Have a Valentine movie + dinner on us

Dinner + a movie, that’s how we usually roll, on an early Thursday night matinee movie for date night at my house.  We’re a little bit gangsta like that.  I need to be in bed before 9 o’clock, and you know, school night!

This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks everyone for entering!  Comment #93 is our winner.

valentine movie + dinner

Please tell me you’re less of an old lady than me and have regular dates at normal times of the day (and night).  Please bless you see a movie in the dark of night (not the afternoon matinee special I’m so fond of, just like the rest of the retirement community) and as you’re planning a little something with your Valentine it won’t include an early bird special dinner (my favorite!).

One of you lucky non-boring movie goers has the glorious opportunity to have a Valentine movie + dinner on us, Petit Elefant this Valentine’s Day.  Or whatever day, I don’t like to label what we have together.

Here’s the skivvy on this Fandango (onomatopoeia!) giveaway:

One (1) winner will receive:

  • $30 Fandango gift card
  • $100 Visa gift card


  • Leave a comment on this post
  • Be sure to include your contact info or you will be ineligible to win!
  • Giveaway ends Monday February 11th, 2013.
  • Winner will be announced at the top of THIS POST
  • Good luck!

If you need a little movie inspiration check out Fandango’s Valentine’s Movie Guide.  Bonus points if you recreate the scene from Ghost!

valentine's movie + dinner

Get nuts and play a little game to maybe, possibly, sometimes win a year’s worth of romantic movies.  (ooh! you could watch them in bed like me.)

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Hello there! I’m Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I’m super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we’re a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. kathleenicanrah :

    How wonderful! (we LOVE early movies+early dinner too!)

  2. Megan :

    We love movies and dinner dates!

  3. Katie :

    Awesome, such a nice giveaway!

  4. Genna E :

    Love movies and food and would love to win :)

  5. Miya :

    Dinner & A Movie! This is one of my all time favorite Mommy/Daughter dates. My daughter would be ECSTATIC! What a great giveaway.

  6. Paula :

    Sounds like a great date night to me! Sign me up.

  7. Melissa D :

    Oh goodness; on the very rare occasion the husband and I go out for a movie, it’s always the 2:00 show – if we’re lucky, an affordable lunch beforehand. Not exactly painting the town! This would be an amazing excuse to go a little nuts and make it a true date night!

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  8. Chele :

    I’m sooooooooo cheap — I usually only do matinees! Evening movies are super-exotic treats! :-)

  9. grace :

    love it. We are also early bed people. lights out by 10pm!

  10. Brooke :

    Our dates are sadly of the,”let’s put the kids to bed early and catch up on Modern Family” variety. This would be a welcome change!

  11. Alicia :

    I just love movie dates with my sweetie! We tend to go to the earlier show….there’s usually less people and we get better seats! :)

  12. Allie / 6000 Miles to Home :

    Love it! We hardly ever make it to the movies anymore, but I love it when we do. Thanks!

  13. SS :

    Oh I so have an old lady bedtime too! I love it.

  14. Lisa Boshell :

    Fun! I always love a movie date :)

  15. Sara :

    We love dinner and a movie dates! This would be perfect for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! Fingers crossed!

  16. Allison :

    Movies and food. Two of my most favorite things!

  17. Tiffany Winner :

    we always have the kids with us so we would probably see some kind of family-friendly movie if we win


  18. LAURA :

    LOVE this giveaway! Crossing my fingers and toes!

  19. Donna :

    My favorite?” Watching a long-anticipated movie on the Imax. Without kids. Cuz when it’s Date Night, it’s DATE NIGHT!

  20. the Garment Farmer :

    I like to be in bed by 9 when possible too! ;) But I’d totally stay out past bed time to see a good movie with my man.

  21. cabesh :

    Ummm, awesome! If I don’t win, movies in bed will be a great backup.

  22. katie :

    fingers crossed!! still haven’t seen les mis (no, i don’t live under a rock, i just have a newborn!). Maybe this is the PUSH we need to get us out the door & on a date!!

  23. Stephanie :

    Groovy! Sounds like a fantastic way to spend any evening!

  24. Beth Cole :

    Thanks for this. This would be great for our tiny date budget!

  25. Emily :

    Dinner and a movie sounds like a great way to spend Valentine’s Day! Yay!

  26. Roxanne M. :

    I can’t even imagine eating somewhere where $100 is needed. Better start looking?

  27. Jill :

    Fun! Rarely do we make it to a movie, but I would love having an excuse to go!

  28. Laura Lampe :

    Pick me! Pick me! We’re movie freaks, and dinner freaks, but man those dates can get expensive. I stand firm that they are necessary to continued marital bliss, however.

  29. Mami2jcn :

    Awesome giveaway! We’d love a night out at the movies!

  30. Kylie :

    I’m an old lady at 26, so that sounds like the perfect night!

