January 25, 2011

Eat Pray Love

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Not Your Ordinary Movie

Dinner & a movie is ALWAYS the “fall-back” date, right?  If you get in a rut with your spouse….that is usually what the two of you will end up doing for date night.  Well, as much as we would ALL like to be “super spouses” and have an amazingly creative date planned for every Friday night….the truth is….sometimes it’s FUN to just kick back and enjoy a great flick with your spouse!

SO – the divas decided that we would like to help you out a little with that!  Once a month, we will showcase a movie that we enjoyed…and give you some ideas on what you can do to “spice it up a little”.  These will be ideas that shouldn”t be too hard to prep.  In fact – most of these you could do within the hour of your spouse coming home!

For our first movie…we went with…

Eat Pray Love

For those of you who have not seen the movie or read the book here are the basics of it:

1) The main character (Liz) travels to three destinations for a year. She spends 4 months in each place. The first place is Italy, eating to her heart’s content, learning the Italian language and meeting great friends.

2) She travels to India and practices Yoga in an Ashram. This is where she works through a lot of inner turmoil and learns to forgive herself.

3) She travels to Bali, Indonesia continuing the practice of her meditation skills learned in India and working closely with a Medicine Man in Bali. This is where she opens up her heart after her divorce and she falls in love again.

The Dating Divas had so many ideas to make this movie memorable for you and your spouse. It was hard to narrow down our enormous list! So here are LOTS of fabulous ways to spice up your movie night and have a bit more fun:

Italy

  • Marie Claire did a write-up on beauty secrets from Eat, Pray Love. Before the date, here are awesome tips to help you get ready: http://www.marieclaire.com/hair-beauty/trends/articles/bali-beauty-products
  • Leave a sweet handwritten invitation or note on his bed that morning with a few lines written in Italian. You can write beneath it in parenthesis that it’s in Italian and that he will have to decipher it… WorldLingo.com is a really cool site where you can type in your phrase and it will translate your English phrase into any language you would like.
  • Sheknows.com acquired the recipe for one of the authentic pasta dishes that Liz (main character) eats in Rome. It would be so cool to have this for dinner before you watch the movie! Here is the recipe for Bucatini All’Amatriciana.
  • Top off your night with the always delicious Italian Gelato or Tiramisu
  • Display some of your own photo albums of your travels together. It would be fun to reminisce over dinner.
  • Her ALONE time is what was healthy for her in the movie. A great idea would be to present your spouse with a gift certificate for a night where you take the kids out of the house so they can have some peace and quiet! Just like what Lisa M. did for her hubby, Dom, in A Surprise Date!

 

India

  • Greet your husband when he comes home from work with a tiny gem on your forehead and a colorful wrap/shawl/scarf around your head….wearing little else. Haha….or if you have little ones…save that until the kiddos are in bed and then try it out before the movie starts. If you actually want to WATCH the movie…then excuse yourself and change into your fun attire as soon as the movie is over.
  • After the movie head to your bedroom (put a sign on the door ahead of time) which is now labeled “YOGA CLASS”. Try out some new Yoga moves while in class. ;)
  • Try spending some time in meditation (basically by yourself). Then talk about how you felt trying to get your mind blank.
  • A life lesson she learns in India is to let go of control. Try blindfolding your husband and take control or guide him… spark any romantic ideas?? LOL!
  • During her time spent in India, her eyes were opened to the needs of others. If you have some extra time, plan a night to do some service for someone in need.
  • Want more India ideas? Check out Kari’s Taste of India Date for fabulous Indian recipes, decor, and more! Or put a twist in your nights events by adding a few ideas from Tara’s Choose Your Own Adventure Date!

