While home theaters are generally considered “man-cave” domain, they are useful for the entire family. One of the best uses is for a stay at home date night with your significant other. With a little creative planning, you can make the home theater the most romantic room in the house. The best way to take an evening movie from boring to surprising is to take it up a level using these tips.
Focusing on the Details
The biggest problem with a stay at home movie night is that you don’t have to put any effort into it. Most couples are wearing pajamas or something super oversized and comfortable. Sitting in two separate seats, you’re not interacting. While there are times that couples enjoy this type of activity, it gets old if you do it too much. To help make the night special and exciting, put some thought into the details. You can do as little or as much as you want, but know that surprising your date will be part of the fun.
Picking the Movie
The first part of any movie night is picking the movie. Remember not to pick something only you are interested in seeing, but think about your significant other. Choose one you’ve both been wanting to see or one you’ve heard your partner mention wanting to watch. Then immerse yourselves in the sounds as if you were in the middle of the theater with one of these sound bars.
Send an Invite
Think back to when you first started dating. You would put a little more effort into planning, including asking out your date. So consider sending a special invitation ahead of time to let them know you have something planned for your date. This doesn’t have to be on paper, but it could be a text or email. Any kind of notification will let your partner know that you’re planning something out of the ordinary.
The way to make a movie-viewing date special is all in the set up. As mentioned before, at home movie dates usually involve sitting on different couches, in separate chairs, or just far apart. Most home theaters have separate reclining chairs, bean bags, or other single-type-seating, so it isn’t an intentional decision. Make the seating intentional by finding a way to make the seating different and exciting. Some ideas might be setting up an air mattress in the room, or watch the movie in a giant beanbag together. The point is to sit closer and interact somehow.
This step can be as creative and expensive as you want. At the bare minimum, stop by your local grocery store and grab some of your favorite treats to share during the movie. Take the time to pop some popcorn and have both of your favorite drinks on hand. Have them prepared and laid out, ready to be eaten when it’s movie time. If you want to get fancy with the basics, try grabbing flavorings for the popcorn or a new recipe for your standard treats. If you want to step it up to make it even more special, do a fun spin on dinner and a movie. Instead of going out for dinner, do it inside of your movie viewing area. The dinner you pick should be based on something you both enjoy, whether it’s pizza, steak and potatoes, or sushi. Order and pick it up, or make it yourself. You can either eat while you watch, or eat and then watch.
Try adding a little romance. Set up a picnic on the floor in front of your big screen TV from Buydig.com and enjoy watching your movie on the ground. Bring in a table and prepare a nice candlelight dinner in the back of the room before the movie. Place candles around the room and have them lit to give a little light during the movie. Have everything set up before so you aren’t fumbling with set up while your partner sits waiting. Also, have the movie already queued up on your media server to avoid distracting from the atmosphere you’ve set up once you’re ready to watch on your LG TV from Buydig.com. Your new big screen still wrapped and under the tree? Use your projector to show your movie on a blank wall or large white sheet.
Try making your next date an amazing, in-home movie date night to show your significant other just how much you love them.