Movie theatres are getting fancier and fancier these days... and more expensive! Why not save a few bucks, relax at home and bring that fancy movie night to your own casa?! Invite over a bunch of friends, or just cosy up with your boo--hosting your own movie night will allow you to kick your feet up, pause when you want to for jokes or bathroom breaks and most importantly, eat unlimited amounts of homemade snacks on the cheap! I'm sharing 8 ways to take your movie night at home to the next level!! Want more ideas? Check out my At Home Movie Night Collection.
Have an Awesome Popcorn Bar
What's a good flick without popcorn!? Give your guests something to talk about with a DIY popcorn bar. Set out spices and toppings and go wild! Try curry popcorn, sriracha popcorn or take a turn for the sweet stuff with caramel popcorn! Don't forget the popcorn containers either! It makes the whole situation feel more legit!
Let Your Guests Choose the Movie
Get your guests involved in the movie choice. I like to have 3 or 4 movies for my guests to choose from and let everyone cast a vote! Options can range from a classic, comedy, foreign film to dramas. It's a great conversation starter.
Pump up the Volume
Turn your living room into a theatre! Invest in a good home theatre surround sound system. It makes a big difference. Place a few speakers behind the sofa and in front; that way the sound will be coming from all directions.
Serve Plenty of Snacks & Goodies
You can never have too many movie snacks. Offer a good mix of healthy and more classic movie items (nachos anyone?). Try a cheese plate if you want to go fancy shmancy or guacamole and tortilla crisps for endless snacking. Place large trays out on the floor amongst the pillows (I love the look of Moroccan trays) so people have a good place to set down food and drinks.
With projectors becoming more and more affordable, lately a lot of friends have been taking the movie nights outdoors (this is also great if you’re living in a small house but you have room outside). When hosting outdoors, set the scene with rugs and pillows, and be sure to sprinkle hanging lanterns and floor lanterns around to create that magical ambiance.
Leave Time for Chatting (before or after)
Make sure to leave plenty of mingle time for your guests. Since you'll be sitting in silence for close to two hours, invite your guests over an hour before you start the film or have them stay after to catch up and mingle.
See It On The Big Screen
It's amazing how affordable projectors are these days! For the cost of a few trips to the movies you can get your own projector. Find (or create) a blank white wall in your house or garden and get ready to go into movieland!