Monday, April 4, 2011

5 Tips For Movie Night Success

We are huge movie buffs; we can come up with an appropriate movie quote in just about any given situation.  Netflix is the next best thing in our house since sliced bread. One of our favorite things to do on a Friday night is make pizza and cozy into a great movie. We are not picky about genre, variety is great - as long as it's a good flick we are happy. A movie that will generate laughter or a great topic of conversation are always our favorites.

Here are our top five tips for making movie night successful and more fun. Make your next family night a movie night!

1. Create an environment. Set up your room to make it extra comfy with lots of pillows and blankets. You want to be able to just snuggle right in and enjoy. Lighting is important too. You want the lights lowered with a lamp or nightlights. We have two trees in our family room that I have strung white Christmas lights onto. Turn off the lights, plug in the trees - instant movie lighting.

2. Snacks, Snacks, Snacks. Make movie night an event by going to the store together to get your movie snacks. Let each person pick their favorite snack and drink to bring home and share; and don't forget the popcorn! Our favorite snacks: Peanut M&M's, Jr. Mints, trail mix, popcorn and lots of Diet Cherry Pepsi.

3. Have a theme night to make it more fun. When Napoleon Dynamite came out we had a party; Before the movie we had dinner and served corn dogs, tater "tots" and skim milk in individual containers. We played Jamiroquai for background music (that is the band that plays the song Napoleon dances to in the end) and then gathered with our snacks and snuggled in for a good laugh. Look at the movie you are going to watch and see if you can make it into a theme night.

4. Movie selection is important. If you do movie night often, as we do, let each family member have a night to pick a movie of their choice and take turns each week. This is a great way to get variety in your movie viewing and watching something you might not otherwise watch. Make sure that when the person is picking their movie they keep in mind the feelings of everyone else. You wouldn't want to pick a scary ghost story if another family member is prone to nightmares. If movie night is not a regular occurrence in your home, then make sure to involve everyone in the selection process.

5. Turn off all distractions. No cell phones or computers. Ignore the phone if it rings and let the answering machine pick up, that's what you have it for. This is family time so keep it that way. Even when the movie is over, keep the distractions away long enough to discuss the movie and what everyone thought about it. We've had some great after movie discussions in our house. Sometimes that's the best part.

Plan a movie night for this weekend. Pick one night where everyone can be home and make it a fun event that all will look forward to.

picture taken by Christopher Bacon

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