7.20.2009

Emerald City

About a month ago, my husband and I toured New York City. We had really been hoping to get tickets for "Wicked" (the broadway prequel to The Wizard of Oz). They were sold out and we even waited in line for an hour for the "lottery" tickets. No luck.

So...I thought I'd create my own production of The Wizard of Oz...using a little inspiration that has been in the back of mind since this blog began. That inspiration is from one of my favorite authors, John Bytheway and his wife, Kim who wrote What We Wish We'd Known When We Were Newlyweds. This "date" was something Kim had done for John and he wrote about it in this book.

What you'll need:

- Lots and Lots of GREEN stuff (stuff around the house or dollar store)
(plastic tablecloth, balloons, plastic plates, streamers, green plants, green sheets, towels, etc.)

- Yellow "bricks" - cut out of cardstock/construction paper
(I distressed mine with a little brown ink around the edges)

- Red socks, slippers, or anything relatively close to it
(I got lucky and found mine at the dollar store)

- Printed signs as instructions (see pics below)

- Green Food/Drink
(I just put green food coloring in Sprite, and drizzled green candy melts over plain popcorn--delicious!)

- Items for the Courage, Brain, and Heart challenges
(see below)

- The Wizard of Oz Movie

1. Have the "ruby red slippers" waiting for your love when they walk in.
2. Next to the slippers...an instruction to follow the Yellow Brick Road.
3. When they get to the end of the road (your closed door), have the next instruction to click their heels together 3 times and say, "There's no _______ (husband/wife) like ___ (your name)." example: "There's no wife like Kim."
4. After they do so, declare from inside, "YOU MAY ENTER."
5. Allow them time to adjust their eyes...(No, it's not St. Patrick's Day, hunny)
6. Eat. Drink. (be merry is a given.)
7. Just like the lion, tinman, and scarecrow....make them demonstrate/earn courage, a heart, and a brain through a set of challenges.

Courage - (example: make him suck on 2-3 Warheads (sour candy) at once).
Brain - (example: have him find 2-3 green glow-in-the-dark sticks hidden in the room..hide them well, have him search in the dark). OR any task that you can justify using his brain for.
Heart - (example: cut a heart out of construction paper, cut into simple puzzle pieces w/ a love message, have him put together to earn his "heart")

This one takes a little work and a desire to be creative. But it's totally fun if you're in a total rut and need something to mix up your dating life! Who needs to go out? After all, "there's no place like home..."

18 comments:

Shari said...

I LOVE this! I can see myeself doing this sometime...

pocket full of pink said...

WHAT AN AWESOME BLOG!! Ah, I love it! Sigh me up, this is great stuff!

One Happy Family said...

love, love it! It's always fun to mix things up.

~Bobbi~ said...

You guys are so cute!

Krista Neil said...

I've totally read this book, but it's been a while I don't remember that story, I'm gonna do this for St. Patty's day totally, I like it!

Kathryn said...

Aww this is so cute! Your ideas are really amazing!

I posted about marriage and I am doing a giveaway. Feel free to check it out!

http://singing-in-the-rain24.blogspot.com/2009/07/marriage-advice.html

BJ_Mama said...

I'm with Krista...going to file this away for St. Patty's Day! GREAT IDEA!

Cher said...

okay...but I may have a better idea for St. Patty's day....something involving an Irish Bar Maid... :)

Curtis and Courtney said...

Hey Cher,

I thought I'd let you know that I gave your cute little blog a nice shout-out for the cereal box prize. I did it for my husband and it was so fun.

Here's the link to my post:
http://theweiffenbachs.blogspot.com/2009/07/transformers-2-imax-experience.html

Kathryn said...

THANK YOU so much for letting me know about my comments! I was wondering what happened! :) They work now thanks!

Kathryn said...

Sounds great!

And that is great marriage advice! Time does heal problems, as long as you are determined to stick with it! :)

Little Miss Baker said...

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! eeeekkkkkk!!! thank you Cher!! I wanna come to your house hehe

C. Beth said...

How cute is this?!

Stopping by from SITS!

Trendy Wifee said...

This is such a great blog! These aer such good ideas and we are TTC...so this stuff helps!

Krystal said...

This is such a cute idea. Your blog is full of awesome ideas to add a little spark into a relationship. Thanks so much!

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Kallie and Josh said...

I did this for my husband for our one year anniversary. Hey did you know that the first anniversary is the "emerald" anniversary just like the 50th is the golden? So you can imagine my excitement when this tied in perfectly! Anyway here is a like to what I did.

http://joshkallie.blogspot.com/2011/01/emerald-anniversary.html

I had a hard time finding glow sticks and warheads, but I think my substitutes worked out in a fun way.