In a few days, you’ll get to gush over glamorous gowns and watch Hollywood’s finest (and not so finest) parade around a red carpet. Don’t lie – I know you’re a little excited. But the thing about the Academy Awards is that generally you have to watch the nominated films to really enjoy the event. And, if you’re anything like me, you need to get on that. A movie night with friends is the best (albeit the most obvious) way to catch up the year’s most acclaimed flicks, and it can be even better with these tips:
Go Ahead, Make Their Night
Okay, first things first: select the movies. Since this night is completely built around whatever you’re watching, you need to pick out your titles ahead of time and plan the order in which they’ll be viewed.
Nobody Puts Baby In a Corner
Seating is almost as important as the movies themselves – nothing’s worse than craning your neck for 5 hours. If there isn’t enough room on the couch for the gang, don’t forget that the floor is a prime spot. Bust out the comfy pillows and blankets and make that floor cozy. The key is getting everyone comfortable…and not stuck in any awkward corners.
If You Feed Them, They Will Come
Have fun with the food! The usual chips and dip are always great, but if you’re trying to make this night seamless, you’ll want to add more pizzazz to your menu. If you’re planning on watching movies that say, are set in Paris, go get some francophone inspired snacks – like macaroons. Having a cohesive theme that runs throughout the evening will make your guests more interested in the movies.
You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Bowl
Come on, a movie without popcorn? That’s blasphemy. Popcorn is a tradition and completely necessary for this event. Of course, you can step up the glam with gourmet flavors, but if you’re head-over-heels for classic butter, that’s just fine too.
A Martini, Shaken, Not Stirred
Your movie night attendees are going to need something to wash down all those snacks. Pick beverages that go with what you’re watching. If you’ve got hours of westerns planned, don’t forget the margarita mix. Chick flicks? Shake up some cosmos. Be creative and have a good time (like that’ll be hard).
What films are you most excited to see? And which do you hope win some Oscars?
About the Author:
“Katie Straw” is the Gourmet Scribe at GourmetGiftBaskets.com, one of the top suppliers of gift baskets in the nation, and currently resides in Manchester, New Hampshire.