26 Sep

Entertaining at Home: Family Movie Night {+ DVD/Blu-ray Movie Giveaway}

Family Movie Night Ideas

Hosting a MOVIE NIGHT at home is such a fun way to get creative and entertain the entire family! Here are a few ideas to help kick things up a notch and create a movie night experience that garners rave reviews from your favorite people in the world…{P.S. See the bottom of this post for details on how to WIN a free DVD/Blu-ray for your next movie night!}

1. SETTING THE MOOD
Get creative with a few fun (and EASY!) decorations inspired by your feature presentation. Example: 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.

Family Movie Night Ideas
{Images above from a fabulous Star Wars party by Sweet Craft Cakes. Check out the entire album here.}

2. GO HIGH TECH
Take your viewing party to the next level with cool, affordable entertainment & electronics like the brand new Star Wars Blu-ray trilogy sets ($39.98/set in-store at Sam’s Club) or a giant 55″ Philips LCD TV with MediaConnect for “big screen” viewing at only $998. Want to REALLY kick it up a notch? Check out this amazing 70” Sharp Aquos Quattron LED TV for a movie experience that truly feels larger than life! Click here to check out more great electronics deals from Sam’s Club good through the end of September.

3. 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.

Family Movie Night Ideas

4. TURN IT UP
Great sound is KEY when it comes to bringing movie magic home. Sony’s 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Home Theater System with surround sound (currently on sale for $379) will make it feel like the “Clone Wars” are taking place right next to your couch! And for those times when the mood is more “dance party” than “movie night”, you can utilize the system’s iPod/iPhone dock to crank up the music instead.

5. 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”.

6. KEEP IT SIMPLE
Don’t let confusing settings and “multiple remote syndrome” throw a frustrating glitch in your movie night…try a universal remote like Logitech’s Harmony 600 Remote ($44.88) to streamline the process so that even the smallest family members can be in the driver’s seat sometimes!

7. RISING STARS
Use a home video camera like Canon’s HF R20 HD Camcorder (only $369) 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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DVD/Blu-Ray Movie GIVEAWAY:

Want some free entertainment for your next family movie night? Post a comment below to enter to win your choice of the following movies:

On Blu-ray: Star Wars Episodes 1-3 and 4-6
Combo pack (Blu-ray + DVD): Tron, X-Men, Secretariat, or Tangled

Just mention which movie you’d like to get if you win… OR share a favorite family movie night ritual of your own! Giveaway ends Friday, September 30th at midnight PST. Good luck!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

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1
Jessica SAYS:

Star Wars on Blu-Ray is a must have in the movie collection!

September 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm

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Monika SAYS:

Although I am a big fan of Star Wars, I would love to win and see Tron!

September 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

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Stacie SAYS:

I would love to win Star Wars on Blu-ray!!

September 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

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Tiffany SAYS:

The original Star Wars was the best! Episodes 4-6

September 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm

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Hui SAYS:

Tangled is really kid friendly and fun for adults.

September 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm

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lorena SAYS:

I would love the Tangled movie.

September 26, 2011 at 4:49 pm

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Mami2jcn SAYS:

My son would absolutely love Star Wars Episodes 1-3.

For family movie night, we like to share a sweet dessert.

September 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm

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Cecily SAYS:

Star Wars Episodes 4-6. Oldies but goodies. My mom took my sisters and I out of school to see them when they rereleased them about 12 years ago. So much fun.

September 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm

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Chantelle SAYS:

Tangled would be a perfect movie night for girls….even us Moms! A great idea for a party instead of just a movie1

September 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm

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Sara S SAYS:

Old school is the best! Star Wars is the best, especially hunky Han Solo! We have themed movie nights at our house but the kids have to guess the movie based on the dinner and snacks.

September 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm

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Lacey Horst-Thomas SAYS:

i would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win the blu-ray of star wars. i’m a HUGE star wars fan and yet, for some reason, i don’t own any of them! c:

September 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm

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Amanda SAYS:

Gotta go with the original Star Wars!

September 26, 2011 at 6:20 pm

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Kristin SAYS:

I may be 24 and without children, but I would still love to win Tangled.

September 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm

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fawnteresi SAYS:

Our house would love Star Wars on Blu Ray!!!!!! Our family has hosted a few star wars movie nights outdoors on the projector tv… We would love to have this collection on blu ray!!!! My son and my husband would be so excited!!!!! :)

September 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm

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Candi SAYS:

Tangled would be a big hit at our house with a certain princess of mine. ;)

September 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm

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Suzie12 SAYS:

We are die-hard Star Wars fan, so I have to choose that movie.

For our family movie night, we love to make fresh Kettle corn on the stove top!

September 26, 2011 at 6:42 pm

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Courtney F. SAYS:

Tangled! I can’t wait to watch it with my little girl!

September 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm

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Amanda F SAYS:

I would love to get the Star Wars episodes 4-6 and watch them with my men. :) maybe then i can understand what its all about…lol

September 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm

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Cami R. SAYS:

Once in a while when I want to surprise my husband with a movie night, I take our red kitchen rug and red bath mats and make them into a red carpet that leads him from the front door towards our living room. Once there, he finds his favorite candy waiting (the boxed kind you usually find at the theater) and popcorn in the cute red-and-white striped boxes (I found plastic ones in the dollar aisle at Target that we wash and reuse). I always have 2 or 3 movies I’m in the mood for that he gets to pick from, and that way we know we’re both getting what we want!

Brian and I would both love to win Tangled. We already love it, and our little girl is growing up (with siblings on the way!), so it would definitely be put to good use! Besides, we never get tired of watching and re-watching the segment of “I’ve Got a Dream”. :)

September 26, 2011 at 7:55 pm

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jessie SAYS:

My daughter would love Tangled!

September 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm
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