November 15, 2010

"Baby, It’s Cold Outside" Date

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Have you felt the chill in the air? I decided we needed a NIGHT IN to off-set the cold because….Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

I left my husband an invite and a new pair of gloves (since I had made him cut his others for our Halloween Costume.) This pair was on sale at Old Navy for $4, but you could easily find a cheaper pair at Wal-Mart or the Dollar Store. You could leave it with ANY warm clothing (hat, scarf, socks, etc.) or none at all!
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I wanted a Winter Wonderland feel for the date so I set to work earlier in the day hanging snowflakes from the ceiling. I had planned to cut the snowflakes out of paper, but when I found these beautiful foam ones at the Dollar Store 6 for $1 I decided to save myself some time and paper. I just strung them with fishing line and taped them to the ceiling. If you wanted to involve your kids, have them cut the snowflakes!
I also dug out a strand of white Christmas lights from the basement and hung those around the entertainment center and mantle. Between the lights and the snowflakes it really made it feel magical!
When my husband got home that evening we went about our normal evening and dinner routine. I then asked him to bathe and put our son to bed while I finished prepping the date. He agreed and it worked out perfect for him to be out of the room and I could set it all up!
I love the Christmas Song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and decided we could get into the Christmas Spirit by watching a movie that features that song – Elf. And it works out perfect that it just happens to be one of my husband’s favorite movies!

Don’t own the movie? Rent it, check it out from the library, or borrow it from a friend!

If you have a fireplace, get a fire going. It really sets the mood and makes your home feel cozy. No fireplace? Draw a picture or one, prop a laptop open with a picture of one going, light candles, or string an extra strand of Christmas lights!

I decided I wanted to have my husband’s favorite Holiday appetizers to accompany the movie. He loves caramel apples but hates biting into them. So with a melon baller, I scooped out apple bites and soaked them in water while I worked to keep them from browning. I then speared them with a skewer and dipped them in caramel. They were the perfect size to just pop in your mouth! He loved them.
After laying out blankets and pillows, I cued up the movie, dimmed the regular lights and plugged in the Christmas lights, and brought out the food. Besides our caramel apples, we had a cheese ball and crackers, and Stephen’s Chocolate Mint Truffle Hot Chocolate.
In the spread was also some marshmallows and Keebler Fudge Grasshopper cookies to go with the hot chocolate. These cookies are the BEST way to enjoy your hot chocolate! You can find them at any local grocery store in the cookie aisle (or Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies are the same…but who has any of those left around this time of year?!)
My husband was a little skeptical at first to try it, but I assured him he’d LOVE it! First, take a small bite off one end of the cookie. Flip the cookie over, and bite off another small bite on the opposite side. Then using the cookie as a straw of sorts, sip the hot chocolate through the cookie until you just start tasting the warm liquid in your mouth. As soon as you can taste the hot chocolate, pop the cookie in mouth and enjoy the melted yummy goodness! HEAVENLY!

Here he is demonstrating the process and with a mouthful of delicious cookie in the last picture! He was hooked.

We laughed, ate, and thoroughly enjoyed being together and getting in the Christmas Spirit through this date. When it was finished, my husband turned to me and told me that this was one of his favorite dates! Success.

If you are looking for a date to warm up this chilly season, this is the date for you! It was also a great cheap date, as we are all trying to save a little extra cash for the holiday season. I also decided this would be a fun date for Christmas Eve, after the kids are in bed, presents are wrapped, and it isn’t too late!

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20 Responses to “"Baby, It’s Cold Outside" Date”

  1. Secret Mom Thoughts says:

    I love this date idea! Elf is one of my favorite Christmas movies. I am going to do this date soon.

  2. Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) says:

    How adorable, we do this sort of thing all the time, but to add the invite, and food makes it so special and what a cute theme. Thanks for the great idea!

  3. Les says:

    This is a darling date idea! Maybe I should be embracing the upcoming cold instead of dreading it! :D

  4. TCEWaters says:

    This is awesome! I always enjoy doing things at home because it is sometimes really hard to find a sitter. Thanks for the idea! ;)

  5. Cassie says:

    Sounds like an awesome date!

  6. Reagan says:

    Big fun. And we love ELF!

  7. Jenette says:

    So fun! I'm totally doing this tomorrow! Heading to the store in the morning to get a few Christmas treats. Thanks for the ideas! :)

  8. Tara says:

    You PULLED it off! I love the date, babe! ROund TWO was a success! lol…..so…I totally owe you a few extra Craft Tutorials, eh!?! LOVE you…and LOVE yer date!!

  9. BMW says:

    Sounds like a fantastic evening! As soon as the snow starts to fall, I am all about this. : )
    Funny about the grasshopper cookies … that is Mark's favorite, but we haven't had them around in a long time. He would love to get reacquainted with the melt-in-you-mouth goodness.
    Glad to see you and the family are well!
    Love, Britany

  10. Lorena says:

    Sounds like a LOT of fun! Good to hear about the cookies, my sons learned that trick with TimTams at scout camp, but they’re hard to find around here.

  11. Rachel says:

    I have tried to make these before and the caramel just slid right off. How did you make it stick? HELP!?!? It’s so cute..I must try.

    • Erika Erika says:

      Rachel, I’ve had that problem too! 2 things I do (not sure if they BOTH help or it is just one…) is 1) boil the apples for a few minutes to get the wax off the apple skins and then after sticking the stick in the apple 2) pop the apple in the freezer for 15 minutes. That way once the hot caramel goes on, it hardens quicker. Hope that helps!

  12. Stephanie O says:

    Elf is my favorite Christmas movie now. Mini caramel apples, yummy. ((Can I pin pictures from your blog on Pinterest? shuttermom77{at}gmail{dot}com))

  13. VickieSmith says:

    ~ <3 ~ Erika ;) Adorable idea, I wanted this year to be very special. <3 <3 Were together 38 yrs. Dec 21 and I <3 "Baby, It's cold Outside" song. I wanted something ,awesome this year. <3 I'm going to do this. and keep looking for more ideas. Thank you for sharing. <3 <3 <3 THIS! xx

  14. Sarah Edwards says:

    THAT’S OUR FAVORITE SONG AND I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! Especially since we hate being out in the cold- winter gets boring!!!
    Thank you!!!

  15. Sarah Edwards says:

    Oh yea – forgot…. LOVE LOVE LOVE THE CARAMEL APPLE IDEA! We both love them but don’t eat them because we the biting into it-hurts my teeth. Love it!!!!!!
    Might do that this weekend

  16. Emily says:

    The cookie technique is the Tim Tam Slam. My Aussie friend taught me 11 years ago when we had to drive miles to a specialty store to get authenic Tim Tams. I have never tried it with Grasshopper cookies, but will have to now!

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