  31. Zhaleh :

    I am glad I am not the only matinee movie watcher. I admit though my reasons are more to avoid the masses, I hate getting a bad seat at the theatre.

  32. Jules :

    Happy Valentines Day to me!

  33. Tobie :

    Pick me!!! Please :).

  34. Michelle V :

    Sounds great! We love dinner and a movie

  35. Denise :

    What a nice giveaway! My husband and I have been together for almost 30 years. I can’t remember the last time we had a valentine’s day date!

  36. Kris Tina :

    Oh yes – this would be perfect!

  37. Ashley H :

    I love a good date night :).

  38. Rebecca :

    How fantastic! My husband and I could use a night out together.

  39. Roxanne :

    Movie nights are the best!

  40. andrea :

    I would LOVE a good ol fashion dinner and movie night!

  41. Katrina :

    Well considering that my husbands birthday is on the 19th and Valentine’s is on the 14th, this would do me a twofer. Also, considering we don’t have a pottery wheel,we will be needing some entertainment! :)

  42. Emily Woods :

    This would be wonderful, just in time for our second anniversary!

  43. Jenny :

    We like to be home by 11 :-) yeah-clinging to youth. Hope we win, with the price of babysitters in the city we rarely go out!

  44. Carey :

    As a full time student and mom of 3, the only late nights I pull are for studying!! Thanks for a fun giveaway.

  45. Leana :

    Sadly I’m right there with you on the early nights in. I may make an exception for this wonderful date night, though. Thanks!

  46. Jessica F :

    Awesome prize! We have dates early in the night so we can get back in time to still have a good night’s sleep :)

  47. Cassie Stephan :

    This would be so wonderful to win. Date night: free edition ;)

  48. Ella :

    We haven’t had a date night in years. I guess work and homework get in the way?

  49. Brooke :

    What a great giveaway. Thank you for the chance to have a night out. brooke.a.davis@gmail.com

  50. Sara :

    Oh how wonderful to have a date night. With a 1 year old they don’t happen near often enough!

  51. Theresa :

    A date night would be great!

  52. Kaylan :

    I love dinner and movie night! Perfect combo

  53. mary matheson :

    This is so sweet. I would love to treat my husband to a dinner/movie date. Thanks! :)

  54. sara :

    Our Valentines plan was sushi and a movie, the weekend after Valentines. This would be such a treat!

  55. Marcie :

    Dinner & Movie? I’m in!

  56. HEatger D :

    Ive only been reading your blog for a couple of weeks, but I’m really enjoying it!

  57. Jennie :

    Oh. It has been years since my husband and I went to a movie together just the 2 of us. And,… probably before the 7 year old was born before we out to a night movie. Le sigh

  58. Jennie :

    Oh dear. I inputed my email addy incorrectly in the above comment, so if number 57 wins, this one is the correct email! I swear!

  59. Heidi E :

    I love going to the theater! Whether it be with my hubby, my kids, my in-laws, my Mom or a friend. I love movies! Especially on a big screen, with some hot buttered popcorn, a huge diet coke and a box of junior mints! Never gets old!

    bnheskelson at hotmail dot com

  60. Aubrey Archuleta :

    Done and done. Great giveaway!

  61. Dana Garcia :

    I’d love to have a date night with my hubby……Pick me please!!!! ;-)

  62. Amanda George :

    Awesome sauce ! Me and hubby need some time for us !

  63. Christina Harley :

    Wow! This would be great to win because 3 out of 5 bdays in our family are in February, so the hubs and I never get a chance to spend anything on valentines day! There are some good movies premiering this Feb. 14th too!! :)

  64. Cami Waring :

    This would give my boyfriend and I a great Valentine’s day! We both attend school in a town that’s small, but brimming with culture. We could use the Visa card on a dinner at one of the fantastic restaurants in town, and then end the night with a rom com, which he actually likes!

  65. Emily :

    I’m dying to see Silver Linings Playbook and this would be the perfect opportunity!

  66. Marlene :

    Fun! Love movie dates!

  67. Alison :


  68. Britanie Myers :

    With my husband working full time and in school
    Full time, A free date would be amazing!

  69. Emily :

    Great giveaway! We could use a date. ;-)

  70. Zina W :

    We do actually go on dates sometimes–especially if we win this.

  71. Kelley :

    This is going to make one us very happy for V-day!

  72. Carina :

    I know my chances are slim, but I would LOVE to win! We love Fandango!

  73. HollowSquirrel :

    We love Fandango, movies and eating, so sign us up for a chance!

  74. Betty :

    excellent! LOVE dinner+movie date night my my hubby

  75. Ashley H :

    Going to the movies and eating a nice sushi dinner is one of my favorite things to do with my husband. Would love to win!

