Family Date Night

How one Washington, DC family spends some quality time together

by , posted on January 24th, 2010 in The Love Issue

The family gathers around a play table to prepare for pizza and movie night.

Sometimes we get so swept up in the day to day of running errands, packing lunches and carpooling that we forget to slow down and spend a little quality time together. It can be just what the family needs. This Valentine’s Day, try hosting your own movie night to reconnect with the ones you love. It can be as simple as pizza and a movie, but a little concession stand stocked with treats goes a long way.

Join us as we enter the home of our friends, Smithsonian exhibit designers, Clare and Jeremiah who, along with their two girls, show us how they spend a special family night in.


Child-sized rolling pins are perfect for little hands. Our makeshift concession stand is stocked with treats for movie watching.


Pink drinks, candy and boxes of popcorn are treats worth sharing.


The curtains open and the movie begins.


Photographs by Dave K. Cooper

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8 Responses to “Family Date Night”

  1. Aliza Says:

    February 2nd, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Love! it!


  2. Janelle Diamond Says:

    February 3rd, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    everything is so beautiful—the food, the girls, the concession stand!


  3. Jennifer Cooper Says:

    February 3rd, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks Aliza & Janelle. We had so much fun with this one!


  4. Talk Shop » Classic Play Says:

    February 3rd, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    [...] theme is “Love.” There are some really beautiful personal essays, but also ideas for family date night (with beautiful photographs by Jennifer’s husband Dave) and some treat suggestions for your [...]

  5. Andrea Says:

    February 4th, 2010 at 1:23 am

    How wonderful. I can’t wait until we can do movie night at my house! I’m thinking Annie!


  6. Laura Bergstrom Says:

    February 10th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    so wonderful. great pics & idea…thanks for *inviting us in*.


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    December 2nd, 2010 at 1:42 am

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