movie night

Lights, camera, action! Get the whole family together for a fun night filled with snacks, laughs and a feature film! What better way to unwind with the kids than by throwing on a flick and putting on pajamas. Here's some fun ways to plan a movie night.

Set up the Room
Don't just resort to sitting on the couch! You can make it a lot more fun by setting up the room like a movie theater, positioning chairs in rows in front of the television. Or, make it ultra cozy by bringing in blankets, pillows and bean bags so kids can cozy up on the floor.

Decide on the Film
Different personalities may mean a lot of conflicting opinions on what to watch-make the choice argument-free by having everyone write down their picks, then put them in a bowl and pick one at random. Problem, solved!

Build on Your Theme
If you choose a film ahead of time, you can make make things even more fun by matching the snacks and decorations to the movie. Or, keep it general by doing a Hollywood theme! You can make it official by rolling out a mini red carpet and decorating with old movie posters. If you're having other guests over, have kids create makeshift ticket stubs that they can rip when friends arrive.

Don't Forget the Snacks!
It's not movie night without spectacular snacks! Create a make-your-own popcorn bar by setting out various toppings for everyone to top their popcorn with (salts, spices, cheese, caramel) or, do a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar complete with a few ice cream flavors to choose from and tons of toppings. Another idea: buy movie-size candy boxes from Target and let kids choose their favorite.

Clean up the Kitchen Beforehand
Nothing will make you less likely to relax than the thought of having to clean up all those dirty dishes later. Solve this problem by doing a speed cleaning session before the movie begins. After everyone helps themselves to snacks, have them pitch in to tidy up so most of the dishes are already done. If everyone helps, it'll only take a few minutes!

Set the Mood
Dim the lights, unplug your phones, and remove any other distractions from the room so everyone can focus on the film (no laptops allowed!).

Schedule an Intermission
With children involved, it's a rare occasion that everyone will make it through the entire movie without a bathroom break or snack refill, so schedule an intermission half-way through the film for everyone to take a 10-minute breather and refresh. That way, no one misses any important scenes and you don't keep having to press the "pause" button.