Birthday Date at the Drive-In


Although Ryan’s birthday was on Sunday, we celebrated mostly on Saturday. The day was filled with the family – exploring parts of the city we’ve never seen. And then once the kids were tucked in bed, I surprised him with this drive-in movie in our backyard!

If you follow us on instagram, you might remember the paint project I was working on. Yeah… it was this bad boy of a movie marquee I was prepping. Thankfully I had some help from a friend/handyman to finish it. Things could’ve gotten REAL fugly with my attempts to use a drill.

His gift was a quilt (hiding under the concession bucket) – an old quilt topper (1930′s mens pajama scraps) I found in an antique store awhile back that I had finished. Years from now, wrapped up in the blanket, I hope he’ll reminisce on this birthday we shared together.

I count my lucky stars to have you forever, Babe.

Love you!

31 Responses to Birthday Date at the Drive-In

  • Ashleigh says:

    I love reading your blog! I am constantly trying to find a fun date night but can’t spend a lot of money…this is so romantic and classic..I LOVE IT!


  • This is such a sweet idea for a birthday celebration. I’m sure it took a lot of work and your hubby totally appreciated that. Plus it made for some memorable pics! Great job on the Movie Marquee too!


  • Tara says:

    How stinking cute are you!? What a fabulous idea. How did you project the movie? We have no drive ins near by and I know my hubby would just LOVE this!


    • missy says:

      It’s just a projector hooked up to a DVD machine and a hung table cloth. I rented the system from ATS rentals (shows right up at your door and you return at a UPS center). Easy!


  • laura says:

    This is just the cutest idea I have seen in a long time! What a perfect date night. I absolutely love the movie marquee. Fancy little thing. Now I feel like making one, do you happen to have a tutorial on how you did it?


    • missy says:

      Kicking myself in the face I didn’t do step by step picture instructions… but maybe I could do a post explaining it?


  • Jen says:

    You’re terrific. I appreciate how your blog is adorable with a twist of real. You were born to be cute and share cute-ness with the world and you do it well.

    The same wind blows on us all and our canvas isn’t always painted with the most beautiful colors. I appreciate you for rising above the ‘stuff’ to share a sweet, simple, beautiful way of living.


  • Cas says:

    Hmmm we have a sedan but surely I could do a family movie night like this with blow up mattresses, or the trampoline plus loads of blankets and big pillows. Are you using a projector? Beautiful. Any tips on what to get my hubby for our second wedding anniversary- cotton? You are so amazing at creative ideas!


    • missy says:

      A trampoline would be an awesome idea! Yes, it’s a projector from ATS rentals!

      How about a cotton quilt?! Wink wink.


  • Leigh says:

    This is the cutest sweetest birthday gift! I love it! I will have to keep it in mind for future birthdays with my husband since soon we will have little ones we don’t want to leave too far behind!


  • KatieRose says:

    What an amazing date! I love everything about this, all down to the concession bucket! You are so creative. I am sure he loved it!


  • It looks like the two of you had a wonderful time! Love the DIY movie sign!

    This is one of my favorite date night ideas! It is so cozy and romantic. I like to call it “Drive In Delight” and I actually featured this idea on my blog this month as well.

    I have been participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge during April and my theme for the challenge is “Romantic Date Night Ideas.” So if you are looking for even more romantic date night ideas, please stop by.


  • Betheny says:

    Thank you for sharing! My hubby and I hit up our local drive-in often, but this is even better! Thank you for giving us a look into your life. I truly enjoy all your posts.


  • Erin Blodgett says:

    So cute! I love your photography, how do you shoot all of these, tripod? And the lighting in your bathroom pics of your boys painting, a great window? Thanks, always looking for tips!


  • Hi Missy! So, I just recently discovered your blog thanks to my sister:) You are so inspirational! I adore all your cute ideas for holidays and family fun times! I’m a momma to 4 cute little girls and you have inspired me. You have so much energy to do all you do! I love how you feed your family. I really need to be better at buying better quality foods. Not that we eat terrible all the time, but I could definitely do a better job. Thank you for all you share on food, family fun, fashion, and decor. Its been a blast going through your blog!


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