Today marks week 2 of my Date Night in Series. This week my husband and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. Our Anniversary being this month is what made me decide to do this Date Night in series in June specifically. Since it fell in the middle of the week we decided on a date night in, and to go out and celebrate over the weekend. The date also just happened to be the release date for the Beauty and the Beast live action film to come out on Blue Ray. I saw the movie in theaters but he had not. When I saw the announcement I knew that was exactly what our date night in would consist of. Here are some things to do to create the Ultimate Beauty and the Beast Date Night In.
When you think of dining for Beauty and the Beast what comes to my mind is the Be Our Guest Scene. This is the ultimate scene from the movie and they over exceeded my expectations in the live action film. I knew when planning our menu we had to have The Grey Stuff for dessert. I did this dessert differently in more of a no bake cheesecake type dessert. They were so good, and you can find my recipe for them here.
So the Ultimate Beauty and the Beast date night needs more than dessert right? Absolutely. If you have ever dined at Be Our Guest at Walt Disney World you would know an appetizer on their menu is a charcuterie board (It is actually called assortment of meats, no cheese but its a charcuterie board.) This is such a perfect French themed appetizer and so easy to create. All you need is an assortment of meats, cheeses, crackers, olives whatever you want to add. These are typically mostly meats but I change it up. I kept it pretty simple since there was only 2 of us. I went with a fig and honey goat cheese, dried cranberries, salami, and cheddar cheese. We also did some French loaf with Olive Oil. My favorite place to get meats and cheeses is definitely Trader Joes. They have a fantastic selection of affordable cheeses.
We wanted to do a nice dinner so we got some bacon wrapped filets, and asparagus for the main course. I suppose pommes frites would have made it a little closer to the steak on the Be Our Guest menu but not everything needs to be perfectly the same. Another great option is a Croque Madame, Cheese Soufflé, or even FrenchOnion Soup. Make this night you own, its is totally up to you but the theme is part of the fun!
We decided to set up a little cozier on the coffee table instead of setting at the dinner table. It made the date itself feel more intimate rather than a big table for only 2 people. You could even picnic on the living room floor! I grabbed disposable plates that were a little more fun at Target because I don’t have fancy plates, fun napkins, and my ice bucket for the wine. It is really simple to not only make this themed but also affordable for very little. I even created a small menu for the evening.
After our daughter went to bed my husband got the grill going. I got everything else set up, including a bottle of bubbly. (Prosecco we aren’t big champagne fans) We dined, and chatted and watched the new movie and just enjoyed a quiet relaxing evening together with very little clean up.
Remember how important it is to make the time to Date Your Spouse. The last few weeks have been crazy in this house. My husbands business travel, toddler changes, among other things have made for little time together. However one thing remains constant, we do everything we can to make a date night in happen to reconnect since we cant get out as often. However I sure cant wait for us to get out on an actual date this weekend!
If you still have not snagged your copy of the new Beauty and the Beast Film can you do so right here. I have also created a FREE printable menu for you to use for when you plan you date night in. Sign up here to receive your FREE printable.
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