Fun Movie Night Ideas At Home

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Whether you’re planning a get-together with friends, a cozy date night, or a fun activity for the whole family, hosting a movie night is a great way to make the most of an evening at home. While catching the latest blockbuster in theaters is always fun, it’s never been easier to enjoy a movie in the comfort of your home, and pressing play in your own living room offers plenty of advantages. Try out any of these fun ideas to plan the perfect movie night under your own roof (or out under the stars)!

Plan Ahead

It all starts with picking the night’s entertainment. Keep your audience’s tastes and interests in mind, and consider asking the attendees what they’re in the mood for ahead of the movie night. Classics are crowd pleasers, but this might also be a convenient occasion to get everybody together to watch the newest arrival on a streaming service. If the movie you pick already has a sequel, see if everybody might be up for a double feature! Just make sure you have enough snacks for the added runtime.

Pick a Theme

Once you know what movie you’re going to show, you can set the scene with themed décor and dinner. Draw inspiration from the movie’s setting and characters. If you’re already familiar with the film, consider if there’s a notable dinner scene, a character’s favorite snack, or even if there’s a recognizable cuisine from the story’s location. If you want to go a step further, set out some props and décor to evoke the movie’s scenery, or play the soundtrack in the background before the movie begins.

Go Outside

If the weather’s right, you could move the entire production outdoors for a backyard viewing under the open sky. Set out some lawn chairs or arrange your patio furniture to create your own outdoor theater, and consider angling a fan to keep the air flowing if you anticipate a warm summer night. It’s also a good idea to bring out some bug spray to avoid uninvited guests. If you have a projector, you can cast the movie against the side of your home, or hang up a sheet for an improvised big screen. Just keep the wind in mind, and consider anchoring all sides of the sheet so that it doesn’t blow in the breeze and interrupt the picture.

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