Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Movies are a social gathering. See: going to the theater. Waiting in line. Duking out cash for the tickets. Sharing the darkness of the theater with dozens of others that provide a chorus of laughter, tears, or terrified screaming, as in the case of hair-raising horror flicks.
Nowadays, we replicate the tradition with our own rules: guests are either friends or family, not strangers. The cinema becomes the living room, replete with kitchen-made snacks, cozy cushions, and a laid-back atmosphere. And it’s not just a movie that’s on the screen, but a selection of movies that was hand-picked and curated.
Enter: the “movie night” - today’s trendy alternative to throwing a party or a fancy elaborate dinner. There’s much less preparation involved in these get-togethers, for starters.
See to these simple must-haves in your movie night weekend with friends or family:
A decent TV and sound system - Your home entertainment system doesn’t have to be state-of-the-art. Nonetheless, it adds to the experience to have a decent-sized TV with good picture and sound.
A good setup
Clear up and clean the space where you’re holding your movie party. Make use of rugs, large throw pillows, and bean bags as additional chairs if you’re expecting a large audience. “Comfy” should be the ideal. Make sure that everyone can see the screen in this setup.
Theme - Optional, but it could make your get-together all the more fun, memorable, and unique. Choose a theme that suits your guests. Slasher flicks won’t be all that well-received if you’re watching with kids among your family.
Food and drinks - Ready a few bags of popcorn and easy-to-make snacks that your guests can customize to their liking: combinations of chips ‘n dip, tacos, trail mix, burritos, and other finger food paired with soda, iced tea, or fresh, cold juice. Place them in a convenient spot in your living room or home entertainment area. Set out additional bowls, plates, and napkins so everyone can have an individual dish to eat from during the films.