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!}

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.}

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.

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

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.

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”.

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!

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!



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!


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

Leave a Comment


Kristy SAYS:

I would love to have Secretariat!

Reply September 27, 2011 at 6:25 am

Aimee SAYS:

My son will love Thron or X-Men

Reply September 27, 2011 at 6:27 am

Helen SAYS:

We’d love the Star Wars Blu-Ray collection.

We always play 5/3/1 when trying to decide what movie to watch. We pick five movies to watch (we have to agree on the initial five choices); one person narrows it down to three, and then the other person narrows it down to one. It’s fair, and we alternate who is the ultimate decider.

Reply September 27, 2011 at 6:45 am

Jenni SAYS:

I would love to win Tangled because the whole family loves it! :o) What a cute way to make an at-home movie night special!

Reply September 27, 2011 at 7:04 am

Alice H SAYS:

We do pillows and blankets on the floor for movie nights at our house. Then we share a big bowl of buttery goodness (aka popcorn)!

I think we would like the Star Wars on Blu-Ray.

Reply September 27, 2011 at 7:23 am

Jovanna SAYS:

I would love to own Tangled! Loved it :)

Reply September 27, 2011 at 7:33 am

Lindsay SAYS:

My husband LOVES Star Wars! I would love to give Episodes 4-6 to him for Christmas!

Reply September 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

Natalia SAYS:

Me encantaría X-Men, soy una fanática de esa película desde la primera que salió, aunque a mi esposo le gustaría mas Star Wars… jejeje habría que discutirlo.
Saludos a ustedes y gracias por todas sus maravillosas ideas.

Reply September 27, 2011 at 8:50 am

Wendy SAYS:

We just bought the new star wars, but we would love to add x-men to our collection!

Reply September 27, 2011 at 9:04 am

Melissa SAYS:

I would love to win Tangled!

Reply September 27, 2011 at 9:25 am

Crystal Sanders Thompson SAYS:

I would love to win the Star Wars Blu-rays!! I’ve loved Star Wars since I was a kid!

Reply September 27, 2011 at 9:29 am

Janice S SAYS:

Fun giveaway and ideas! Star Wars is so awesome… I’d love to have it on Blu Ray!!

Reply September 27, 2011 at 9:50 am

Catherine Downey SAYS:

Blu-ray: Star Wars Episodes 1-3 and 4-6 – My husband would be SOOOOOO happy!

Reply September 27, 2011 at 10:06 am

donnao SAYS:

I would love Tron.

Reply September 27, 2011 at 10:22 am


Definitely Secretariat, love that movie!

Reply September 27, 2011 at 10:29 am

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