Whether you have a 19-inch TV or a big flatscreen, movie nights should be a blast. They are an inexpensive way to relax and enjoy the evening with those you love. Here are 10 simple ways to jazz up the movie nights in your household.
1. Light it up. Set the mood with candles, or hang a string of Christmas lights. If you have a fireplace, get it going. No matter what, make sure the lights are low.
2. Get comfy. Blow up the air mattress, set up the pull-out couch, or simply cover the carpet with piles and piles of blankets and pillows. The goal is to be so comfortable you don’t even make it to your bed after the movie, you simply sleep where you are.
3. Dressing up. Invite all of your movie watchers to dress up in clothing that is connected to the theme of the movie. Think ties and scarves for Harry Potter night, or red shoes for “The Wizard of Oz.” Props are welcome.
4. Read it first. As a group, read the book ahead of time, then watch the movie together. Enjoy the lively discussions afterwards comparing the two. Was the book really better than the movie?
5. Creative munchies. Have snacks that tie into the specific movie. For instance, if you’re watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, pick up some bars of chocolate or get a box of chocolates for “Forrest Gump.”
6. Pop Deluxe. Go beyond butter and serve uniquely flavored popcorn.
7. Avoid surprises. You don’t always have the time to preview every questionable movie that your kids might want to watch. Use the site www.commonsensemedia.org to learn about specific movies from a parent’s point of view ahead of time.
8. Rent an outdoor theater. Although a bigger expense, you can invite a crowd and have everyone pitch in a few bucks. There’s little better than watching a good flick under the stars.
9. Personal pans. Have a Make-Your-Own-Pizza night in conjunction to your movie night. Everyone gets to create their own personal pan pizzas to eat during the show. Have fun with lots of toppings!
10. Classic scenes. Instead of watching an entire movie, watch only your favorite scenes from a handful of movies. Have everyone get involved by bringing their favorite DVDs and sharing why they love the scenes they do.