Streaming services now allow access to thousands of movies at the touch of a button. It is easier than ever to watch what you want when you want. But is it a good thing?
Do you ever miss that thrill of going to the movie theatre? Or renting a DVD from the store while stocking up on candy and soda for your big night in? The good news is, you can bring that magic back to home movies.
We have collected our best six movie night ideas in any easy to read list. Combine a few together and bring the magic of the cinema back to your home!
1. Let the Kids Build a Fort
Now, depending on where you are from, you may have different words for this. A fort, a base, a den are all basically a tent or shelter that your children have made from objects lying around the house.
Let them set up some chairs and hang blankets from it. They can fill the shelter with their favorite plush toys and lots of cushions. Allow them to build their own comfortable zone inside.
Make sure they leave the television side open, so they can poke their heads out and watch the movie. Let them sit in there with some snacks and drinks. By the end of the movie, carry them into bed and begin the tidy up.
Of course, you should not miss out on all the fun. Fill your favorite chair or spot with your cozy blankets and cushions. You could even inflate a mattress and lay it down next to your child’s den.
2. Get Sweet
What would movie night be without some delicious sweet treats? If you are usually quite observant of your child’s sugar intake, this could be one opportunity to allow them some freedom.
Allow them some responsibility by taking them to a store and giving them some cash to spend. This way, they can make decisions on what they want to drink and eat. Make sure you have given a spending limit and if you really want them to avoid certain items, let them know what is out of bounds.
Alternatively, why don’t you try making the treats! Popcorn is a must-have and is easy to prepare with children. You can also keep the sugar levels low if you prepare it yourself.
DIY chocolates are also fun and easy to make. Look online for some ideas on how to make your own confectionary and try some ideas with the children.
3. Go Outdoors With Your Movie Night Ideas
If you have the weather and room in your garden, why not make the movie night outdoors? This can be a great, fun way to put a spin on a traditional cinema evening. With just a few easy to implement ideas, you can make sure everyone feels as if they were in a real theatre.
Firstly, buy or hire a projector. There are lots available, too many to mention here and you can check out reviews of various models online. All you need to do is make sure it hooks up easily to a laptop or streaming device.
Next, you will need a screen. Don’t worry if you do not have money to spend on expensive setups, a white bed sheet spread between two posts or trees will suffice. Wait until darkness falls and it should work excellently with your projector.
4. Hire a Backyard Package
Backyard movies are now so huge that you can even get a backyard movie package from a professional company. They have everything you need to make the perfect movie night for family and friends at excellent prices.
5. Prepare Some Tasty Food
If the sweets and soda are out, then you may as well go all out and get the junk food snacks made! Luckily, these can be done in a tastier and much healthy way than restaurant counterparts.
Try homemaking burgers from a low-fat beef. Pick a wholegrain bread option, then load the whole sandwich with tasty fresh tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and avocado. You can also select a low-fat cheese option to melt over the top.
A great activity to do with children is to home make pizza. Creating dough from scratch allows them to have fun getting messy. It is also a food that requires no cutting with sharp implements to prepare, ensuring your child’s safety.
Select a range of toppings for your pizza and place them into bowls. Everyone in the family can then make their own personal pizza stacked high with their favorite ingredients.
The last idea is a cinema staple, the loaded nachos. Create a Tex-Mex mix using ground beef and spices. Spoon out on top of nachos, cover it in cheese, and then place in the oven for a melted and crisped top.
6. Choose a Classic Movie
Once you have done all the preparation, all that is left to do is choose the movies for your evening. Start by allowing the children a choice of theirs, so they can settle down and prepare for the evening.
The next choice should be yours, and for this, you should choose a classic. Select your favorite movie that you watched as a child and bring the wonder back. They may not have aged well or look cheap to you now, but children will be having the same elements of wonder that you had at that age.
Of course, once the children are in bed or your guests are gone then you will get some time to yourself. Maybe watch something a little more grown-up, such as classic horror. Keep pillows close by for obligatory hiding behind!
Invite Your Friends and Family
Now you have read our movie night ideas, create some invites for family and friends, and book your night in! They are sure to love the thrill and excitement of your home cinema and will love the treats and food you have prepared.
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