Now that that weather is beginning to get cold and wet, we all have to spend a bit more time inside our homes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t see your friends or have fun. Hosting a movie night allows you to spend time with your loved ones while enjoying a movie or two. You don’t have to go outside and you can just relax and unwind together. It’s the ideal activity for the winter and can be relatively cheap and stress-free. But rather than making your move night like any other night in, why not put in some extra effort. Take a look at these fantastic tips which will take your movie night from amateur to award-winning.
Comfortable seating is a must
Comfortable seating is a key element of a successful movie night. Without it, your guests won’t be happy, and you’ll have trouble keeping everyone focused on the film. This is why you need to make comfortable seating a top priority for your party. You need to make sure you have seating for every person you have invited. If you’ve only invited a few, your sofas may be sufficient enough. It’s unlikely that you have rows upon rows of reclining chairs in your living room. So if you have invited a lot of people, you need to organize additional means of seating for your home.
You could buy large oversized pillows which can be scattered across the floor. Inflatable mattresses with sleeping bags on are another option. Foldable chairs are also a good seating option, just make sure they have a pillow or seat pad included. You could even buy a product from Comfy Sacks that allows multiple people to sit comfortably. Whichever option you choose, buy in advance to ensure you have them in time for your party. If you are just sticking to your sofas, remember to add additional pillows and blankets to make your guests extra comfy.
Be smart with your movie choices
Just because you love old black and white movies, doesn’t mean that all of your guests will. Choosing films only based on your own personal preferences can make your movie night dull for others. Understandably this is not the outcome you want. The best way to get around this is by hosting a themed movie night. This gives you the opportunity to watch a variety of movies that everyone can enjoy. You could choose a theme based on a popular actor or actress such as Tom Hanks or Helena Bonham Carter. 80’s and 90’s movie themes are popular as they bring back a whole host of childhood memories. You can choose a movie series such as The Hunger Games where you watch all the movies in one night. The possibilities are endless.
In addition to choosing a theme, also get your guests involved in which movies you watch. If you choose a broad theme such as Christmas, you have endless movie options to choose from. So create an email that involves all of your invited guests and includes a selection of movies. They can then vote on which ones they would like to see. This is not only fun but can also save time by giving your party some structure.
Do a practice run
The last thing you want to discover is that your TV doesn’t work or your films won’t play. This can help you create a memorable occasion but not necessarily for the right reasons. So a week before your movie night, have a practice run. Make sure your TV, remote controls and DVD’s are working correctly. You don’t need to watch the films in their entirety, just make sure they play. Doing this a week in advance will give you time to find replacements or get items fixed before your big night in.
If you are using a projector for your movie night, you should also make sure this is set up and working correctly too. You need to have a large wall space that doesn’t have any distracting features. You might need to move furniture around and remove pictures from your walls temporarily. The lighting of the room you are using also needs to be right. If it is too light, it could distort the image making it difficult to watch. So set up the projector and test the darkness of your room. Again, doing this in advance gives you enough time to find methods to make the space darker. You might want to install heavy curtains or change the lighting.
Don’t forget the popcorn
No movie night would be complete without popcorn. So you need to make sure you can provide plenty of it. You can buy pre-made popcorn from most grocery stores in a variety of flavours. Buy a selection of sweet, salted and chocolate to please all of your guests. Always buy more than you think you will need too. This is a convenient way of providing popcorn, but it isn’t the most memorable. To do that, you need to buy a popcorn maker. This will add some additional fun to your movie night, particularly if your guests can serve themselves. Read reviews from other customers before you buy to make sure you get the most reliable model possible. You should also make sure you know how to use it correctly before your guests arrive.
If you want to supply additional snacks, you might want to consider pizza, nachos and hot dogs. You can even use your food to enhance your theme even more. For instance, for a Harry Potter theme, you could create magical cupcakes with lightening bolts on. There are loads of movie themed recipe ideas online, so go and get inspired.
Take what you have learned from this guide and use it to create an unforgettable movie night your friends and family will love. Don’t be surprised if they start to ask you to host another event in future. It will be hard to stop people wanting to attend when your movie nights are this good. So what are you waiting for? Get the popcorn flowing and start planning your movie night now.