5 Things You Need For The Perfect movie Night In ..
A few weeks back we were asked to take part in the E.ON Winter Watching Blogger Challenge so I got thinking about our next movie night in and what I could do to make it our best one yet. I came up with a list of just 5 things that would make it a great evening:
- The preparation - This is the shopping trip to get everything you need ahead of the big night.
- Getting Comfortable - You need the right amount of fluffy cushions, soft sofa throws to lie on and fluffy fleece blankets to keep warm and cuddle up together under.
- Snacks - You need a nice selection of snacks and drinks to get everyone in the mood.
- A good family movie - We used Sky Cinema as it has such a large range of movies to suit all the family. There's comedies, cartoons and festive fun galore.
- The company - Gather all your friend sand family and just have fun together.
E.ON did some research into Britain's TV habits and found that among 2,000 Brits four in ten of us (39%) say films are our saviour from the day-to-day stresses of life. They also found out that nearly half of Brits (46%) look forward to snuggling up on the sofa as Christmas gets closer. Other things people look forward to are: Watching winter TV (30%) and having the perfect excuse to stay in on the evenings (28%) I like staying in during the Winter too so watching a movie comes quite high on my own list of Winter things to do.
The preparation was lots of fun, we headed off to our local super market to get ready for our big night. We bought everything from cushions, to throws, to blankets, to food and drink. The children were staying over at Granny's for the night so they had no idea what they were going to come home to. I was excited to surprise them with our biggest movie night in yet.
Getting comfortable was easy when you have so many fluffy fleeces around. I treated the kids to a lovely fluffy fleece blanket each with their favourite Disney character on. I covered the sofa in new super soft throws and threw out the old 'worn out' cushions to replace them with some new plump ones. The sofa was looking great, now I just hoped they'd save me a seat as it can get a little crowded for movie night as it's the one time of the week we all actually sit on the sofa all at the same time. It's a bit of a squash but I like it that way.
The snacks included everything from crisps and dips to yogurt tubes. Ginger bread men biscuits to chocolate cookies. There was peanuts and of course toffee popcorn as you can't watch a movie without popcorn. Not only did I buy lots of lovely food and drink but I also bought some cute festive paper plates, bowls and cups to use too. The kids were so excited when they came home and I filled them in on my little secret. Their little faces lit right up.
Finding the right movie was a little trickier as trying to please all 3 children when they're so far apart in ages can be a hard task but we got there in the end. Sky Cinema has lots of great movie to choose from so after a little family discussion we decided on Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie. The movie was a great light hearted cartoon comedy filled with lots of funny 'laugh out loud' moments which made our night so much better.
The movie didn't matter too much as it's never really about the movie. It's about the effort of spending time together as a family and spending just a few hours doing something as one. The company is what matters most to me as I love spending time with my children but as they get older, they tend to drift off into a world of online social media and gaming which means they then spend a lot less time with me. Our movie nights are always something to look forward to in our house and with Sky Cinema on our TV, we can do it whenever we like.
Lily and Ryan had such a great time and loved all the treats. Chloe may be a bit older (13) but even she had a nice time and actually managed to put her phone down for a few hours to join in. Family movie nights are a great way to spend quality time together, every family should try it. Who knows, you may enjoy it so much that you'll do it every week like we do.
I think our movie night in was a success as everyone had such a great time. The only problem now is that the kids are expecting the next one to be even bigger and better than this one which is going to be hard to top. I think I have my work cut out for me, oh dear.
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