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5 Simple Ways to Set Up a Successful Family Movie Night

5 Simple Ways to Set Up a Successful Family Movie Night

There’s something about movie nights that makes family time extra memorable. After a busy week at school and work, movie nights create opportunities for the family to bond and improve relationships. But then, everyone knows how expensive movie tickets can be. Besides, why would you want to spend a night watching a movie in a room full of strangers when you can do it in the comfort of your own home? Here are some great tips on how to host a successful movie night your family will love.

1. Decide What Movies to Watch Beforehand

Picking a movie everyone will agree with can be challenging. What if dad’s more into action, mom’s more into romantic comedies, and the kids want cartoons? There are a couple of ways to solve this problem.

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If you have a family comprised of kids and tweens, you can decide to watch two or three movies for the night. The first movie would be for the younger kids and the second would be for mom and dad (and for the teens who are allowed to stay up a little later). Another option would be to have everyone submit a selection or draw from a hat. Or just to let each family member take turns in choosing a movie every week.

The important thing here is to get a film everyone (or at least the majority) will enjoy. For example, if you want action movies that the kids will enjoy, you can pick The Avengers or Indiana Jones. Still not sure what movie to watch? You can also check out IMDB or Showbox to get ideas on what movies to see.

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2. Get Creative – Pick a Theme!

Get everyone excited by creating a theme for your movie night. For example, if you’re going to have a Lord of the Rings marathon, you can decorate the living room to make it look like Bilbo’s hobbit house. Fun themes make movie nights extra special. You can make it even more interesting by having movie-themed plates, cups, and even T-shirts.

3. Prepare Your Own Snacks

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    Themes don’t only go with the setting. It’s also good to create movie-inspired snacks to excite the kids. This could be simple as french fries or as elaborate as this Finding Dory treats or Cheshire Cat Cupcakes. For parents who like to prepare healthy snacks, some great ideas for movie snack treats are zucchini chips, baked pickles, and candied grapes. If you don’t have much time to prepare, you can always go for popcorn. And it doesn’t have to be boring. Check out these yummy popcorn recipes to flavor up your movie night. Preparing snacks with your family can make for a great bonding time before the movie starts. Remember to pick easy recipes your kids can help prepare.

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    4. Arrange a Good Setup

    Nothing can ruin a movie night like a bad setup (messy environment, poor visual quality, noisy background). Invest in having good movie viewing equipment by purchasing a bigger TV and creating a comfy viewing space for everyone. Keep it as cushy as possible. Make sure everyone is having a great time by having good comfy seats. Also, just because you planned the movie night doesn’t mean you have to take on all the responsibilities. Give everyone tasks like cleaning, arranging, or setting up the video and audio before the movie rolls.

    5. Schedule

    Lastly, don’t forget to schedule your movie night. It’s best to plan a monthly or weekly date which everyone can attend. The purpose of family movie nights is to strengthen bonds and create happy memories that will be remembered by everyone for years.

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    Last Updated on November 17, 2019

    20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

    20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

    Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

    1. Make a gift bag.

    A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

    2. Give a toast.

    Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

    3. Write a poem.

    “Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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    4. Create your own labels.

    There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

    5. Give a gift card.

    Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

    6. Send a letter.

    Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

    7. Use social media to send a special message.

    If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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    8. Make your own digital greeting card.

    While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

    9. Make a YouTube video.

    Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

    10. Deliver cookies or candies.

    Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

    11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

    There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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    12. Put together a flower basket.

    Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

    13. Take a picture.

    Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

    14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

    The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

    15. Do something special for them.

    Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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    16. Reciprocate their help.

    Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

    17. Be there for them.

    Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

    18. Listen to them.

    Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

    19. Say it in another language…or two…

    A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

    20. Show them some love.

    A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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