 

Bali

  • Pretend to be your HUBBY’S medicine man after the show is over….don’t forget the Indonesian accent!
  • While in Bali, she travels around on a bike. If the weather is fitting, you and your hubby could take a bike ride.
  • At the end of the movie share 10 things you love about each other (other than the typical stuff) to rekindle the love in your relationship. Or talk about some ways that you can selflessly do some little extra things for each other. Just like Kiirsten did in her Ol’ Hijack & Kidnap Date.
  • This movie has to do with finding joy in your life, peace and relaxation. You could end the night with your spouse having a spa night. For more ideas on this, check out Cami’s Spa Night Date.
  • Baliguide.com has over 70 traditional Bali recipes. It would be fun and different to cook up some of these recipes for dinner or dessert or both!

All of The Dating Divas hope these ideas will transform your ordinary movie night into an extraordinary one! What movies would you like to see us create a special date night for?

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9 Responses to “Eat Pray Love”

  1. amy says:

    I enjoy your site and posts; however, I take issue with the recommendation of this movie.

    Why would you recommend a movie that glorifies divorce? This movie is all about being selfish – wanting what is best for one’s self, versus trying to work on a marriage. Your tag line is even “Strengthening Marriages . . .” but divorce certainly isn’t a way to do that. Too many people today simply throw in the towel and go off to “find” themselves, leaving spouses, kids, and families in disarray. I’d rather you focus a date night on a movie that really, truly is about saving and strengthening marriage.

    • Kari Kari says:

      This post was not an endorsement of the Eat Pray Love movie in anyway or any kind of endorsement of divorce. The Dating Divas do not advocate divorce (obviously, as that is our whole purpose here—to help other couples find ways to strengthen their own marriages). This date was designed to find positive ways to connect with your spouse and these ideas can certainly be used for another movie of your choice. The movie industry certainly glorifies many views that we do not particularly agree with or advocate. Unfortunately, nowadays, Hollywood doesn’t quite value marriage the way they should. We were focusing more on the main part of the movie – such as all of the life-changing experiences Julia Roberts’ character went through. Not many people get to visit another country…let alone THREE! :) If we were to rewrite the script…and hop into it…you betcha our husbands would be going to each new place with us. :) Hopefully you can take these ideas and try them out on another movie that is more to your liking. :)

  2. Jamie says:

    I love, love, love the book….loved the movie….and now I am excited about loving the date :)

  3. Beth says:

    Really? I didn’t like the premise of the movie that you have to divorce your husband to “find yourself”. The date sounds better without the movie for me.

  4. Leslie says:

    I’ve been trying to get my husband to watch this movie forever! I think this just might be exactly what I need to get him to do it! :D

  5. Lisa M. Lisa M. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! Thanks for the ideas Kari! You bet the next time we watch it we’ll be incorporating your ideas!

  6. Jackie Koll says:

    I can see that the posts are split on this movie – I think that any time a movie is recommended each person needs to just decide if it is for them to watch or not. :-) I thought this movie just looked cute – I didn’t look deeper into what it glorified or did not glorify . .. I don’t live my life or make my own choices by a movie I watch. I watch a movie for a relaxing night :-)

    Love this website – still getting used to finding my way around verses the ease of a blog but I’ll figure it out. It does take a long time to open though :-)

  7. Danielle says:

    While Julia’s character is divorced I found the whole point to be about finding yourself (regardless of martial status). To get out there and experience new things.

    Besides movies are met to be entertaining not to be taken literally. Personally I watched this one in fast forward. I loved the idea behind it but it was just too long for me.

  8. Jessica H says:

    I really love this idea! We end up doing the classic dinner/movie date a lot but I always try to find something fun to do with it. I’ll probably use some of these ideas to do just that! So thank you!
    I actually just posted about a date my hubby had a few months ago using the movie “The Apple Dumpling Gang”. You could check it out here: http://harwoodharbor.blogspot.com/2011/02/apple-date.html. My ideas were a little different from yours. I just chose an apple theme and went with that, though you could think of ways to tie in the movie to it instead.
    Another idea I have is something for the Super Bowl. My hubby and I are not sports fans and won’t be watching the super bowl. However, I do love me some good food so I’m thinking of watching a good football movie {like Blind Side or Remember the Titans} and eat a bunch of super bowl fare. Mmm, sounds so good!
    Thanks for the ideas! I look forward to seeing more! :D


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