Family Fun

Birthday Date at the Drive-In

April 22, 2013

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!


  • Reply aimee @like mother like daughter April 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a fabulous idea! I have been wanting to go to the drivein for a while! I couldn’t drive our car into the back yard though, and I’m not sure if I would want to do this in the front. What a creative birthday gift though!

  • Reply shannon April 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    What a seriously fun date idea!!! Love all of your cute snacks and little touches.

  • Reply Ashleigh April 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    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!

  • Reply Kelly at Turned up to Eleven! April 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    this is SUCH a sweet idea. Well done, well played and well executed. I bet your hubby was floored!

    *** I would love to know your instagram handle!

    • Reply missy April 24, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you so much, Kelly!

      Instagram handle is: @xoPinkPistachio

  • Reply Brittany @ kitchen::candid April 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    If that is not the sweetest birthday surprise I don’t know what is!!! A handmade quilt AND setting up your own “drive in” theatre….you are seriously Super Wife!!

  • Reply Lesley Watson April 22, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    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!

  • Reply Tara April 23, 2013 at 12:00 am

    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!

    • Reply missy April 24, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      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!

  • Reply laura April 23, 2013 at 12:28 am

    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?

    • Reply missy April 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm

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

  • Reply Jen April 23, 2013 at 1:09 am

    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.

    • Reply missy April 24, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      One of the most touching comments I’ve ever received. Thank you kindly, Jen.

  • Reply Layne April 23, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Awesome idea!!! You are so creative! My goal is to be just like you! :)

  • Reply Noelle April 23, 2013 at 3:22 am

    That is amazing!! I think he is the lucky one!! I love the movie board.. absolutely awesome!

  • Reply Serena | Pretty Fluffy April 23, 2013 at 3:24 am

    WOW! You knocked it out of the park with this one Missy. Such a cute idea and your styling is just gorgeous. I think I may just steal this idea for my husband’s next birthday :)

  • Reply Cas April 23, 2013 at 11:29 am

    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!

    • Reply missy April 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm

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

      How about a cotton quilt?! Wink wink.

  • Reply lauren April 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Missy, you made your hubs a quilt?! That is awesome and so crafty! I love the DIY drive in idea, so creative!
    ~ Lo

  • Reply Carla April 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Truly amazing!!!!

  • Reply Leigh April 23, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    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!

  • Reply KatieRose April 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    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!

  • Reply Dayle Gabriella Pereira April 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    How adorable! Wishes to your husby & he’s so lucky to have a wife as amazing as you πŸ˜€

  • Reply jaclyn @ April 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    aww you’re too adorable!! what a great way to celebrate his bday!!!

  • Reply Rechelle Owens, Romance Author April 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    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.

  • Reply Betheny April 24, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    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.

  • Reply Natasha April 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    That’s an AMZING idea!!!!
    I’m daydreaming of smth like that =)))))
    But we have neither a background, nor car =)))))))

  • Reply Aimee April 29, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Where did you get the super cute, trays? I have been looking all over for some!

  • Reply Krista Nile May 1, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    This is amazing! You are so creative!!

  • Reply Erin Blodgett May 9, 2013 at 1:23 am

    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!

  • Reply Krista Christensen May 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    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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