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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!

Extra Entries Available:

After you have completed the first entry, you are eligible for additional entries. Make sure you leave a separate comment for EACH entry. Each counts as one extra entry unless noted otherwise.

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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 Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


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    One of our tips is that we rotate with who picks the movie each family movie night. Tonight we are watching The Flintstones via my oldest son!

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    Take the time to schedule a night, take turns with a theme, do we want a cartoon, comedy, or a family movie.. we put a time for intermission for the quick potty breaks.

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    Follow Simply Being Mommy on Google Friend Connect.

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    Subscribe to Simply Being Mommy either by email

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    Mary Beth Elderton says:

    We like to arrange a platter of veggies and a bowl of chips and set out hummus and guacamole.
    We are huge movie buffs.

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    Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I’m a gfc friend (Beth Elderton)

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    Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I’m an email subscriber

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    Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I follow you on twitter as mbm218 and tweeted:

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    Geri Sandoval says:

    My favorite tip is to let the kids help make the snacks. The kids favorite is adding nuts and M&M’s to the popcorn.

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    Geri Sandoval says:

    Follow via GFC (Geraldine Sandoval)

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    Debbie jackson says:

    my tip is lots of popcorn debbie jackson
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    Pamela Hansen says:

    My tip is get a movie for the whole family and then one for mom and dad for their special alone time

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    We do documentary themes. The last one was Bowling for Columbine and we had “Left Wings.” lol

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    We order pizza on movie night and have it between movies.

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    I am an email subscriber

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    Mary Beth Elderton says:
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    My family of four enjoys snuggling on the sofa under blankets while eating popcorn and watching a movie that we can all agree on. We have movie night once a week. It usually falls on a night that the kids don’t have much homework.


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    WE love to do movie night!

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    Have great snacks!

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    Debbee Reed says:

    Two boys, 3 & 8. As my lilltle one gets older it is easier to do movie night. I have them get their jammies on, bring their pillow and blanket and I let them sit in the reclining couches with their OWN bowl of popcorn

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    Vicki Wurgler says:

    we pick a movie we all would enjoy, wear our PJs and make alot of popcorn

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    Mary Beth Elderton says:
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    Marilyn Wons says:

    Our family night movie night tips is that we take turns in our family picking movies to watch!

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    Adrienne Gordon says:

    Make sure you have popcorn!

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    Shannon Baas says:

    We order pizza so we arent having to spend time cleaning up.

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    My tip is to take turns picking the movie and eat lots of buttered popcorn!

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    I follow your blog publicly with google friend connect

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    I subscribe to your RSS Feed with google reader

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    I like Smiply Being Mommy on Facebook – my FB name is Amanda Moore

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    I follow you on Twitter, I’m @AmberGoo, and tweeted:

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    We vote on which movie to watch together. Pixar is always a favorite.

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    renee walters says:

    I follow your blog on GFC, subscribe to your email and like you on Facebook! I would love to win this for my family! My tip is to make sure everyone has their snacks and drinks before the movie starts or else you will miss most of the flick getting them stuff. Thanks so much for the great giveaway!
    Renee Walters

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    Mary Beth Elderton says:
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    Valerie Mabrey says:

    give people plenty of time to get pj on and order pizza

    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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    We learned how to make our own pizza and on movie night first we all gather in the kitchen and make a home-made pizza! It really makes it a lot of fun!

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    I follow you on Google Friend Connect under the name jmcharries

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    I am an e-mail subscriber

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    I like Simply Being Mommy on Facebook (Jacob Matthew)

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    I follow Simply Being Mommy on Twitter @JCHARRIES and tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/JCHARRIES/status/120178585964261376

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    Amy Green says:

    Everybody picks out a movie, something that everone likes, a big meal, and phones off!

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    Pick a movie that appeals to everyone!

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    healthy snacks and drinks!

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    paul haddock says:

    Graet popcorn will get all the family members in the mood

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    Stephen N. says:

    Always turn the lights off. It creates a better movie watching vibe.

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    Stephen N. says:

    I follow GFC

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    Stephen N. says:

    I like on Facebook

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    Mary Beth Elderton says:
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    Kyl Neusch says:

    eat butter popcorn

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    “Like” Simply Being Mommy on Facebook.

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    Hot popcorn makes the night special

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    Turn off the lights and silence the gadgets, just like in a real theater

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    Helen Keeler says:

    My movie night tip is to have lots to snack, buttered popcorn, and soda on hand.

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    Helen Keeler says:

    I follow Simply Being Mommy on Google Friend Connect as Helen Keeler.

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    One of my tips is to get out your comfy pj’s and a bunch of blankets. We curl up on the couches while the kids make forts with the blankets and watch movies.

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    Mary Beth Elderton says:
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    Monique Rizzo says:

    Get out your sleeping bags and have fun!
    Thanks for the chance.

