Is there an important birthday or anniversary coming up? Or do you just want to show your special someone a little love on a random day? You don’t need an elaborate gift, over-the-top gesture, or expensive night out to show your partner how much you care. An at-home movie night that’s uniquely crafted can be a pretty sweet gift.
But here’s the catch—you’ve got to do it right.
To help out, we’ve created a list of at-home movie night ideas to help you kick your plans into high gear. From top-notch snacks to a cozy atmosphere to a few special touches, we’ve got all the must-have movie night prep you need.
How to Organize An At-Home Movie Night
Any amount of thought, care, and attention to detail you put into your at-home movie night is going to be appreciated. We encourage you to throw your own spin on things and have fun while you do it.
We’ve got some initial inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.
Send an Invite
Show your movie night was anything but a last-minute idea. Create a cute, customized invitation and send it ahead of time. Add in the details they’ll need to know—where, when, and what to bring (if anything).
Whether you handcraft it and send it through snail mail or create it online and drop it in their inbox, a little extra effort here can go a long way.
Get Comfy, Get Cozy
If you don’t have a dedicated space for movies, we highly encourage you to do a quick renovation of your coziest space to make it even comfier. Fluffy, cozy blankets? Perfect. Giant cushions and big pillows? Check and check. Cozy PJs? You bet.
However you decide to deck out your space, just make sure you keep coming back to one specific thing: cozy comfort.
It’s All About the Snacks
Switch up your normal movie night snacks and go for something exciting. Do you typically opt for a boring bag of chips? Not this time. Whether you make your own snacks (we’ve got a blog post with some of our favorite small kitchen appliances to help you out if you want to create snacks yourself) or purchase something special, you’ll want to really elevate the snacks for this at-home movie night. Here are just a few ideas to consider:
- Include themed snacks that coincide with the movie(s) you’re watching. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? A ton of candy is a must. A movie set in Italy? If you’re not enjoying gelato, you’re missing out.
- Try all-new snacks that neither of you has ever sampled. Make this an experiment that brings a little extra fun to the night.
- Purchase an entire selection of snacks that you know your special someone loves—in other words, make it all about them.
Amp up the Ambiance
Start with a clean, fresh space that’s decluttered and totally mess-free. Then, opt for some special décor. You could light some candles, turn on your fireplace, or spritz some delicious smells throughout the room.
Remember to turn off alarms, loud clocks, and other noise-making devices so nothing interrupts the relaxing ambiance you’ve created.
Don’t Skimp on the Screen
If you really want to elevate your at-home movie night, try to go the extra mile with your screen. Spoiler alert: this doesn’t automatically mean you need to drop a lot of money on an enormous flat-screen TV.
For the ultimate budget hack that’s going to boost your viewing pleasure, go for a projector that hooks up to your phone or laptop. Clear space to ensure nothing is in the way of your screen or projector and be sure there’s nothing distracting in the eye line of your viewing area.
Pick the Perfect Film
Focus on your movie selection process. We highly recommend thinking about what type of movie your partner would like best and setting up the best way to view the main attraction ahead of time.
Does your partner love rom-coms? Find the perfect one. Do they have a comedy obsession? Pick out a great funny film to watch together. To really impress your partner and make them feel loved, focus the movie selection on what you know they enjoy.
Turn it Into a Movie Marathon
Want to make the at-home movie-night even more exceptional? Turn your one-movie viewing into a total marathon. Pick a series you know your honey will enjoy and then get ready to buckle up for a night of comfy-cozy movie watching.