There is nothing more fun than getting together your closest friends for a movie night. There is not much involved in the planning process, and it can be a great way to spend an evening at home. Here is a planning guide to everything you will need to put together the ultimate movie party, as well as some tips to keep in mind as you prepare for your party.
Pick a theme.
The first step in planning your movie night is to choose a theme. Do you want the night to be all about the funniest comedies, the most romantic love stories, or the scariest horror films? Choosing the theme will help you narrow down the movies you will be screening.
Choose the movie.
Choose a movie or series of movies that goes along with the theme. You can have a movie marathon by choosing a movie trilogy or franchise. Start the party early enough so that you can watch either all or the best of the movie franchise. Here are some suggestions for movies in different genres:
- Comedy- Rush Hour 1, Rush Hour 2, Rush Hour 3
- Horror- Final Destination series
- Action- Fast and Furious series, Pirates of the Caribbean series
- Fantasy- Harry Potter series
You can also choose a television series and watch the entire season in back to back episodes. Some great television series that will make a great marathon include Entourage, Gilmore Girls, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and Glee.
Have plenty of snacks.
You want your guests to feel as if they are really at the movies, so make sure that you have all of the essential snacks. Here is a list of snacks and beverages you should have at your party:
- Chips and dip
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
Make the seating area comfortable.
Since you and your guests will be sitting (or lying down) for a long period of time, make sure that you have enough room for your guests to be comfortable. Place plenty of blankets, sheets, and pillows around the area where your guests will be watching the movie. If you have ample floor space (that is carpeted), move any unused furniture to the side and lay soft blankets and pillows on the floor for your guests who want to lie down while watching the movie.
Tip #1: Clean up the house the night before or the morning of the party. Make sure that the party area is neat and tidy and the area where the food will be placed is clean.
Tip #2: Have the DVDs ready to go ahead of time so that you won’t be searching for them during the party. If the movies or television show you are watching will be on TV that night, be sure to check the time they are playing.
Tip #3: Set the atmosphere by dimming the lights or turning them off completely. If you choose to turn the lights off, keep at least one light on in the distance so that your guests can still find their way to the bathroom.
Tip #4: Keep the food and snacks nearby. It will become an annoyance if your guests have to travel all the way to the kitchen each time they need a refill of their snacks or drinks.
Tip #5: Choose movies that all of your guests are comfortable with. You might like horror films, but it might make some of your guests uncomfortable.