5 Ingredients of a perfect movie night setup
Who needs an excuse to throw a movie night and have a couple of friends over for drinks? There’s nothing like the feeling of getting cozy on a big couch and enjoying a great film together. But to get the most out of your movie night, you’ll need to have the right setup.
1. The perfect movie
Choosing the right movie can make or break your movie night. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic or a new release, make sure you select one that your guests will enjoy as much as you do.
You can take suggestions from your friends and family but one good solution is to roll out a good old comedy to keep laughs and drinks flowing as, let’s face it, a dark room full of sobbing people is probably not the best idea for a night in. Or consider picking an Oscar-winning animated picture such as Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio. Another option is to go through Netflix suggestions: The Murder Mystery sequel is a great one to unwind after a long work day.
2. Delicious snacks
Nothing complements a movie better than the beloved bowl of popcorn. However pizza rolls and cheeseburger sliders do the trick — although there is tendency for them to be devoured before the movie even starts.
Mind that sofa from food and sticky fingers though. You’ll want to protect it from spills and crumbs and sofa covers will do the trick.
3. Right furniture layout
Make sure that everyone is comfortable and has a good view of the screen. It’s important that every guest can move around freely without feeling closed in.
Arrange your furniture in a way that allows everyone to sit together and enjoy the movie. If you don’t have enough seating options, you can always get some floor cushions or bean bags so everyone has a spot.
Make sure speakers are placed in a way that everyone can hear the audio clearly. You may also want to consider using a soundbar or surround sound system for an immersive audio experience.
Set up a small table or snack station near the seating area so that people can easily grab snacks and drinks without disrupting the movie.
4. Proper lighting
The key to a great movie night is creating a dark, cinematic atmosphere. Dim the lights or even better turn them off completely. Avoid using overhead lighting, as it can create glare on the screen and be distracting.
Consider adding some accent lighting, such as LED strips or rope lights, behind the TV or along the walls to create a soft glow. This can help reduce eye strain and make the viewing experience more comfortable. You can also experiment with different lighting options like fairy lights or candles to add a touch of warmth and coziness.
Task lighting like table lamps and also provide focused light on a table or couch so guests can see food and drink or to light the way out if they want to go to the another room.
5. Cozy throws and pillows
Nothing beats snuggling up under a warm and cozy throw while watching a movie. Make sure you have enough cushions and throw pillows for everyone to get comfortable. You can also choose throws and pillows that complement your overall decor and create a welcoming vibe. While patterned pillows add a splash of colour to the room, throw oversized blankets instantly add coziness and even luxury if you go with velvet for a fabric.
Keep in mind these five ingredients of a perfect movie night setup and share them with friends coming over and there’s no harm in asking them to contribute to save you some time and help you make it an extra special evening!