i love the spirit of this. that would be sooo much fun!
Friday Night Was Fort Night!
Back in the day when our house was a poly house, I bought a surplus 28’ white parachute. It had some tears but with some quick needle work it looked fine, as long as you didn’t jump out of a airplane with out. The chute had long been retired. But for my purposes, it was perfect!
When Friday night rolled around, we had a weekly house event. We used the parachute to turn our living room into an awesome date fort! We had these bean bag chairs that the mewling would drag out, while Pon and Miriam would make a delicious dinner that was cleverly disguised as finger food and appetizers. My job was to set up the entertainment which of course was one of Disney’s Princess movies! I used a wall projector from work hooked up to a DVD player and used the interior of the white parachute as a projection screen.
Once the fort was complete and stocked with bean bags, snacks and the projector, we would all pile in and watch the movie as we would feed and tease each other for the reast of the night.
After the movie was over, it was a great time for everyone to catch up with each other and gossip/vent about what happened that week. And of course, somewhere in there the pajama bottoms would come off and the moaning would begin. It was good to be the Daddy!
These days getting a movie to project is easier than ever. There are all sorts of ways to get a film to stream to a projector. Any Best Buy should be able to get you hooked up for a decent price.
A parachute is a different story, they can be pricey, even for one that is no longer usable to jump with. Figure to spend about $300 for one that is big enough. You need a width of 20’-30’ feet to make sure you have enough to drape all over the room and still have enough left over to use as a screen. You can still use sheets and other items found around the house to make a fort, but I liked the parachute because it was a quick set-up and the whole linen closest didn’t need to be completely raided every week. Plus the material made a good projection screen. On top of that, the draping effects a parachute can produce is on the romantic side and the military aspect adds to that whole fort vibe.
I am reminiscing a bit tonight. I ran across the parachute tonight in the attic. It brought a smile to my face.