We recently went on a day trip and by the time we came home, we were exhausted. It wasn’t actually that late, but sometimes day trips just make you feel a little drained. It might be all the time spent stuck in the car. Or maybe all the fun activity wears you out. But either way, when we came home I was ready to relax. Which of course made it the perfect time for one of our family movie nights.
Do you feel like that sometimes? On a Friday or Saturday evening, you might just want to make a yummy snack, turn on a movie and curl up to watch the show. Especially after a busy day, this cozy family time just feels perfect – a fun way to relax while still spending time together.
To help make family movie nights more amazing, I have rounded up some incredible ideas from creative bloggers. There are ideas from delicious snacks, fun seating, games to play, and even ideas to bring movie night outside. Some of these things you would want to prepare in advance, and some you could throw together before the movie begins. Get ready for movie night fun!
How to Make Family Movie Nights More Amazing
1. Make a Popcorn Bar
How fun would it be to add all sorts of toppings to make your own personalized bag of popcorn? No need to keep popcorn and candy separate at movie time. I love the idea of adding candy, nuts, pretzels, and seasonings… each person can add their favorite toppings to create their very own popcorn mix.
Popcorn bar from Happily Hughes
2. Bake Popcorn Cupcakes
If you’re not a fan of traditional popcorn, or if you’re just looking for an extra treat, try these popcorn cupcakes! The toasted marshmallows on top look amazing. And each cupcake really looks like a tiny container of popcorn – so cute!
Popcorn Cupcakes from Tikkido
3. Enjoy a Themed Snack
You can match your movie treat to the theme of your movie! If you’re watching the Secret Life of Pets, try this Puppy Chow snack recipe, which includes Chex, white chocolate, and M&Ms. Or if you’re watching Star Wars you could try these Chewbacca Bites made with caramel coated marshmallows.
4. Create Cardboard Cars for a Drive-In Movie
These cardboard cars are super cute and would be so fun for the kids to climb in to watch the show! It would give your living room or yard a drive-in movie feel. You could even add baskets on the side to hold popcorn and other movie snacks.
Cardboard Cars from Come On, Ilene!
5. Set Out Comfy Seating with Floor Pillows
If you like to sew, you could make a few of these pom pom oversized floor pillows. You could all curl up on the floor on big comfy floor pillows and blankets to watch the movie together. And the pom poms add an extra touch of cuteness to the pillows, too!
Pom Pom Oversized Floor Pillows from a Beautiful Mess
6. Have a Blanket Fort Movie Night
I loved building blanket forts as a kid! Wouldn’t it be amazing to build a fort together in your living room, decked out with pillows and extra cozy blankets? I love how this one even has a string of lights. It would be the perfect spot to snuggle up and watch a movie.
Blanket Fort Movie Night from Buzzfeed
7. Watch a Movie Outdoors
If you want to bring movie night outdoors, you can set up some comfortable seating like this DIY set of outdoor movie theater seats. Get a screen and projector, or just set up your TV outside. Watching a movie under the stars in your own backyard would be such a fun experience!
Outdoor Movie Theater Seats from Not Just a Housewife
8. Use a Movie Selector to Choose the Flick
It’s hard to choose a movie sometimes! I love how this free printable movie selector has space for everyone to write their favorite movie picks. It’s made like one of those cootie catchers we all used to make in school. After writing in your favorite movies, it’s up to the movie selector to choose!
Printable Movie Selector from Bren Did
9. Play a Movie Game
If you have extra time after the movie, you could play a movie-themed game together. This Disney Movie Quotes game is super cute, and perfect for families that love Disney! You probably already recognize at least some of the quotes.
Disney Movie Quotes Game from a Girl and a Glue Gun
I love family movie nights, don’t you? These fun ideas can really help make movie nights even more exciting and memorable! Fun ideas for snacks, seating, games, and taking movie night outdoors can help add a little extra excitement to your family time.
Which of these ideas for family movie nights is your favorite?