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The Red Carpet Treatment

We all can't live the lives of those who frequent the Red Carpet, but maybe just once we can treat our spouses as the VIPs we know they really are...

This is a date night meant for a night in...the best part is that it probably doesn't deviate from your normal plans too much. I know that a lot of couples tend to just kick back and watch movies for time together. This night will be no different...except for just a few details.

Step 1: Plan with your spouse to watch a movie that evening.
Step 2: Before he gets home, get all the details in place.

"VIP Parking"

Put up a little sign in your garage, near the driveway, anywhere it's obvious as he parks the car.

"The Red Carpet"

  • I bought this large, rectangular plastic table cloth at the dollar store to use as my red carpet.
  • Cut out gold and black stars from cardstock or you can find these at party stores. My stars came from iParty.
  • I took my living room curtains down and rigged them up to provide a more exciting entrance. The "VIP Entrance" sign you can easily make yourself (mine came from iParty.)

"Concession Stand"

Sign, Stars, and Popcorn Tubs from iParty--again, you can easily and cheaply make your own!

"VIP Pass"

I found this lanyard/all-access pass at iParty, too. Yes, I single-handedly keep that store from going under. I really should get paid for promoting their products!

Additional Important Details:
Hopefully you will get a chance to set up your living room/TV room ahead of time so that the following is possible:

  • When he/she gets home or before you start your evening together, direct them to your bedroom where they'll need to change into their "evening attire". (For example, I'd have my husband's tuxedo suit sitting out for him on the bed). Then, get into your best attire quickly (a dress for you lovely wives out there and suits for you hunky husbands...c'mon, who walks the red carpet in pajamas? hello?!)

  • Meet them in the bedroom once they are ready and hand them the "VIP Pass". Tell them, "You'll need this to get in tonight..."

  • Direct them where to go, but have him/her wait just a minute so you can get a head start. You'll want to be at the end of the red carpet flashing your camera like a papparazi...(adds to the effect, you know...) Oh, and have some music playing too...something upbeat!

  • So, when they make their entrance, you're snapping photos w/ flash, music's playing, they're surprised, and you're excited that you've put on this big spectacle JUST to watch a movie at home.

I would set this night up for a time when his/her favorite new show just came out on DVD and they've been dying to watch it...This will add to the whole idea of them being VIPs at this "Movie Premier....on DVD"


Becca said...

Fun idea- I love it!

Anonymous said...

That is such a fun idea. I love it. I'll have to try this one out sometime.

Cook Family said...

Cher, you are amazing! I LOVE this idea and ALL of your other ideas, too!

Rhiannon Bosse said...

Cher this is too cute! I could see my loves expression if I did this for him haha awesome! In other news, I may have an idea for your site PLUS pictures coming soon! Just maybe though depending on how creative I get :) Talk soon!!

Unknown said...

Another great idea! I have so many formals from my past/younger years...this would be a great way to get some use out of one of them :)

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

How fun!! :)

Deedles said...

What a fun idea! You are so creative!

Anonymous said...

Cher, I love your blog! Please don't quit now. (I read your comment on Pink Sugar.) I'm sorry I don't comment more. I hope you know that I think plenty of people depend on you and your ideas to help keep the magic in their relationships alive. I know I do, I know there are many others. Just look at all your followers!

Kathryn said...

Super cute idea!! :)

Coby & Jill said...

so, so, so cute!!!

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Kristie said...

You are so creative...I am using this idea for our anniversary...I am so excited...thank you for making it free as well, I hate when you see a cute idea and people aren't willing to share...so from the bottom of my heart thank you!!!

Paul & Kaytie said...

Thanks for the great idea! I'm so excited to give it a try. It will be fun to spice up our usual pizza and movie night.

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Rachael said...

I did th VIP card.
Thank-you for your ideas and I did link your blog from mine. Keep up the good work!!!!!