The post is sponsored by Wayfair, who asked me to design a dinner and movie night at home. Ideas and opinions are all mine.
Hi Friends! I hope the new year is treating you well. Every year, my family holds a gift exchange during the holidays. It’s secret santa style so trying to find the perfect gift that will fit 8 incredibly different people is quite the task. I asked myself so many times, “What is something we could all use or need more of?” As I thought of each individual person, I realized we are one of the busiest and stressed crews around.
Whether it’s two small children at home, a job that demands too much of your time, or living in a constant state of home remodel, there are a million reasons we could all use some more quality time with our special someone. But who has time for that?!
Well, date night really can be as only as far away as your living room! With some creativity, some of your favorite warm weather activities can be turned into a chilly winter version. Don’t be afriad to step outside your comfort zone when planning a winter date night. Something new and unusual could set the tone for a special night. For my winter date night, I planned an adorable little picnic and movie night. This idea would also make a really fun party night with the girls.
So here’s the plan:
Dinner will be served picnic style right on the living room floor. Just so we aren’t eating literally off the floor, I will have a beautiful picnic blanket and basket to set the stage. A few floor pillows for comfort, and some cute serving trays to make the night extra special.
- Grilled Steak Satays
A picnic doesn’t have to be fried chicken or sandwiches. You can easily grill off some thin strips of steak on skewers in your choice of sauce. It only takes a few minutes and pairs very well with the rest of the menu.
- Cheese Fondue
How fun is including a cheese fondue in a picnic? Because this picnic is at home, an electric fondue pot or one with sterno cups works well. Make sure to keep them from anything flammable and on a flat surface. For dipping, include crisp veggies, hearty breads like foccacia or ciabatta, and maybe some apples if it suits the cheese.
- Bite-sized desserts a plenty
This menu capitalizes on finger foods so I like to include finger desserts like truffles, petit fours, or cookies. Chocolate and fruit are great combinations for desserts.
Wine is a easy to serve and keep chilly. Lemonade is a close runner up though.
It is movie night, so popcorn is a must!
Movie night can be as flexible as you want it to be. I envision popping up some popcorn and sitting back to watch an 80s or 90s movie classic binge. I, personally, would pick something light-hearted like Mallrats, Diggstown, or Farris Bueller’s Day Off. Then again, my husband and I usually can’t agree to a movie unless it’s got action so I would have to include more intense options like The Usual Suspects, Seven, or Die Hard. (Die Hard wins far too often in our house.)
Whatever wins, this is going to be a fun night!
In 2017, I wish you all good times with your family and friends. Cheers!