  76. Erica F. :

    I’m so far behind on seeing Oscar movie nominees! I’ll see Silver Linings Playbook, please.

  77. Whitney Lavender :

    You are still doing better than us. Our last date was 3 years ago, which was just a couple months before our second child was born. We finally have someone to babysit our munchkins, but have not found the time to have a date when the finances will allow for it. This could totally be our chance!!! Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  78. Gail :

    Thanks for the giveaway – can’t remember the last time we saw a movie together – LOL

  79. BreAnne Mansell :

    Fandango reminds me to get the hell out of the house and go see a great movie! Plus that Visa gift card will come in handy when I buy $30 at the concession stand!

  80. Wild Orchid :

    We would love to use this for dinner and a movie! Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  81. stacey :

    oooh a date night!

  82. kimberly :

    our dates are always netflix and icecream! ;) a real date sound lovely! good luck all!!

  83. Hilary Fallon :

    I would love to win a Valentine date with my husband. Thanks.

  84. AJ :

    A date night…..can someone remind me what those are??? Sounds like fun! :)

  85. Lindsay Neff :

    How fun! I’m like you – the redbox from home while the kids are napping…that’s the way to go!!!

  86. Robyn Buchbach :

    My hubby is a shift worker and of course is rostered on to work valentines afternoon. So, we’re having an anti valentines day a few days later. We’re going go-carting, having burgers for lunch then going to see an action movie!

  87. maurainelle :

    Yay! I’m excited just at the possibility! Three cheers for blog sponsors!

  88. Kacey :

    Movie? Dinner? Yes please! I’ve just discovered your blog and I LOVE IT!

  89. Kristin :

    My favorite restaurant is an hour away (2 in traffic), so my BF & I are probably doing valentine’s day that weekend.

  90. Kay :

    We haven’t had a date night {out} in a looooong time. What a fun….and timely, I might add, give away!!! Thanks for thinking of your fans! :)

    Contact info: Kay; elderberrylaneinc@gmail.com

  91. Tiffany M :

    Fun! I haven’t been to a theater in ages…do they still sell popcorn? :)

  92. Tiffany M :

    Fun! I haven’t been to a theater in ages…do they still sell popcorn? :) ts_miller@hotmail.com

  93. Brenda :

    We are movie junkies,but with kids it’s hard to get out of the house. Thank goodness for Netflix…. And you for the chance to win a free movie (and dinner!!)
    Brenda (dot) bird (at) yahoo (dot) com

  94. vanessa :

    What a perfect giveaway

  95. Karen Hibl :

    I’d love love love to win!!!

  96. Carole :

    Yes please!!! We’d love a good excuse for a date night :)

  97. Elizabeth :

    Well this would be absolutely fantastic! Me and my fiance aren’t even planning anything this year. Tight budget going on. :| Blehh.

  98. Peggy :

    Movie and dinner date nights are the best!

  99. Erin B :

    this would be such a treat the last movie we saw together was toy story 3… we could use a splurge from the kids. We are super boring too.

  100. trish :

    we love to do an early movie then have dinner, so we can discuss it while we eat!

  101. Alix Lewis :

    I am so hoping I can win this for me and my honey! I don’t have much money for this valentines and this would make our day!! Alixlewis@ymail.com

  102. Maria :

    My valentine date is my 9 year old daughter. :)

  103. Aarika :

    I really need to see more movies!

  104. Linda :

    Such a fun giveaway! Would love a night out like this!

  105. Elizabeth Thompson :

    A movie? Hooray! I would love to get out and treat my husband to a special night. Thanks for the offer!

  106. Elizabeth Thompson :

    A movie? Hooray! I would love to get out and treat my husband to a special night. Thanks for the offer!

  107. Sarah Stickney :

    i want to win

  108. Rik :

    love it! thanks!

  109. Melissa Dockstader :

    Would love to do this with my hubby!

  110. a. lanier :

    the only thing feb 14th means to me this year is the due date of my term paper! i would love to surprise the BF with a movie of his choice!

  111. Sara :

    Hubby & I haven’t been out for a date in ages… Would love dinner and a movie, thanks!

  112. Jenna :

    Any excuse for a date night sounds wonderful!

  113. Stacey Shorr :

    You had me at “on us”. Would love to tell the kids to “say hello to my leetle friend” (the babysitter) and have a date night (what’s that?!) with my hubby. Perhaps we can even find a place that serves fava beans and a nice Chianti. May the odds be ever in our favor!

  114. Lydia :

    That’s so fun! thanks!!

  115. Livivua Chandler :

    What great gesture!- Thankyou

  116. Sheena :

    Oooo sounds fun would love to win. I found your blog through pinterest I’m obsessed.:) ( IF I win contact me at ivyrat2@yahoo.com)

  117. Lauri B. :

    Just stumbled on your site while searching for a German pancake recipe. (Who knew, right??) Fell instantly in love- bookmarked and ready for my daily reading fix. Would love to win the V-Day date!! Had to buy tires unexpectedly and that gobbled up our Valentines Day fun money :( Something to surprise the hubby would be awesome! He deserves it :)

  118. Gabrielle :

    I am an early bird due to my job, so early to bed esp midweek is a must. I recently found your blog and am really liking it. Cheers!

