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:
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.
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