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    I have no specific tip but I’m going to use the blankets and forts tip for our next movie night. Too Cool.

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    email subscriber

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    Popcorn is a must, no phone, NO VIDEO games just us as a family snuggled on the couch with popcorn

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    I subscribe to you’re email

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    make sure eveyrone potties before beginning the movie 🙂

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    Andrew Dankleff says:

    the best tip is to start early, that way the kiddos are tired earlier! haha

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    Lots of popcorn, unplug the phones and silence the cells. 🙂


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    I follow on gfc.


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    sweeter the berry says:

    Get everything prepared early.

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    sweeter the berry says:

    I’m a gfc follower

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    sweeter the berry says:

    I am email subscriber.

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    sweeter the berry says:

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    twitter follower/dahliamomma

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    sweeter the berry says:
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    have a schedule of who picks the movie which week. saves on the arguing. whoever doesnt get to pick the movie gets to pick the food and snacks.

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    fb fan xferriza2 danielle b

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    email subscriber ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    jeremy crane says:

    Get comforable, pop lots of popcorn and have some chilled cherry coke ready!

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    Kim Kelly says:

    Doing movie themed snacks or activities can be fun 🙂

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    Kim Kelly says:
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    Kim Kelly says:

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    Kim Kelly says:

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    We love making our own ice cream sundaes before the show starts, thanks

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    Following via GFC (hotsnotty2), thanks!

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    Email Subscriber, thanks!

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    Liked you on FB (AngelaWinesburg)

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    Mary Beth Elderton says:
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    we always order in and everyone picks (and shares) a snack

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    Everyone gets to choose one thing. One chooses the movie, one the snacks, and one gets to get first dibs on which place to sit/sleep.

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    Deborah Wellenstein says:

    My tip? Keep it simple! We take turns picking out the movie, we pop up a bunch of popcorn, and enjoy!

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    Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I follow you via GFC as dwellenstein.

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    Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I am an email subscriber.

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    Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I like you on facebook as Debbi Otto Wellenstein.

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    Lucy Schwartz says:

    Having a family fav night. It is amazing how everyone remembers their favorite lines.

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    We like watching our movies late night! 🙂

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    GFC Follower -Gladys Macias

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    Liked Simply Being Mommy on Fb -Gladys Macias

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    Ross Hassel says:

    Making the home like a theatre experience. Big screen, sound, food.

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    ♡♥♬ Louis ♡♥♬ says:

    turn computer and phone off, prepare some snacks and drinks and enjoy the movie night

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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    ♡♥♬ Louis ♡♥♬ says:

    Google Friends Connect – following you publicly as (Louis)

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    ♡♥♬ Louis ♡♥♬ says:

    I am an email subscriber

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    ♡♥♬ Louis ♡♥♬ says:

    I like your blog on facebook (Louis Here)

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    ♡♥♬ Louis ♡♥♬ says:

    following you on twitter @left_the_stars
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    We bought popcorn bags just like at the movie theater so everyone gets their own personal popcorn, its so much fun!

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    you are added to my google feed

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    Actually, my family movie night tip is to start early. All too often I fall asleep during the movie!

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    We let everyone pick out their own snack on family movie nights.

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    My best movie night tip is NO PHONES ALLOWED! If its too hard to block off 2 hours to watch a movie with your family without chatting or calling or using your darn cell phone, then I feel bad for you…

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    We let the kids pick the movie for family night.

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    Have family night as often as possible and we always have to have popcorn and snacks.

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    Diane Baum says:

    We cook a pizza dinner before we watch the movie

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    tracey johnson says:

    we eat nachos and popcorn. we also turn off all the lights and put on the surround sound

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    tracey johnson says:

    GFC follower-traceyj40

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    tracey johnson says:

    facebook fan-rochelle johnson

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    Christina says:

    We like to order takeout and curl up on the couch to enjoy food and movie.

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    Christina says:
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    Christina says:

    gfc follower Christina Brundick

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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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    I “Liked” Simply Being Mommy on Facebook- Debbie Ritenour

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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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    Mary Beth Elderton says:
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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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    I like your page on FB. Samantha M.

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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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    Christina says:
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    kathy pease says:

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

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    kathy pease says:

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    like you on facebook kathy l pease

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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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    Kerrie Mayans says:

    I follow you on gfc as degood.


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    Kerrie Mayans says:

    I subscribe to your rss feed in google reader.


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    Susan Smith says:

    Our kids take turns picking out what movies we will watch

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    Susan Smith says:

    follow via GFC

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    Susan Smith says:

    Like you on FB Susan Smith

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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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    Like you on FB (Annette E)

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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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    I like SBM on FB (Brian S)

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    Following on twitter as happeegirl and tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/happeegirl/status/122342391201013761

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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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    GFC follower.

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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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