Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Host a Family Movie Night



Autumn is upon us and the nights are getting colder. No more nights out on the patio drinking ice cold drinks and eating buckets full of salad while the kids splash in the paddling pool. Instead its woolly jumpers, fluffy socks and cosy nights in. The transition from long hot summer nights to chilly autumn evenings is quite often a shock to the system as we get used to staying in more as the nights draw in. One thing you can do to make the most of it is to arrange a family movie night and here are five ideas of things you can do to make it something the whole family will enjoy.

1. Plan it in Advance - Tell the family well in advance the night you want your family night in, but make it sound exciting especially if you have teenagers who would probably prefer to be out with their mates. I remember when I was a teenager back in the 80's and my parents bought a Panasonic VCR, we were the first on our street to have a remote control video player which was connected to a long lead. Mum loved it so much that she made a new house rule of once a week we would all go to the local video rental store, take it in turns to pick a movie and have a family night in. We did that for years and funnily enough, as much as I moaned about it at first, I never missed one.

2. Pick Your Movie - The important thing is to all agree on a movie, or if you think your lot will argue too much over what film they want, then you choose while they are at school or if you are planning on watching a movie on a TV channel then have the film already set up and ready to play before they all sit down, but make sure it is a movie that they are pretty much guaranteed to all enjoy. A Warner Brothers or Disney film is usually always a hit with any age. 

3. Movie Munch - Always have some movie food or nibbles ready before you sit down to enjoy your movie. You could have a tray full of your favorite snacks or you could cook something like Burritos or a Bolognese Pizza in advance. Whatever it is your family like to eat, have it ready to eat during the movie.

4. Give it a theme - You could give your movie night a theme by doing something really simple like eating pre-made meatballs while watching the movie  'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs', or you could get the kids to turn cardboard boxes into cars by drawing on them and gluing paper plates to the sides as wheels and make it a 'Drive In' movie night as they all sit in their car boxes to watch the film in your lounge. You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you like.

5. Make It Comfy - Close the curtains to the outside, have throws and cushions on the sofa (or even duvets and pillows). Make it warm and cosy to curl up and enjoy the movie.




Do you host family movie nights?



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