July 9, 2012

Romantic Rooftop Date

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Meeting and falling in love is such a thrilling, exciting time! But after marriage, it can be easy to let the butterflies and sparks get lost in stressful jobs, financial pressures, sick kids, dirty dishes, and…well….just plain ol’ LIFE!

That was exactly the place I was at when I planned this date! Life was crazy stressful, and my husband and I fiercely needed an escape. We had just graduated college and were temporarily living at my parents’ house while we saved up a little money for a place of our own. My husband had just started a new job and was completely overwhelmed with work pressures. I was dealing with the usual tantrums and crying that comes from being the mom of sick little ones. We really needed a break! Money was tight, and we didn’t have a lot of alone time.

The Idea:

And then, (being the totally sappy, romantic that I am) I remembered a cheesy scene that I had once seen in an episode of 7th Heaven. True story. Picture this… Eric and Annie Camden are sitting on their rooftop at twilight. As they reminisce about days gone by, Eric starts playing his guitar and serenades his wife with The Drifters’ dreamy lyrics of “Up on the Roof”…

At night the stars put on a show for free

And, darling, you can share it all with me…

Right smack dab in the middle of town

I’ve found a paradise that’s trouble proof

And if this world starts getting you down

There’s room enough for two

Up on the roof

And thus, the Rooftop Date was born.  It was just what we needed- a night away from everything.  So I quickly e-mailed my husband an invitation to a rooftop date, adding a link to a fun YouTube music video with the lyrics to “Up on the Roof”…

The Invite:

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When this old world starts getting me down

And people are just too much for me to face

 I climb way up to the top of the stairs

 And all my cares just drift right into space

 On the roof, it’s peaceful as can be

 And there the world below can’t bother me…

The Setup:

And then the kids went down for naps, and it was time to get to work setting the date up.  At first I was just going to get a ladder and lay a blanket on the roof, so we could share a drink together and talk. (Which you can TOTALLY do for a quick, easy, and inexpensive date night.)

But then, I realized that part of the roof was flat- perfect for a picnic!!  And why stop at a picnic blanket when you could have a table and chairs?!  So with the help of my sister, I moved some patio furniture from the porch to the roof.  I also brought up a blanket and some big pillows, so we could sit and talk after dinner.

 And just to top it off- I grabbed some battery-operated candles, a string of Christmas lights, and a CD player.  Then I charged my laptop, just in case we wanted to watch a movie.  I made a really simple dinner and enlisted my sister to be our server and hand the  food up when I texted her.

The Date:

When my husband finally came home and I led him to the back porch and up the ladder- his reaction was priceless!  After all, you don’t usually expect to see a restaurant for two on your roof!

It turned out to be such a fun date and the perfect little getaway.
We ate, talked, danced, and watched a movie on the laptop.
 (And laughed at all the drivers who would stick their head out of their car and point at us.)
 And we had the perfect view to watch the clouds and wait for the gorgeous, Arizona sunset.
It was definitely a date we’ll remember forever.

So what are you waiting for?!  

An unforgettable night under the stars is just a ladder away!!

 

*Hint:  Don’t have a flat roof?  Are you living in an apartment without roof access?  Well, don’t let that stop you!  Ask to borrow a friend’s roof for the night.   (I’m pretty sure it’s empty and available.)  Or look for a place in town with acess to a great view.

  *Double Hint:  Is your evening schedule totally jammed?  Well, this would also make a perfect little morning date!  Just set your alarm to wake up early.  Then grab a ladder, a blanket, and some drinks, and invite your honey to watch the sunrise with you from your rooftop.  Feeling even more romantic?  Bring (a totally easy and cute) breakfast with you!  Don’t worry- we’ve already hooked you up with printables and everything.  Why not treat your man to some of Erika’s stud muffins?  Or let him know that you “cereal”sly love him like Corie did.

See, no more excuses.  Go get up on the roof and reclaim your butterflies!

 

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29 Responses to “Romantic Rooftop Date”

  1. Tara Tara says:

    Becca – I absolutely LOVE this date! Simple but SO fun! Great job! xoxo

  2. Kenzie R. says:

    That is such a great date idea! I will definitely have to remember this :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kp says:

    how perfect! this is bookmarked for later!

  4. Angie Angie says:

    LOVE, love, love! This is so creative. I would love to do this but not sure I could get past my fear of heights…. I’ll have to scoop out a good location on my roof! P.S. Glad to know I’m not the only 7th Heaven fan! ;)

  5. Belle says:

    Becca, this is a brilliant idea! I love your vision and explanation. Perfect for the romance, the budget, and time. Oh, the pictures are fabulous too! :)

  6. Tiffany says:

    This is amazing Becca! You are a creative genius! I’m going to go see if my rooftop will allow this right now
    : )

  7. jacie says:

    i lolololove this! sooooo adorable! :) :) :) and i lololove your book; it’s so fun!

    xxoo,
    j

  8. Michelle Michelle says:

    Ok seriously this such a cute idea. Reminds me of Untamed Heart, all you needed was a bunch of flowers! I heart all your fun pictures! Makes me miss AZ!!! xox <3

  9. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Becca, Can I use your roof ;) Love the idea, super romantic!

  10. Melissa says:

    Becca, I LOVE this idea! Thanks so much!

  11. Wendy wendy says:

    Love this date! Nice job!!!

  12. JB says:

    My best friend and I frequently have rooftop picnics on one of the buildings on our college campus. I’ve wanted to take my husband and always forget about it. Thanks for the reminder! I’ll have to do this date night soon!

  13. Torri M says:

    Totally jealous! I KNOW my husband would love this but we have no flat parts on our roof!

  14. Jenn says:

    My husband actually did this for me 10 years ago when we were first married. I came home on my lunch break and he totally surprised me with a roof top picnic. It was the sweetest thing ever!!!! One of my favorite memories.

  15. Shawnee says:

    I love this date idea. It is the perfect place to watch the Arizona sunset. :)

  16. Gina says:

    I will try to do this for my hubby in the summer, if I can borrow a roof and it isn’t raining. I think my Dorset, England climate might be different to your Arizona weather. In that it is constantly wet here. Constantly. Such a delightful idea.

  17. Alyssa says:

    ooh, I like this idea! My hubby and I are also staying with his parents for a while trying to save up enough for a down payment on a house…and it definitely would be nice to have some “just the two of us” time without the family around…

    • Becca Becca says:

      This really was the perfect little getaway. Hope you enjoy your rooftop date just as much as we did. :)

      • Alyssa says:

        So I told him about this idea–I’m planning it for tonight–and he is SO excited! We are going to just have dessert and watch the stars come out since we are out in the country and he LOVES to look at the stars. He even told another couple about the idea yesterday and they said they were going to try it too! :)

  18. RG says:

    So how do you know if the roof can take it?! I am a bigger gal and all I can see is us falling through the roof during our romantic dinner… :P


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