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Family film nights #StudioStylers [AD]

October 18, 2019

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Before What The Dad Said and I had children one of the things we loved to do was to visit the cinema. Heading into the city to watch the latest blockbuster (are they still called blockbusters??). Fast forward to having children and we rarely go to the cinema as a couple. With blockbusters replaced by the latest family films.

Visiting the cinema, especially as a family can be quite expensive. Especially when you factor in travel costs, parking, cinema tickets and any sweet treats. A great way to counteract this is by hosting family film nights. Something that can be easy to arrange with some of the same fun and treats of visiting the cinema.

Setting the scene

With the darker nights beginning to draw in Autumn lends a helping hand in the darkroom feeling that you’re looking for. Drawing the curtains to block out any remaining sunlight and a possible reshuffle of the sofas and chairs may be in order to ensure that everyone has a good view of the TV. Add in some plumped up cushions and snuggly throws so that everyone is comfortable and cosy throughout the film.

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Keeping hydrated

Hydration is always important but when it comes to watching a film do you fancy something hot? or something cold? With the cooler evenings, hot chocolate is the obvious answer. Selecting your favourite colour from the rainbow stacking mugs. Before filling with hot chocolate and a handful of mini marshmallows. Squeezing in a swirl of squirty cream and maybe a biscuit twirl if you are looking to add in that extra touch of coffee shop chic.

Despite the weather, there is something about enjoying a Slush Puppie drink whilst watching a film. With the addition of a Slush Puppie machine at home, it’s so simple to make your own which you can enjoy all year round – who said Slush Puppies were just for the summer?

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Sweet treats

The classic cinema treat is popcorn, which can easily be recreated at home with the aid of a popcorn maker. Which allows you to experiment with different flavours so you’re not limited to salty or sweet popcorn. Something that you won’t find in the cinema but works well for family film nights are ‘cake in a mug’. Offering you the sweet treat that you crave whilst warming you up from the inside. Quick and easy to make and you can even cheat by utilising a store-bought mix too.

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What are we watching

Thanks to streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime it should be easy to find a film to enjoy. Although sometimes there is too much choice and therefore we have trouble deciding on what to watch. Occasionally we will purchase a new release to download via Sky or at the supermarket. As this still works out cheaper than visiting the cinema.

Just a few of the ways in which we prepare for family film nights. We try to do this a couple of times a month, in and around work shifts and the children’s activities. They are a great way to be together as a family, reconnecting after the hustle and bustle of daily family life.

Do you host family film nights?

  • Jenny October 28, 2019 at 8:51 am

    My kids enjoy watching films at the cinema more than at home, there are too many distractions at home!

  • Mellissa Williams October 28, 2019 at 9:20 am

    We do have film nights. We have some homemade popcorn or tortilla chips and salsa and tune into Netflix. I used to have a Slush Puppie when I was a child. Brings back memories!

  • Susan Mann October 28, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    That looks like great fun xx

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN October 28, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    We do have family film nights. The kids and I snuggle on the sofa or in bed to watch movies. It’s nice to have them all with me and happy and not arguing lol. Snacks and drinks are a must when on the sofa – not in bed though.

  • Hayley Warren October 28, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    I’d love a Slush Puppy machine, they’re delicious! I haven’t had a film night in a while now.

  • Rebecca Smith October 28, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    We often have family film nights – one of our favourite things to do! That Slush Puppie machine is so cool!

  • Sarah Bailey October 28, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    There is nothing quite like a home movie night! I totally need to check out a home slushie makes and I love a good mug cake too!

  • Vicky Hall-newman October 28, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    We have movie nights and love to snuggle up under the duvet and drink hot chocolate. its so cosy, now the cold weather is here.

  • Kacie October 29, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Sounds like you have all the ingredients for a lovely night-in! You can’t beat homemade popcorn, it’s so moreish.

  • Rhian Westbury October 29, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    We do mini date film nights with us both, and we have the slush maker too, I need to use it more but it’s just getting a little too cool now x

  • Melanie williams October 30, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Movie nights in are a fab idea. cuts cost and it is much more cosy and snug for sure

  • Hannah - Make, Do & Push! October 30, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Oh my GOODNESS! A Slush Puppy machine?? I had no idea these existed! Amazing 🙂 We have film afternoons which the kids love x

  • Kara October 30, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    The kids really want a slush puppy machine, I was skeptical about getting one but it looks fab

  • Yaya October 31, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Oh my gosh a Slush Puppy machine is seriously the best thing I could ever think of! I think we would have it on the go at our house year round which can be a bit bad for the healthy eating lol.

  • Lauretta at Home and Horizon November 1, 2019 at 12:49 am

    We do movie marathons on weekends from the late afternoon to the evening. The Slush Puppie machine is a wonderful appliance to have not just on summers but all year long. I love it.

  • Rachel Craig November 2, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Film Night/s at Home seem a nice idea. I do come from a family who have enjoyed visits to the cinema. At home gives the option of choosing :- Theme, film/s, refreshments, venue, audience, etc. Also avoid getting cold / wet by being outdoors. Also no need to consider transport.

    I think we may consider organising a Film Night in. As could be cosily indoors with delicious refreshments. Though either need to shop, delegate, or get treated by a kind considerate person. Also after film /s will likely have the opportunity of a nice chat about what we have been viewing. Could be a bonding experience.

  • bryanna November 4, 2019 at 10:34 am

    movie nights in are so cozy and fab – some of my favourite times 🙂 and agree about your steps – drinks, snacks, blankets… All make for a great experience!

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