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How to Celebrate National Movie Night


Written By Jennifer Borget

I'm a former journalist, and lifelong creator striving to make the world a better place. This is the space where I share my journey in making the most of every day by cherishing our individuality and celebrating our differences.

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!

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!

First of all print our free National Movie Night checklist to plan your event!

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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.

Not sure where to get started? Check out some of my top resources for the perfect family movie night!

How will you celebrate National Movie Night? Let me know in the comments!

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