Along with phrases such as Mommy, I had fun at school today and I think it's time to read books, Big Sister E can often be found asking When's our next movie night?
Although they might not happen every week, we love the family togetherness of all four of us snuggling up on the couch to watch something entertaining and fun. Being able to pause the show whenever someone needs to go to the bathroom or someone else is just getting too antsy (which usually indicates we need to take a little break and make some popcorn) works out well for our younger attendees and the night usually ends up one big hug-fest... with some buttery fingers mixed in.
This month is Home Entertainment Month at Sam's Club, so together with Jenn Sbranti (Editor-in-Chief and founder of Hostess with the Mostess), this duo has teamed up to put together some great tips to make Family Movie Night even better. You'll find that these ideas can turn up the fun a few levels, particularly if you have Star Wars fans in your family:
A Family Affair
Hosting a movie night at home is such a fun way to get creative and entertain the entire family! Take your viewing party to the next level with cool, affordable entertainment and electronics like the brand new Star Wars Blu-ray trilogy sets ($39.98/set at Sam’s Club) or a giant 55" Philips LCD TV with MediaConnect for "big screen" viewing priced at only $998. Want to REALLY kick it up a notch? Check out this amazing 70” Sharp Aquos Quattron LED TV at Sam's Club for a movie experience that truly feels larger than life!
Setting the Mood
Get creative with a few fun (and EASY!) decorations inspired by your feature presentation. For a Star Wars viewing party, turn off all the lights, hang white string lights across the room and scatter some glow-in-the-dark stars around the coffee table to help bring the "galaxy" to life in your own living room. Use a little silver craft paint to transform a black paper lantern into the "Death Star," and hang some movie posters and metallic paper stars for the finishing touch.
Sip creative, themed drinks inspired by the movie of the night, such as "Yoda Soda" (lime sherbet + lemon-lime soda) or "Frozen Jedi Juice" for a screening of Star Wars. To make "Frozen Jedi Juice," partially freeze your favorite flavor of juice or Kool-Aid and serve it "slushy style" from cups embellished with the phrase "May the Freeze be with you."
Turn it Up
Great sound is key when it comes to bringing movie magic home. Sony's 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Home Theater System with surround sound (currently on sale for $379 at Sam's) will make it feel like the "Clone Wars" are taking place right next to your couch! And for those times when the mood is more "dance party" than "movie night," you can utilize the system's iPod/iPhone dock to crank up the music instead.
Think outside the popcorn box and serve up clever treats named after elements of the movie, such as "Darth Cheddars" (grilled cheese sandwiches) or "Storm Trooper Sundaes." Make edible "Light Sabers" by dipping pretzel rods in colored candy melts or tinted white chocolate. After the candy has dried, wrap one end of the “light saber” with tin foil to create the "handle."
Keep it Simple
Don't let confusing settings and "multiple remote syndrome" throw a frustrating glitch in your movie night…try a universal remote like Logitech's Harmony 600 Remote ($44.88 at Sam's) to streamline the process so that even the smallest family members can be in the driver's seat sometimes!
Brand New Stars
Use a home video camera like Canon's HF R20 HD Camcorder (priced at $369) to make your own "movie magic" starring the best cast of all - your very own family members! Have little ones do re-enactments of their favorite scenes from the movie you just watched or capture clips of the kids doing a craft activity or a recipe inspired by the movie. These are the "films" that you'll love to watch over and over again - long after the movie-of-the-night credits roll!
With everything from televisions to movies to TV consoles (and much more), Sam's Club has you covered for Home Entertainment Month and beyond. Their low prices, friendly service and huge selection will ensure that all you need to do is sit back and listen for the sound of the popcorn popping.
And, thanks to their generosity, one person will be prepared for their next Family Movie Night, because...
One lucky person will win a Tangled DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack!
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