The weather turned cold but you’re still looking for a fun way to entertain the family and relax at the same time. Keep family night simple but special by turning your own living room into a movie theater. Get creative with these few ideas and make it a night to remember.
Transform your living room into the best movie spot in town! Turn chairs or pillows into rows to give it the movie theater feel. Create your own home concession stand complete with popcorn, snacks, and drinks. Then top it all off with a sign displaying the movie! Write the title on a chalkboard or print the movie cover and frame it. Put out boxes or trays for everyone to carry all their snacks to their spot.
The Big Decision
Finding the best movie to play can be a tough decision, start by picking a genre and go from there! Or pick out a few movies that everyone will enjoy, just plan ahead of time for a movie marathon. You can make the night even more memorable by incorporating a theme that matches the movie you picked!
Here are some themes to make your movie night special:
- Holiday movies are best watched when drinking hot cocoa and eating some frosted cookies.
- Superhero movies watched by superheroes! Loosely tie a blanket just above your shoulders to wear your own cape.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is best for a pizza night. Dinner and a show while wearing simple Ninja Turtle masks made from a few strips of fabric.
- Lady and the Tramp served with spaghetti and meatballs. This could get messy slurping up those last few noodles.
- 101 Dalmatians begs for some puppy chow as a sweet treat! Throw in some bone-shaped sprinkles to your recipe.
The Real Feel
Finally, pulling together the final details of your movie night by going to your local store for some cheap decorations or get creative and DIY your own. You can even get the family to help put together decorations! This will get them excited to see their crafts come together for your big family movie night!
Build your concession stand by filling up trays and buckets with your snacks. Put your freshly popped popcorn in a big bucket and have smaller cups or bags for everyone to fill their own. Write out movie-themed notecards for the snack baskets, a superhero theme wouldn’t be complete without Kryptonite suckers! Have a bucket with cold drinks on ice, having drinks with lids help to avoid spills. See a concession stand example here!
Invite your friends or family members by creating personalized tickets for your movie night. You can hand make tickets or print out templates online. Have “TICKET” in bold lettering across the middle and even include the movie title. You can make it more realistic by adding a fake barcode, theater number, row number, and even seat number! See a ticket example here!
Don’t forget to turn off the lights when the movie starts!
Tell us about your movie nights! What are your favorite movie night snacks and traditions?