A super fun way to get in the festive mood is to cozy up on the sofa and watch your favorite classic holiday films from childhood. This year, why not invite your friends and make it a party?
Pick a day before the holiday madness really sets in and plan at least 3 hours for your movie night party. Tell your friends that the dress code is "comfy casual" ... whether you make it a pajama party is up to you.
What's great about this get together is that set up is a complete breeze and there's no need to worry about whether you've got the tree up or not. Just string some colorful holiday lights around the living room, light a few candles, grab holiday cups and paper plate, and you're ready to roll.
Don't have enough seats for everyone? No sweat! Pull out the pillows and the blankies and let everyone get comfortable old school style on the floor, like when we were kids.
What Should You Watch?
Survey your guests in the invitation for their votes on a holiday film or simply choose your favorite must-see special. Obvious ideas include Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but don't forget to consider more unique options.
Thanks to services like Netflix and onDemand, you can easily just go to the holiday section and pick something out for your guests to screen together.
Consider these crowd-pleasing hits:
- Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol - the first ever animated holiday special.
- A Christmas Story - you know, the one with the kid who gets his tongue stuck to the frozen metal pole
- Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire - where it all began. This is the original Simpsons full length feature where we met and fell in love with that little brat, Bart.
- Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas - A Jim Henson special from the days before the Muppets about an otter family with very little money, but a whole lot of love.
What Should You Serve?
Think pigs in blankets, sliders, mini pizza bagels or other finger foods that are easy to enjoy while cuddled up in front of the tube. For sweets, think chocolate chip cookies, mini cupcakes and of course, don't forget the popcorn. Take your game up a notch by providing a variety of gourmet flavored popcorns in a divided bucket.
Once you select your movie for the night, you can even build a theme around it. Come up with clever or funny names for your snacks based on characters like Charlie's Brownies or pull recipe ideas from the films for creations like woofle jelly cupcakes with razzleberry dressing.
For drinks, set up a beverage station so your guests can serve themselves, and you can hang out with the gang instead of running to the kitchen all the time. If it's a kids-only party, include water, juices, sodas, hot cocoa and maybe a little eggnog. Be sure to have plenty of marshmallows & whipped cream on hand. For grown-ups, you can add mulled wine, whipped cream flavored vodka (to spike the cocoa), coffee and flavorful liqueurs like Frangelico and Kahlua to the mix.
Honestly, for this party to be a hit, as long as you have some good friends, tasty snacks and a fun flick, you're all set. Still, if you want to take things to the next level, try a fun game where you write movie-based gags onto slips of paper and have guests draw one as they arrive. Have them keep their gag secret until their scene in the film happens. They could be asked to sing along to Holly Jolly Christmas, dance with the twins in Charlie Brown or literally hop up and put "one foot in front of the other."
And, don't think this party idea is just for the holidays! You can always throw a fun movie night: a throwback Thursday with a classic from the '80's, a summer fun party with Beach Blanket Bingo or do a Valentine's date night with other couples and screen When Harry Met Sally. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination!
What ideas can you come up with?