Family Movie Night Tips + Sam’s Club Blu-ray Giveaway (Closed)

My family loves watching movies.  I particularly love a good chick flick, the husband loves pretty much all movies, my two boys love anything with action heroes and my daughter loves anything with teen icons.  Finding something that we all like can be quite challenging at times — okay, all the time.  But we all have one thing in common — we love sitting down as a family with a big bowl (or two) of popcorn.

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Spending time together as a family is crucial, so I wanted to share some family movie night tips from Jenn Sbranti, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Hostess with the Mostess.

A Family Affair: Hosting a movie night at home is such a fun way to get creative and entertain the entire family! Take your viewing party to the next level with cool, affordable entertainment and electronics.

Setting the Mood: Get creative with a few fun (and EASY!) decorations inspired by your feature presentation. For a Star Wars viewing party, turn off all the lights, hang white string lights across the room and scatter some glow-in-the-dark stars around the coffee table to help bring the “galaxy” to life in your own living room. Use a little silver craft paint to transform a black paper lantern into the “Death Star”, and hang some movie posters and metallic paper stars for the finishing touch.

Who’s Thirsty?: Sip creative, themed drinks inspired by the movie of the night, such as “Yoda Soda” (lime sherbet + lemon-lime soda) or “Frozen Jedi Juice” for a screening of Star Wars. To make “Frozen Jedi Juice”, partially freeze your favorite flavor of juice or koolaid and serve it “slushy style” from cups embellished with the phrase “May the Freeze be with you.”

Turn it Up: Great sound is key when it comes to bringing movie magic home. For those times when the mood is more “dance party” than “movie night”, you can utilize a iPod/iPhone and crank up the music instead.

Themed Treats: Think outside the popcorn box and serve up clever treats named after elements of the movie, such as “Darth Cheddars” (grilled cheese sandwiches) or “Storm Trooper Sundaes”. Make edible “Light Sabers” by dipping pretzel rods in colored candy melts or tinted white chocolate. After the candy has dried, wrap one end of the “light saber” with tin foil to create the “handle”.

Keep it Simple: Don’t let confusing settings and “multiple remote syndrome” throw a frustrating glitch in your movie night…try a universal remote to streamline the process so that even the smallest family members can be in the driver’s seat sometimes!

Brand New Stars: Use a home video camera to make your own “movie magic” starring the best cast of all – your very own family members! Have little ones do re-enactments of their favorite scenes from the movie you just watched, or capture clips of the kids doing a craft activity or a recipe inspired by the movie. These are the “films” that you’ll love to watch over & over again – long after the movie-of-the-night credits roll!

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One (1) winner will receive their very own copy of X-Men Blu-ray!

How to Enter:

Simply leave me a comment below letting me know one of your family movie night tips!

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This giveaway will end on October 7th at 10:00 PM Central time. Winner will be chosen via a random number generator. Giveaway is open to US entries. The winner must contact me in 48 hours to claim their prize. Good luck to everyone!
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About Crystal

Crystal is Owner & Editor of Simply Being Mommy. She is a work-at-home mom and enjoys being wife and mommy. She loves family, travel, chocolate and Diet Coke.


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    Um… Napkins are my best tip! When you cuddle in bed with the kids and give them popcorn, they always want to wipe their hands on the sheets! Oh and a little mini vac for crumbs :)

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    Bonnigene says:

    When we have family movie night all my kids participate and work together with us to create a fun environment with snacks, pillows, blankets and anything else we can think of….sometimes we even decorate.

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    i like to get the kids together and we prepare the nights snacks as a family

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    Ed Nemmers says:

    We make homemade pizza together before the movie!

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    family movie night tip–order pizza so you don’t get stuck doing the dishes while everyone else watches the movie

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    One family movie tip is to make enough popcorn for everyone! I can eat a whole bag by myself!

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    One tip is to let friends know not to phone you at family night (which can interrupt attention to the movie and the mood of the family)–unless, of course, there is an emergency or a very good reason for the interruption.

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    movie night tips turn the phone off

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    Turn the lights down, turn off the phone and get out the snuggie blanket!

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    Brittney House says:

    Pop lots of popcorn and pick a comfy spot to sit in

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    kathy pease says:

    each person in our house gets to pick a movie we love redbox

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    Kerrie Mayans says:

    We always get pizza for dinner and rotate taking turns on who picks the movie.

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    Susan Smith says:

    Our kids take turns picking out what movies we will watch

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    Desiree Dunbar says:

    Homemade Popcorn with real butter…YUMMMM

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    My tip is to rotate who gets to pick the movie.

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    Sometimes we have a theme night, like “The Word POP”. We’d eat popcorn and drink pop and watch Mary Poppins! It gets the creative juices going :)

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    susan smoaks says:

    my family movie night tip is to get everything done before you sit down to enjoy the movie, turn off the phone and the lights and enjoy the movie!

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    Go to the bathroom before the movie starts!

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    Best movie night tip, popcorn and lots of pillows.

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    Veronica Garrett says:

    I let everyone participate in what movies to rent and let everyone fix their own tacos or order their own pizza.

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    For family movie night we like to have a picnic in the living room

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