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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Crystal Sanders Thompson SAYS:

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

September 27, 2011 at 9:29 am

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Janice S SAYS:

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

September 27, 2011 at 9:50 am

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Catherine Downey SAYS:

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

September 27, 2011 at 10:06 am

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donnao SAYS:

I would love Tron.

September 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

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Eli SAYS:

Definitely Secretariat, love that movie!

September 27, 2011 at 10:29 am

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missy SAYS:

my husband and i are 2 star wars diehards! the night i met him, i over heard him talking about star wars to a mutual friend. i butted into their conversation and we’ve been together ever since. we would love the star wars movies blu-ray!

September 27, 2011 at 10:56 am

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Kristi SAYS:

Star Wars would be awesome!

September 27, 2011 at 11:57 am

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McKenzie SAYS:

Star Wars! You just have to love the classics!

September 27, 2011 at 11:58 am

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Alicia SAYS:

Tangled :) Love that movie!

September 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm

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Kristen SAYS:

I would LOVE to win the Star Wars Blu-rays!

September 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm

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Lisa Jones SAYS:

I would love to get the Original Star Wars on Blu-Ray, my husband loves Star Wars and it would be awesome to give it to him!

September 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm

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Leslie SAYS:

Would love the Stars Wars movies on Blue-ray. I can’t only imagine how amazing they must look on Blue-ray!

September 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm

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Anna M SAYS:

gotta love the classics! the updated star wars would be pretty cool to see!

September 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm

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Kim SAYS:

Have to go with Star Wars for my hubby. I love your movie night ideas! Can’t wait to use them.

September 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm

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Carie Ledbetter SAYS:

I would love to get the Star Wars BluRay pack 1-6, my daughter is just getting into these movies and i grew up with them, and I would love to have them for her.

September 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm

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Monica SAYS:

Would love to win the Star Wars movies, my husband is a huge fan and we recently got my 3yr old daughter to watch them who now also loves them. We like to pop some popcorn and sit on the couch to watch a good movie together as a family. :)

September 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm

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Laura Read SAYS:

Can I admit that I’ve still never seen all the Star Wars movies? Let’s fix that. I pick Star Wars! Thanks for the giveaway.

September 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm

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Stephanie P SAYS:

DefinitelyStar Wars. My boys are ALL Star Wars ALL the time!

September 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm

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Michelle Torres SAYS:

My daughter’s love when Mommy and Daddy do movie nights with them! We pop loads of popcorn, everyone picks their own toppings to sprinkle on…. We would love to win this giveaway and get our hands on the Tangled movie!!!!!

September 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm

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kendra hall SAYS:

x-men would be a fun movie! my son is at that age were hes in love with the old comic movies! itd be a great addition to our “comic movie” collection.

September 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm
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