date night out during the holidays, we have to go for date nights in. But with two girls at home, we have to wait until after their bedtime to get our date night time in.
In the days before kids, movie night used to be our go to at home date night. But with our high ceilings and open floor plan with catwalk, little feet can hear and see everything. So movies still have to be on the kid-friendly side and not too loud. A few years ago my husband went partially deaf in his left ear so that just was not working.
Instead of date night on the couch, we now have in-home date nights in our room.
5 Easy Steps to Plan a Movie Night In
1. Find your space. We were late to the game on having a TV in our bedroom, so this is a new option for us. Before having a bedroom we occasionally would bring a laptop to bed so we could stay comfy and watch movies without waking the kids.
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2. Agree on a movie. Depending on how similar your movie taste is with your spouse, this may take the most time to choose. We stream all of our movies in our bedroom for date nights. I like to choose new movies for date nights where we're calling it a date night. I leave binging a series, old favorites, or Christmas movies for kids for other nights.
3. Make snacks. Every movie night needs snacks. Whether you go order in takeout after the kids go to bed, have an antipasto picnic, or just popcorn snacking together makes it feel more like a date night.
4. Set the mood. Dim the lights, shut the door and put your cell phone away just like in a movie theater. Not having devices in your hand will make it feel more like a date night and quality time together.
5. Talk about the movie. But not until after it's over. Unless of course, the movie ends up being really bad and you both agree to choose something else.