  119. Alicia M :

    We haven’t been on a date since my 2 year old was born! Would love to win this!!

  120. Ali B :

    As a single income family of 5, date night is a rarity for me and the hubbs. This would be fabu!

  121. Heather :

    Movies! :D

  122. Don :

    We never go to the movies because they’re so expensive. With this, we could again!

  123. Jen M :

    We love date night! A movie would be a fun change for us. I’m happy to know others have to do the early date thing too. Sometimes it makes me feel like an old person when we are eating out right at 5:00…oh well, at least we get to go on dates!

  124. Judy Hunsaker :

    I haven’t had a date night for way too long. This would be great! Thanks!

  125. Holly Alexander :

    Movies and Diner ? For free? Its worth a try. :) I love your blog so much- big fan !

  126. TOMI C :

    Just stumbled upon your site! Freakin’ rocks, woman!

    Our Valentines / Lovey Dovey / XOXO Days in the past:

    1st year-We were poor college kids, so we were good with a heart shaped pizza, and my choice of a chick flick, with the hubster (bf at the time) painting my nails/giivng me a man-version of a manicure at home- all very DIY minus the heart shaped pizza-Oh! And he got me a baby bird. :)

    2nd year- Still poor college kids, but we were both a little sick, and he STILL surprised me with dance lessons (swing, salsa and other fun dances), afterward we were treated by our parents for a night out to eat and then a movie!

    3rd year- Typical cards, candy and a night studying together for tests. HOT right?

    4th year- A surprise walk in the first park we had a date at. Kids at work helped me pretty-up, so that made it even more fun/special. :) Picnic style.

    5th year- He got into Geo-caching like crazy that year…so naturally he made himself a prize at the end of my very own geo-cache. Ended up in a hotel, with yummy treats and pretty flowers.

    6th year- We worked, but he made it special by remembering after we got off of work to still have a little us-time. Cards, chocolate covered raspberries, and of course- PIZZA and Netflix!

    7th year- Our first year as husband and wife. So we did husband and wife things like me still picking out a chick flick, me picking a super yummy restaurant, and getting pampered DIY style. :)

    8th year- We are in our first home that we just purchased this passed year, so our plan is to work out together, stay indoors, cook up some healthy Italian yumminess, and HOPEFULLY USE A FANDANGO giftycard for the time after! :)


  127. Julie :

    thanks for such a great giveaway :)

  128. jaqui mallett :

    I love late movies!!! :) what a nice thing you are doing, we would love it!

  129. Ellie W :

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love a date night with hubby.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  130. Meagan :

    Love your awesome ideas! I’m just as old hearted as you, 9pm bedtime and I’m only 24. Hubby and I are newlywed college kids – we’d love a date night!

  131. Ruth :

    Hello! I love your site. First time visitor, and I know I’ll be browsing all day (secretively…at work, you know!).
    My man is rather cynical about this holiday. With your help…maybe I can put the little bit of sweetness and wonder back into it…no excuses right?
    Every day of course is Valentine’s Day when your man does your laundry and cooks for you and takes care of your little one. So, this one, especially (well all of them) I would really like to make the holiday about him.
    If I won, I can assure you my hardworking-educating-loving man, could really celebrate the way he loves best. Thanks for the opportunity!

  132. Heather :

    This would be so nice. The boyfriend and I hardly ever go to movies because it’s gotten so expensive.

  133. Laura Jacobson :

    Oh that sounds so wonderful!!! Thanks for the great giveaway! Hope Im not too late to enter :)

  134. Jill B :

    This would be the most wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! We exchanged our gifts last night (all homemade)– collections of love letters to open, one at a time, throughout the year. We were too excited to wait until Thursday. And as much as we wanted to go out this year, it’s just not in the cards for us right now. We would love so much to see so, so many $6 matinee movies and go to the local independent movie nights at our local theater and eat burritos from the little Mexican restaurant next door afterward– that’s our perfect date night!

    Here is to hoping; we have our fingers crossed!

    (And, shhh, don’t tell, I have you gelatin mask on right now– works great! Thank you! )

  135. rebekah felkel :

    love love love spending time with my hubby at the movies and for dinner- but as new parents of now 2- its hard with time and money! would love the prize :)

  136. Carly :

    Love spending time at the movies! We would love the chance to have a night out.

  137. GrannyAnnie :

    Haven’t been to a movie in forever, or a night out!

  138. jen s. :

    this would be perfect: movie + food = a good night. Thanks so much!