The Thrifty Mom’s Guide to Planning the Perfect Family Movie Night

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Family Movie Night

Posted: 12 November 2018

Did you know that the average cost of a movie ticket in the U.S. is now over $9?

Singles might not give it a second thought. But if you’re a thrifty mom with a large family, a night out at the cinema might come with a high price tag.

Luckily, you can create a fun-filled family movie night in the comfort of home. Here’s how to do it (and win a Mom of the Year Award):

1. Pick the Right Movie

Every family has its favorites, but it’s hard to beat the best family movies of all time.

How long has it been since you’ve watched classics like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, or Aladdin? If your kids are a bit older, they might also love feel-good favorites like Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, or The Wizard of Oz.

The best part is you don’t have to run out to the video store anymore (remember those days?). Live streaming services like IPTV links bring all your favorite movies into your home at the touch of a button.

2. Choose Everyone’s Favorite Snacks

Popcorn is a given for family movie night, but it doesn’t have to end there.

You could whip up some pretzels, brownies, or roasted nuts. If you don’t want to clean the kitchen afterward, there’s nothing wrong with ordering pizzas.

Another fun idea? Serve snacks that fit the theme of the movie you’re watching. What could be more fun than eating popsicles while watching Frozen?

3. Convert Your Living Room into a Cinema

Comfy chairs and cozy blankets? Check.

It’s not enough to make everyone comfortable, though – you’ve got to make it feel like a movie theater too.

How can you do that? Start by printing out some free home movie tickets to distribute to your family. You can also add some fun lanterns or battery-operated candles for a relaxing ambiance.

4. Move the Party Outdoors

If the weather outside is great, why sit indoors? All it takes to create your own outdoor theater is a white bedsheet and a small projector.

Hang the sheet against the fence or a wall of your house and grab some lawn chairs or blankets. To add to the fun, you could set up a prize station and greet everyone with a fun freebie as they enter the “theater.”

All you need now are a few cups of hot chocolate to enjoy your family movie night under the stars.

5. Set a Date and Ban Multitasking

Our final tip for making movie night a success is to set a date – and stick to it. Pencil it in on your calendar and send out reminder texts to everyone in the family.

Remember how there’s always a reminder during movie previews to silence your cell phones? Why not invoke the same rule during a family movie night in your home?

Multitasking is a necessary evil sometimes – but not during family time. Have everyone leave their phones in another room so you can enjoy some uninterrupted time together.

Plan the Best Family Movie Night Ever

You don’t have to go see the latest blockbuster (and spend a fortune) to have a fun family movie night.

With a little creativity and planning, you and your family can have a fabulous time without leaving home.

Wondering how to keep the kids happy while ensuring your marriage stays strong and intact? Check out our recent post on the topic.

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