Being a Work at Home Parent, it’s hard to find enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished. Between clients, kids, and other family needs, the to-do list is never empty. With all this going on simultaneously, don’t you wish you could just have a night to yourself to put business aside, relax, and cherish the things that are truly important to you?
Movie night is a classic date night. It’s easy to snuggle, share snacks and enjoy a good flick. It’s also cheap and super easy to do with your kids. But, if your date night or family nights have all been the same lately, you may need to spice things up. Whether you are using the sofa to avoid the sky-high theater prices or simply there to enjoy an old favorite, here are a few ways you can make movie night at home more fun:
Make it feel like a night out
Heading out to the theater can be pricey, especially if you have a lot of kids. A family of four can easily spend over $30 on movie tickets alone, and that’s not even 3D or IMAX. Factor in concession items and now we’re looking at $60 or more – ouch! If you can’t or don’t want to splurge on ticket prices, but want the experience, simply create a movie theater at home.
[A lesson from college days: If you stack a loveseat on top of a coffee table (preferably a sturdy one!) behind your couch, you have theater seating! Grab snacks from the dollar store, or your own personalized family popcorn buckets like the ones found here and complete your home theater experience.]
If you want the big screen feel, consider investing in or renting a projector. Projectors can hook up to your DVD or Blu-Ray player and project the film onto a wall, screen or white sheet and presto – big screen movie action right in your living room!
Movie grab bag
Here’s a great idea for date night or family night when you get stuck watching the same movies over and over again: list genres or movie titles on slips of paper and toss them in a jar, hat or baggie. Choose your movie by picking a slip from the container. No do-overs! Keep the movie jar on hand for the next time you do movie night and keep the surprise going.
You may want to create more than one jar; one including kid-friendly flicks and another for just mom and dad.
Pick a theme
If you’re watching Casablanca or another older flick, you could dress up in clothing styles from the time period, or perhaps decorate your living room to represent the setting of the movie (New York City, Hollywood, or the Beach). Don’t forget the food either! Watching Jaws? Consider noshing on seafood (or some of our Contributor’s favorite recipes) Creating a theme adds an extra element to the movie night date and is also a great idea for family night.
Watching an adventure about a treasure hunter? Let your kids go on a treasure hunt to find their snacks for the movie.
Bring the rom-com to life
Movie night doesn’t have to be all action movies and comedies. Pick a rom-com and set the tone with candles, a picnic blanket and basket, chocolate covered strawberries and a glass of wine. Even when you can’t go out, you can bring the romance back by creating a romantic setting in which to enjoy your favorite romantic comedy.
Next time you and your spouse opt to have movie night at home, skip the jammies and dress up. Pretend you are going out on the town and dress your best; dressing up can add a little glamour to an otherwise traditional Netflix binge.
Flashback date night:
A fun way to add a twist to movie night is to have you and your spouse both pick a movie that is important to you, or made an impact on you during childhood. This is a fun way to re-watch old classics, catch up on an older film you haven’t seen yet, and learn a little more about your spouse. You can make it a double feature or stretch it into more than one date night. If you are feeling a little brave, you may even don an old sweatshirt, dress, or pair of shorts from days gone by for fun.
Date nights can be special, even if you only have time for a movie at home. Take a few minutes to find ways to spice it up and recharge an old favorite into something new.