Curling up to watch a movie is one thing, but putting together the perfect movie night experience with your favourite snacks and refreshments is even better. Especially when it's chilly outside, movie nights are the best winter activity for having fun while staying toasty at the same time.
It’s a great way to spend time with your loved ones, and come together to enjoy your favourite dramas, rom-coms and action flicks. Check out the fun tips in this blog before you have your next movie night to find out how you can take things to the next level.
Match your night to the theme of the movie
This is a fun idea to really get involved in the film. If it’s a movie date night, you could match your dinner to the movie you’re watching. For example, if you’re watching Eat, Pray, Love, you could put together a delicious pizza and pasta meal!
You could also add décor to take it one step further - for instance, if you’re watching the movie Up, blowing up balloons and having them float around the lounge would add to your epic experience.
Dressing up in costumes is another fun option, especially if you have kids. They’ll love getting into character and matching with the ones they see on the big screen!
A tasty snack platter
Putting together a snack platter with a range of delicious treats is a great way to take your movie night up a notch.
Try creating a good mix of nutritional treats like fruit, carrot sticks, celery and hummus, with your more traditional movie snacks like lollies, chocolate and ice cream. If you prefer more savoury snacks, a selection of cheese and crackers with some delicious dips might be more your style.
And there's one snack that you can't have a movie night without... popcorn! There are so many ways to get the perfect pop – you can get affordable popcorn poppers that do all the hard work for you, or just stick to the classic microwave bags from your local supermarket.
You can also find a huge variety of flavours to add to your popcorn to take it that extra step further. Try sweet and salty kettle corn or even BBQ flavour, or put together your own custom popcorn with spices you have at home.
A drink to warm your hands
Nothing beats snuggling up with a hot chocolate on a winter night, while you sit in and watch the latest blockbuster. To make it extra special, try adding whipped cream and marshmallows, or even some sprinkles.
If the kids are in bed, or if this is more of a movie date night, spice things up a little by making your own mulled wine. The combination of spices and citrus with your favourite red wine will make your home smell delicious while you enjoy the film. Check out this simple recipe to prepare for your next date night.
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A wall projector
Projectors are becoming more and more affordable, and can make your movie night just like the real thing. If you’ve got enough clear wall space, or a white screen or sheet to use as a backdrop, a projector can be a real game changer. Some projectors can even be used outside and can hook up to your smartphone to make things even more simple.
Get comfy and cosy
Movie nights call for your comfiest pyjamas or loungewear. Whether you’re in a matching set, your favourite onesie, or your cosiest hoodie – the main thing is that you’re as relaxed as possible.
Now that you’re in your comfy attire, you need a space to match! After all, one of the best parts about having an at-home movie night is being able to get your space exactly how you’d like it. Gather up your fluffiest blankets and pillows to create your perfect cosy nest, or for the ultimate night in, build a giant movie viewing fort using sheets!
Movie nights are an easy way to make memories at home with your friends and family, especially if you make things really exciting using the top tips in this blog. From popcorn grease, to hot chocolate, to a dollop of salsa sliding off your corn chip... if you happen to drop any snacks on the couch, or spill something on the carpet, Rug Doctor's Spot Remover and Stain Remover can treat pesky marks before they set in.
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