Between work, school and extracurriculars, it can be hard to plan quality family time. However, a classic home movie night hits the sweet spot of group activities: It’s simple to plan, easy to reschedule and doesn’t involve learning any complicated board game rules! But to make watching films with the fam a truly memorable experience, you have to go beyond getting everyone in front of the TV and hitting play. Here are a few ways you can bring a little more movie magic to your next screening:
1. Agree on what you’re watching ahead of time
If you’ve ever scrolled endlessly through the libraries of online streaming services, you know that simply “picking a movie” can be a lot more difficult than it sounds. For this reason, agree on a film before movie night even begins — that way you don’t eat into your watch time just deciding which film to play, and you avoid kicking things off with an argument over the decision. It can be helpful to narrow things down by picking a genre everyone is interested in and offering two or three age-appropriate films to choose from. Your family can vote on their pick throughout the week, building anticipation for the night itself!
2. Incorporate food and ambiance
Another advantage to knowing what film you’re watching ahead of time is that you can create an immersive experience! For example, if your family picked out a baseball movie, hotdogs, peanuts and other classic stadium food can be the perfect meal — and Scentsy fragrances like Baked Apple Pie or Red, White & Berry Pie can add an air of patriotism to any film about America’s favorite pastime! No matter the genre, you can always dim the lights, make popcorn and serve soft drinks for that classic cinema feel!
3. Go beyond the TV
If you really want to make your home into a movie theater, consider using a digital projector! This way, you can turn any wall of your home into a film screen with ease — and make movie night feel more special than “another night in front of the television.” While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to limit cellphone use while the movie’s playing, so everyone can enjoy the experience together!
Do you have any movie night traditions or tips? Share them with us in the comments!