Movie night parties are a great way to spice up your otherwise mundane lives, and spend quality time with family, without breaking the bank. With everyone having tight schedules, it’s a perfect way to bond over a nice movie, while curling up on your favorite couch. As the interests of kids keep changing with age and you, as a parent, also get bored with repetitive patterns, it gets difficult to host such exciting nights, both for you and the kids.
Tips for Having a Great Family Movie Night
In case you’re confused about how to choose the film or the essentials for a successful movie night, look no more! Take a look at these tips for having a great family movie night party.
1. Set a Theme
Nowadays, themed cinemas are all the rage, but you don’t need to leave your home, to be a part of the fun gang. Twist your family movie night by setting a theme, and instructing all the members to dress according to the movie.
For example, if your little ones want to watch Frozen, why not sprinkle some snow spray before starting the night, and let the kids dress in a blue sparkly gown of Elsa, and other fun outfits endorsed by Anna. If you’re in the mood to make use of your creative skills, make an Olaf with polystyrene or order it.
2. Make Tickets
To give your family members all the feel of a cinema, try creating your tickets for the family movie night party. You can either download the template online or let your creative juices flow and design them yourself. After that, you can write names on these tickets. To make it more fun, you can even write the habits/traits of each family member, on his/her ticket.
For example, if your son wakes up late and is always sleepy, write ‘sleepyhead’ under his name, and make it bold!! After that, make sure that everyone makes a queue, the one we make in cinemas, to collect their ticket.
3. Cozy Setup
Most cinemas have seats with sticky fabric and sore bottoms that feel so irksome. However, when planning for a family movie night, you can set up a cozy seating/viewing area. Drape some fairy lights across the room and spread out some cushions on the floor, as a comfortable alternative to sitting on one sofa throughout the movie.
Make sure that there’s no distraction of any kind. Imagine your family sitting through a very emotional scene and a car honking on the road at the same time, it would be unpleasant and a mood buster!
4. Stage an Intermission
If your family gets bored easily or tends to take a lot of breaks in between the movie, staging an intermission would be a great way to let them freshen up. Choose a perfect moment that could serve as a cliffhanger, hit pause, raise the lights and then announce an intermission. This will also keep them hooked throughout the break.
During this break, you can fill out the popcorn boxes, and grab some more snacks or cola from the fridge. When everyone gets refreshed and done with their toilet breaks, you can dim the lights and let the show continue!
5. Make it Groovy
In case your kids are about the age of 10-15, choose a fun movie, that’ll leave them with no choice but to groove along. Most kids-friendly movies have sparkly visuals and fun upbeat songs that children love to dance to and sing to.
Encourage them to have fun, as it is the sole purpose of organizing the family movie night. This will not only light up the environment but will also make them curious for the next movie night, considering the amount of fun they had during the previous one!
6. Matching Pajamas
It’s not unusual for fans to wear the costumes of their favorite movie characters in the theatre. You can recreate that at home with a twist and instruct all the family members to wear matching pajamas. You can either buy some fun ones that kids will like. Kids love ONE thing and that’s matching their outfits, no matter the situation. This way, they’ll look forward to buying the pajamas, before every movie night.
7. Projector Experience
To successfully incorporate the vibe of a cinema in your home, and watch the movie on a big screen, switch from an LED to a projector. The great thing about a projector is that you can place it on any flat wall and it’ll turn into one giant screen. It saves your money and helps you enjoy the movie in 4K, in the comfort of your living room. Home projectors are also safe for your eyes, as the light emitting from them is much gentler on the eyes, compared to the ones coming out from TV screens.
8. Arrange Sound Bars
While TVs have evolved big time, their sound systems are still lacking, and often cause discomfort. One minute, you’d be struggling to hear a conversation, and the next second, a bombarding action sequence starts, which doesn’t sound so great to the ears.
Therefore, to make your family movie night a success, make use of sound bars. They consist of several speakers and can be used with any TV set or computer. As a great option for home theatres, home projectors don’t consume a lot of space, are easy to set up, and deliver a splendid and high-quality audio experience.
9. Picking a Movie
The most important and challenging part of having a family movie night is selecting the movie. What if dad’s into action, mom’s a diehard fan of romantic comedies, and kids want to watch superhero movies? There are several ways to solve this issue.
- An easy solution would be to have a lucky draw, and the winner’s choice must be played. You can also pick a movie by taking turns, and let each member select a movie every weekend.
- However, if these ideas also don’t work, check out Show box or IMDB, to know a little about the movies, their ratings, and reviews, and then decide.
- The most important thing is to pick a movie that everyone or, at least the majority will enjoy. Have a look at the options and make sure that there isn’t a film that’s not friendly for your kids.
In case you’re a mom whose husband is out of town for some work, and want to bond with your daughters over a movie, have a look at these 20 movie ideas for moms and daughters to watch together!
10. Discuss the Movie
Apart from popcorn, the best part about the movie night is the candid discussion after the movie. Make sure to start the movie early, so that everyone has time to sit after the show and discuss the plot, characters, and anything related to the film. While munching on the leftovers and snacks, you can talk about a particular scene, or a character that you didn’t like, and let everyone review the movie.
Family Movie Nights – Home Theatre
Going to the theatre is fun, but watching a movie at home with your family, on your favorite couch, is an unmatched experience. With these easy tips for having a great family movie night, you can create a nice home theatre, bring the feel of a cinema into your living room, and spend some quality time with your family. We hope that with these tips, you will create some unforgettable memories with your loved ones and bond over popcorn fights!