This past Friday night, late work assignments and bad traffic meant the fiance and I couldn’t pursue our original plans for the evening. Still, we wanted to make our unexpected night-in special.
Of course, we did it like adults. Made paninis, uncorked some wine, and built a massive blanket fort in which to watch a movie 🙂
It was quite the undertaking, involving chairs stacked two high, lots of safety pins, some duct tape, the bookshelves on either side of our tv, the couch, and a rather long piece of pvc pipe.
We dragged all our pillows and our comforter in from the bed and got cozy! The only light we had on was from our little fish tank. I think Candide (my beta fish) was a bit confused by the sheets draped over his tank…
The movie we watched was Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, which I enjoyed thoroughly. It’s a fun love story, that isn’t heavy handed on the love bit. And it’s set it 1940’s London, just before England entered the War, so lovely period costuming.I’ve made a few forts in my day, but never used safety pins this liberally. I must say that they make a tremendous difference. I used them to join sheets together, to pin the sheets to the chairs, and to make sure the sheets didn’t slip off the couch.
In a few places, I doubled down, using tape and a pin. The tape didn’t stick all that well to the fabric, so the pin made it secure. Additionally, I gently taped areas of the sheets under high tension before pinning so that the pins didn’t damage the sheets: Basically interfacing for forts!
The fort turned a basic movie night into something much more special, and I’m so glad we tapped our inner children to make it happen!
disclosure: Our inner children are pretty darn close to the surface 😀