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How to Celebrate National Movie Night
Written By Jennifer Borget
December 21, 2021
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Not sure where to get started with National Movie Night? Keep reading to learn everything you need to know on how to celebrate National Movie Night in style!
National Movie Night is more than just an extension of your weekly movie night. It is the one night of the year that you can take your love of movies and amp it up a notch or two. You can invite all of your friends and family over, throw a themed party, and have a huge screening of your favorite film!
Sharing movies with our kids has been one of my greatest joys. Movies give us a sense of belonging and connect us not only to the characters whose lives we are watching unfold but to those who enjoy this magical experience with us.
We are a family of movie fanatics every day of the year, but when the newly established National Movie Night holiday comes around, we pull out all the stops – and you can consider doing so too!
How to Celebrate National Movie Night
National Movie Night Set Up
The first thing you should do is sort out your setup. You can keep it small and cozy by staying indoors, or if you’re feeling a little adventurous, you can take the celebrations outside with a blow-up screen or projector. Or perhaps you feel like going all out? If so, why not rent out the theater or book yourself into a drive-in screening? Whatever you do, don’t forget the snacks!
National Movie Night Invites
Next, you’ll want to start planning and sending out your invites. After all, you can’t expect your nearest and dearest to turn up to an event they don’t know exists yet! Don’t be afraid to get creative here. Enlist the kids’ help, grab some colored pens and paper, or use an online tool to design movie-themed invites.
How to Choose a Movie for National Movie Night
Now for the fun part of your National Movie Night Celebrations – choosing what to watch! Whether you want to watch something brand new, or a classic there are a lot of options. Luckily I’ve got just the thing to help get you started, my free 52 Movie Night Ideas checklist. This handy list is filled with must-see movies that are perfect for the whole family. Whatever your preference, you are sure to find a film that suits, plus many, many more!
The Perfect Snacks for National Movie Night
And last, but by no means least, snacks! Before you begin, make sure to gather all of your favorite movie night nibbles, from popcorn and chips to chocolates and candy, and settle in for a night of pure magic!
A Must-Have for Every Movie Night
Wherever you choose to celebrate, there’s one item you just can’t be without – my Movie Night Journal. This keepsake journal features a how-to guide for planning the perfect movie night, space for detailed lists of dozens of movie genres, hundreds of movie ideas, and fun activity sheets. Each movie night can be enjoyed by filling in the pages to keep track of what you watch and when, who liked it and who didn’t, and the most memorable parts – either the actual movie scenes or memories that were made as you watched! It’s one of my favorite movie night extras.
Family Movie Night Journal
NOW PLAYING! Create new family traditions with this journal that has hundreds of movie night suggestions, activities and snack ideas to make the perfect movie night. Plus 52 weeks of space for movie ratings and recaps so you can remember your favorite parts about each movie.
Not sure where to get started? Check out some of my top resources for the perfect family movie night!
- THE ULTIMATE 90S MOVIE CHECKLIST – 52 FILMS PERFECT FOR FAMILIES
- THE ULTIMATE ANIMATED DISNEY MOVIES CHECKLIST
- MARVEL MOVIE CHECKLIST IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
- DISNEY LIVE-ACTION MOVIES CHECKLIST.
- THE ULTIMATE PIXAR MOVIES CHECKLIST FOR DISNEY+
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- SOME OF THE BEST LGBTQ+ PRIDE MOVIES AND TV SHOWS CHECKLIST FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES
- 27 GREAT MOVIES TO WATCH DURING AAPI HERITAGE MONTH AND BEYOND
- THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY FAMILY MOVIE CHECKLIST
How will you celebrate National Movie Night? Let me know in the comments!
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