Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Weekend Movie Night Essentials

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.


Popcorn is mandatory in any type of movie night


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.


Movie selection - Ready three movies - it’s a safe number; anything more might tire your guests. Optionally, have one of the movies be decided or voted on by your guests. Choose a decent range of movies within the theme you picked, if any. Movie nights are supposed to be fun; counter a serious movie with more lighthearted fare in your repertoire.

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