Hosting the Perfect Movie Night… Just in Time for the Oscars

Five friends enjoying movie night with a bowl of popcorn

Hosting the perfect movie night… 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 enjoy the event. And, if you’re anything like me, you need to get on that. Hosting the perfect movie night with friends is the best (albeit the most obvious) way to catch up on the year’s most acclaimed flicks, and it can be even better with these tips.

Hosting the Perfect Movie 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 to watch movies that are set in Paris, get some francophone-inspired snacks – like macaroons. Having a cohesive theme 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

When hosting the perfect movie night, your guests 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. Shake up some cosmos for a chick flick. Be creative and have a good time (like that’ll be hard).

What films are you most excited to see? And which movies do you hope will win an Oscar?



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