Saturday, January 5, 2013

Poor Richard's Almanac: Date Night in Black and White

"Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards."
~from Poor Richard's Alamanac by Benjamin Franklin

When my husband and I started dating, we believed in doing things like rock climbing, and night picnicking, and star-gazing, and grooming.

Things have changed a bit since then.

Now we are just happy if we can go to the grocery store together without having to corral five kids and push a sticky race car shopping cart with skiwampus wheels.

In an effort to recover financially from Christmas (and to live more providently this month) my hubby and I bypassed the nice restaurant and the movie theater and the sticky race car cart last night for a date night at home "in black and white."

And it was FABULOUS!

Here are some ideas for recreating your very own 

Date Night in Black and White . . .

Hubs and I started the evening with a viewing of The Artist.  At first I was hesitant to see this because I couldn't imagine a silent film about a silent film being riveting.  But it was!  This is an absolutely beautiful film.  It is no wonder it won several Academy awards.  

And the best part:  IT IS ON NETFLIX!  Wahoo!

No movie would be complete without a good bowl of popcorn.   

Or you could even create your very own black and white inspired concession stand!  I stocked this one with hors d'oeuvres skewers featuring olives, tomatoes and mozzarella.  (The concessions sign is a picture frame with chalkboard paint.  I added a little flower made from sticky-backed felt for fun.)

And as a sweet end to your date night, serve up a tray of these darling little striped cake pops.  

(Use your favorite recipe for the inside of the pops and then dip the outsides in white chocolate.  Let the pops cool in the fridge until the white coating is hard.  Next, melt some chocolate chips in the microwave.  Put the melted chips in a baggie, snip off one of the corners of the baggie to create a makeshift frosting bag, and start swirling!)

I realize that a night spent at home in front of the TV while cuddling cake pops and popcorn isn't everyone's idea of dream date, but it sure beats a cleanup on aisle 9 caused by an unwieldy race cart.

So here's to your perfect date night this week . . . wherever it may be!


  1. I love your date night. I like the idea of making an everyday event just a little extra special. We eat dinner every night by candlelight with cloth napkins. My husband is a gourmet cook and loves to make a "presentation" of each meal he cooks. Even sausage night gets a fancy place setting.

    We were going to watch The King's Speech on Netflix by the fire tonight, but I think we might do The Artist instead. Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. I love your date night, too. It is funny how a family and real life changes what our idea of a "fun date" is, isn't it? Very cute cake pops- xo Diana

  3. I can't believe I am back commenting a second time. We just finished watching The Artist. Thank you so much for the suggestion. It was a wonderful movie.

  4. Erika, This is so inspiring!!! I love the idea of making special treats for an evening at home date night! My husband works such long days... and is tending to people and talking all day that sometimes he loves just coming home and watching a movie... quietly! I got him Apple TV for Christmas and now we can watch movies whenever we want. I'm going to surprise him with some goodies to go along with a movie. Thanks for the good word about "The Artist". I too, was like you... hesitant to see it, but now you have made me very curious!
    What a delightful post!
    Come join ON THE MENU MONDAY with your fun food and fabulous idea!

  5. This is such a great idea they look so good! I will be trying these, thanks for sharing!


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