Whether you've been married for years or are planning an evening with someone you've been dating for a short time, plan a romantic outdoor movie night to create a memory or new tradition. Sure, you could go to a drive-in movie theater, but setting up for a movie on the privacy of your own land adds an air of intimacy to the date. It also makes it possible for you to have access to a kitchen and restroom.
Rent a movie screen and projector or purchase an inexpensive projector and hang a white sheet on which the movie can be watched. Set the screen and projector up. Another option is to move a large television outdoors and plug it with an extension cord.
Hang paper lanterns and strings of lights around the movie area. Set large bowls upside down on the ground and place candles on top of them. Put a double lounge chair or cushion in front of the movie screen. Arrange decorative pillows on the seating. Slightly away from the movie screen, place a small table with an ottoman on each side.
Select a variety of romantic movies from which you and your date can choose. A few ideas are "Casablanca," "Dirty Dancing," "Love and Other Drugs," "City of Angels" or even "Beastly."
Decide if you are going to eat dinner before the movie or serve snacks. For dinner, make polenta and lamb or a warm lobster salad. Another option is to put simple salty and sweet treats on the table. Dip strawberries in chocolate, cut double chocolate brownies topped with a salty caramel sauce into heart shapes and fill meringues with passion fruit or lemon curd. Serve wine or sweet tea with the meal.