What to Wear
If you're channeling Bella Swan and want to be fairly casual, try a cute, feminine top with your favorite jeans. For girls who have more in common with Alice, it's hard to go wrong with a little black dress.
How to Decorate
For a romantic movie night, go with romantic decorations — candles, dim lighting, and some flowers in a vase. Make sure the fragrance of the candles and flowers won't overwhelm your dinner. Scented candles are fine for just watching the movie, but go with unscented candles wherever you're going to eat. Going with Gothic, vampire-looking décor is another way to go, but it's certainly not necessary. The Cullens are vampires, but they live in a light, modern, airy house.
What to Watch
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, obviously. Since it's a movie night for the both of you, multiple Twilight movies will probably be a little much for most guys. If you want to watch more than one flick, consider watching Fright Night as your other movie. It'll keep with the vampire theme, it's pretty funny, and who doesn't want to watch Colin Farrell for a couple of hours?
Also, though it may seem like a good fit for a vampire theme, avoid the 1992 adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. With Francis Ford Coppola, Gary Oldman, and Keanu Reeves involved in the flick, it may sound like a can't miss, but trust us, it's one to avoid.
By the way, if your guy went with you to see Breaking Dawn in the theater and is willing to watch it again in March, he's a keeper.
What to Drink
Drink for blood-suckers of all ages
Type 0 Negative Punch
This is a great drink for two people but not for a crowd… Unless you want to spend the whole night muddling. Take a few blackberries, sprinkle with sugar, and muddle
in a glass. Next, strain mixture into serving glass. Add equal parts apple-cranberry sparkling cider and club soda. (To get a really intense blood-red color, pour cider and soda through berry-filled strainer as well.) Serve over ice, or if you're really going for the bloody look, skip the ice but chill all ingredients before mixing.
Cocktail for the undead and of age
Sangria — garnished with blood oranges of course — is a great choice for a romantic, movie night cocktail.
What to Eat
Salty Movie Snack
Popcorn works just as well for the romantic movie night as it does for the girls' night, but stick with the theme and pop some red kernels for a snack. Sure, they'll look normal when they're popped, but they'll look like creepy, bloody teeth beforehand.
Sweet Movie Snack
Well, if your boyfriend is as sweet and old-fashioned as Edward, he may have brought you a bag of Ghirardelli chocolates to snack on. If not, you could always whip up some brownies.
Did you know that Washington has the highest fresh pear production in the US? Celebrate the state where Bella and Edward met by adding a salad that includes pears to the menu. There are plenty of recipes around to choose from, so it can be as fancy or as simple as you want.
While Edward and Bella fed on live mountain lions for their first real meal together, this is probably not the ideal romantic meal for your average couple. Instead, carry over the Pacific Northwest theme from the salad into your main course. Maybe do some grilled salmon, or make a meal out of fried razor clams. If you and your date aren't big fans of seafood, maybe try some pork tenderloin with apples. Washington State is known for its apples as well as its pears. If, like Bella, you have the responsibilities of school as well as a part-time job, there may not be time for all this cooking. In that case, just order some carryout. It's a great way to have dinner from your favorite restaurant without dealing with the long waits and weekend restaurant crowds.
Bleeding Chocolate Cakes
• 3 oz semi-sweet chocolate
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
• 1/4 cup red wine
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1 cup confectioner's sugar
• 3 eggs
• 1/2 cup flour
• 1/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 425°F. Thoroughly butter 5 (6 oz) ramekins or soufflé dishes (oven-safe mugs or coffee cups will work in a pinch).
Microwave chocolate and butter together in microwavable bowl on medium high until butter is completely melted (1-1/2 to 2 minutes). Stir with wire whisk until chocolate is melted as well (depending on your microwave, you may need to pop it back in for another 20 seconds or so). Stir in wine, vanilla, and sugar. Mix until well blended. Stir in eggs, followed by flour and buttermilk. Pour batter into greased cups and place on baking sheet. Bake for about 14 minutes. The edges of the cakes should be firm, but the centers will still be fairly loose. Let sit for a minute, then loosen around the edges using a knife. Turn out on to plate. Hopefully they'll make neat little cakes, but if they start to ooze during the turning-out process, don't sweat it; they'll still be delicious. Serve immediately.
Options: If you don't want to include wine, just add a little more buttermilk instead.
For a spongier cake, bake in cake pan with 3/4 inch of water in the bottom at 350°F for 13 minutes, then remove from oven. Take cups out of water and move onto a cookie sheet. Increase heat to 425°F. When temperature is reached, return cakes to oven for about 5 minutes to finish.
Since cakes are served hot, batter can be made a few hours ahead of time if, for whatever reasons, baking together doesn't sound fun or romantic. Also, five cakes is probably too many for just a couple to eat, but this way, you'll have some to share with any roommates, parents, or neighbors nearby.
If you and your guy (or you and your girls — this works for both) are already on chocolate overkill from the recent Valentine season, a poundcake (either home made or store bought) with some sort of red, fruity sauce could be a good alternative.
Have a great time with your Breaking Dawn – Part 2 romantic vampire dinner, and remember, The Host is in theaters later this month.