Movie night is a great date and a fun time for family. But it can be made even better with these simple tips. Read on to find out how you can make your home movie night spectacular.
Read the Room
The first step to making a movie night awesome is picking the fitting room. Suppose you have kids, like their favourite part of the house and pull out all of your pillows. Ensure that there are no distractions on the site, such as animals or doorbells.
Make it clean. It's not just about having enough seating for everyone to sit down; also make sure that everything looks neat. You want to be surrounded by good energy when you watch your film.
The following are things to do to lighten up your movie night room:
- Hang up some festive lights
- Put out a few scented candles
- Play some calming music in the background
- Use a projector to make the movie screen larger
- If you have a fireplace, light it up
Pick Your Movie Before the Date Night
Picking the movie or film to watch is an excellent idea because you know what to expect. However, if your date night changes the movie time or film at the last minute, that's okay too. You can always find another one and still have fun.
When choosing a movie, consider the following:
Everyone's personal preferences: it is essential to pick a movie that you and your partner will enjoy. For instance, if one of you loves action films and the other hates them, it may not be the best idea to watch an action film for date night.
The time frame: If there is limited time or everyone is busy with work/ school, consider selecting a short movie such as an hour-long TV series episode so that people can still get out in between their schedules.
Availability: If the movie is not available to rent or buy, a streaming service may offer it for free with ads.
Setting: If you are trying to create a specific atmosphere, choosing the movie can help set the mood. For example, if it is a romantic night at home, consider movies like The Notebook or Titanic instead of something more light-hearted, such as Deadpool.
Cuddle factor: If you want a more intimate night, movies with high cuddle factors such as The Fault in Our Stars or The Notebook work great.
Time of day: If you will be watching a movie that will have graphic or adult themes, it is best to watch this in the evening after the kids go to bed so they don't need to see anything they shouldn't.
Family-friendly rating: Consider how much your children will benefit from seeing certain movies vs others. For instance, if it's date night and there are no young ones around, consider saving Disney films for another time.
Theme What You Eat
Themes are a great way to make a movie night something special. Pick a theme and include it in as many parts of your evening as possible. For example, if you pick "under the sea," that might be what you eat, watch at home instead of going out, wear while watching the movie (optional), etc.
The following are theme ideas you can incorporate in your movie night:
Around the world: Pick a movie in different countries or cultures. Eat food from all over the world, too.
Classic movies: Watch an old black and white film and have a classic dinner like steak and potatoes.
Disney night: Have your favorite Disney movies ready to go and dress up as your favorite characters.
Superheroes: Whether it's a new or old movie, get dressed up as your favorite superhero (or villain) and watch the movie together.
Beach party: Turn on some summery music, set up beach towels and umbrellas, eat Pina Coladas and popcorn – perfect for a warm summer evening.
Board Game night: Choose a movie based on a board game and play your favorite games before watching the film.
Romance: Have candles lit all around, make heart-shaped pizzas (pizza dough) or brownies (frosting), and drink champagne.
Upgrade your basic movie popcorn
Popcorns are a classic movie snack, but they can get a little boring after a while. So instead of just sticking with the basics, try out some of these upgrade ideas to make your movie night even more spectacular.
- Add melted butter and salt for a richer flavor
- Sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese or cheddar cheese for extra taste
- Mix in some spices like garlic powder, chili powder, or smoked paprika for a kick
- Stir in some chopped up cooked bacon or crumbled sausage for a savory twist
- Top with shredded coconut, dried cranberries, or dark chocolate chips for sweet and crunchy goodness
- Make your caramel corn by heating butter, brown sugar, and honey. Coat the popped kernels in it before adding a bit of salt or cinnamon
- Sprinkle on some nutritional yeast for cheesy flavor without any dairy
Do Not Forget the Candy
Candy is a movie night must-have. It is the perfect way to top off your popcorn and make your movie-watching experience even more enjoyable. Plus, it's a great way to satisfy any sweet tooth cravings you may have. You can also Host your own virtual pub quiz to simplify things further for you.
The following are candies you can use for your movie night:
Snickers: A staple, Snickers will never go out of style, and they also pair perfectly with popcorn. You can even break them up into bite-size pieces to create the perfect combination.
Lollipops: Lollipops are a great sweet treat to have on hand because you can suck on one throughout the entire film without having to worry about distracting others by crunching down loudly or dropping food particles all over yourself. They're also easy enough that kids won't feel left out at your family movie night.
Sour Patch Kids: These sour candies taste great and provide just as much entertainment as an actual bag of candy would when eaten at the right time during the film. Plus, they're a bit more filling than anything else on this list, meaning that you'll be less tempted to eat an entire bowl of popcorn by yourself.
Go big: Use a Projector
Going big is the key to a spectacular movie night. If you want to make your home movie night unforgettable, consider using a projector. This will add an extra layer of excitement and anticipation to the experience.
Not only will it be more immersive for you and your partner, but it can also be entertaining for friends and family gatherings as well. Just be sure that you have enough space in your backyard or living room to accommodate the projector screen.
Planning for a movie night is half the battle. Making it successful is another thing, but that's easy once you know what to do. Use these tips and tricks for a fantastic movie night with your family or friends without breaking the bank.