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Whether you’re gathering your family or inviting a group of friends, a movie night can be just the right activity for fun and companionship. You may be wondering, though, how to set up a movie night so that everyone, including you, has a great time. Read on for some tips and tricks from Ruthless Reviews on how to host the perfect movie night.
Set Your Guest List
Your first step is to set your guest list. If you’re just gathering your family members, you’re all set. Otherwise, choose a small group of friends based on the size of your home. Don’t ask too many people, or you may end up sitting on top of each other.
Choose the Movie
Choose your movie, too. Consider drawing up a list of possibilities and asking your guests to vote for their favorite. The movie with the most votes wins. Select age-appropriate options if kids are part of the group, and also be mindful of your guests’ preferences about violence and adult themes. If all else fails, use an online movie recommendation tool to get a good suggestion for your movie night flick.
Prepare Your Home
Before the gathering, clean your home, and store away some of your possessions, so no one trips on them or knocks them over. Make sure your guests have plenty of room to sit comfortably and can easily see the screen.
If you’ve noticed some stubborn stains on your furniture that don’t come out no matter what you use, consider calling in an upholstery cleaning company. Read some reviews online, and select a couple of possible companies. Get quotes in writing, and ask for referrals from satisfied customers. Don’t hire a cleaner that insists on using all-in-one cleaning tools.
Set Up Audio and Video Equipment
On the day of your gathering, set up your audio and video equipment. This may be as simple as checking to make sure all the connections work on your television and sound system. If you plan to stream the movie, check that your Wi-Fi signal is strong and working well. Test the movie ahead of time to ensure it’s visible from all areas and that you set the volume at the right level.
Get the Lighting Right
Get the lighting right for your gathering. Most people prefer watching movies in the dark or in dim light, but if you’re serving snacks, provide at least enough light to avoid messes. Try several settings to see which one works best, allowing everyone to see their snacks while minimizing glare on the screen and in viewers’ eyes.
No one can fully appreciate a movie if they’re uncomfortable during the viewing. Even if you’re in your favorite chair or spot on the couch, if your clothes aren’t working for you, you’ll be pulled out of the movie. So make sure you’ve got some comfy PJs or supportive bras for hard to fit sizes handy. Your movie night should be distraction free.
Make Some Snacks
Finally, determine your snack menu. Stick with traditional favorites, such as popcorn, chips, and candy, or you get more creative and try individual snack cakes, spiced nuts, nachos, mozzarella sticks, or mini-pizzas. For drinks, serve soda, or consider making milkshakes or lattes. Consider what your guests prefer and what your budget can handle.
Enjoy Your Movie Night
When you’ve made all your preparations from housecleaning to snacks, sit back and enjoy the movie. And for the latest reviews on your newest movie night selections, be sure to check out Ruthless Reviews!