Retro Movie Night

Never ones to take the traditional route, we’ve come up with a brilliantly unique date night idea for you to recreate in the comfort of your home. Blow your Valentine away by turning your living room into a retro movie theatre for the evening. (We recommend back row seats.)

To create this look, we’ve hung sheets from the ceiling using string and screw hooks – if you’d rather not use a screw hook, adhesive hooks work just as well. To bring the tent canopy together secure the layers using safety pins. Bed linen and lightweight blankets work best for something like this, so be prepared to raid your laundry cupboard. We’ve used dusty tones to create a romantic and intimate space.

Before kicking off your film festival, you’ll need to fill your newly fashioned den with pillows, bean bags and blankets to make your love nest cosy and comfortable. We’ve added fairy lights, hanging origami stars and a retro light up arrow to give our den the Hollywood treatment.

Choosing the right film is key. To avoid any romance-spoiling moments (“Oh. Lord of the Rings. Again.”) be gallant and let your Valentine pick. Rather than attempting to haul a TV into your careful constructed love fort, project your movie onto the wall – or a bed sheet – with our very handy smartphone projector.

Next up is the menu. No cinema trip is complete without a quick detour to the concession stand. Our advice? Never skimp on the pick ‘n’ mix.

Stay true to the retro spirit of the evening and make your own popcorn. Simply add dried kernels and a little oil to a large saucepan, cover and heat through. Once the kernels have finished popping, it’s time to get creative and add flavouring. Our favourite is CRUMB‘s cinnamon and caramel syrup topping, but as it’s Valentine’s Day we wouldn’t tell anyone if you dipped yours in melted chocolate.

And of course, no evening is complete without a cocktail or two. To really show off, why not try our signature Valentine’s Day tipple – a twist on the classic Champagne cocktail:

Ingredients:
Champagne
Bitters
Raspberry Liqueur
Fresh Raspberries
Sugar Cube

Method:
Place your sugar cube in a chilled Champagne flute. Add a dash or two of bitters plus a single measure of Raspberry Liqeur, fill the glass with brut Champagne and finish with a sprinkling of raspberries.

For more Valentine’s Day inspiration, find out how to create your own cosy winter picnic and the secret behind putting together a romantic breakfast in bed.

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  • Comment by Janine Morgan

    I would gladly cuddle up in this room with my better half, watching The Notebook x

    • Comment by The notonthehighstreet.com team

      Hi Janine, to enter our competition you’ll have to share your perfect date night film on our Facebook post, rather than the blog post. You can do so here: http://po.st/0Yhd7n. Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Comment by Samantha

    The Bourne trilogy.

    • Comment by The notonthehighstreet.com team

      Hi Samantha, to enter our competition you’ll have to share your perfect date night film on our Facebook post, rather than the blog post. You can do so here: http://po.st/0Yhd7n. Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Comment by Christine Genc

    I’d choose to watch “Le Weekend” on my Retro Movie Night date, for this movie as real as relationships get over time

    • Comment by The notonthehighstreet.com team

      Hi Christine, to enter our competition you’ll have to share your perfect date night film on our Facebook post, rather than the blog post. You can do so here: http://po.st/0Yhd7n. Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Comment by Cheryl rutland

    I would watch whatever he wanted to watch which would probably be snatch or football factory lol

    • Comment by The notonthehighstreet.com team

      Hi Cheryl, to enter our competition you’ll have to share your perfect date night film on our Facebook post, rather than the blog post. You can do so here: http://po.st/0Yhd7n. Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Comment by Nicola riddiford

    Holiday with Jude law
    I loveeeeeeee ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Comment by The notonthehighstreet.com team

      Hi Nicola, to enter our competition you’ll have to share your perfect date night film on our Facebook post, rather than the blog post. You can do so here: http://po.st/0Yhd7n. Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Comment by Lucy Bostan

    The wolf of Wall Street …. The film we watched on our first date ❤️

    • Comment by The notonthehighstreet.com team

      Hi Lucy, to enter our competition you’ll have to share your perfect date night film on our Facebook post, rather than the blog post. You can do so here: http://po.st/0Yhd7n. Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Comment by norine babs

    Will be home cosied up watching Selma.

  • Comment by Liz Chaloner

    I would watch Bridgette Jones Diary, because it always makes me laugh even if my date doesn’t !

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