Indoor movie nights aren’t just for kid’s parties and special occasions. Recreating a cinematic experience at home can be an amazing activity to get your creative juices flowing. It’s also an incredible way to make new memories - or even traditions - without even having to leave your house.
Whether you’re planning a family fun day, a romantic night in, or a rainy day activity, here are our tried-and-tested indoor movie night ideas. Get ready to transform your living space into a cozy private theatre.
Reasons To Have DIY Movie Nights
There are many perks to staying in for a movie, but it certainly does lack that special something that comes with a huge screen and professional surround sound. Why not combine the best of these two experiences to create an unforgettable evening by bringing the cinema to you?
When you host a movie night at home, you have control over mood, setting, snacks, and even the dress code. There’s no one stopping you from having your own red-carpet event and daunting your most formal attire. On the other hand, since you won’t be going out in public, you can wear your most comfortable pajamas. Or not bother with a dress code at all.
There’s also no driving, no one sitting in your view of the screen, and no strangers making a noise during the best parts of the movie.
At-Home Movie Night Essentials
While you can tailor the details of your indoor movie night exactly to your liking, there are few basic elements that you shouldn’t forget about. Before we dive into the decorative aspects, let’s have a look at what you need for memorable movie nights at home.
The Perfect Movie
Films have a powerful effect on our emotions and can be a great way to de-stress after a long day. Even suspenseful flicks have been shown to give us a rush of dopamine after the initial tension has been resolved.
There’s also no rule that says your personal cinema can’t enjoy a little nostalgia. Consider taking out the classics, an old favorite, or even some home movies. Remember that the choice of film will set the overall tone for your evening. So whether it’s excitement, action, romance, or a few laughs that you’re after, think about an option that everyone involved can enjoy.
The Right Snacks
Depending on your vision, there is so much to do for your movie night’s food. There are always the classic cinematic options of popcorn, soda, and all your favorite candies. But if you’re wanting to make your evening a little bit more special, you can opt for a home-cooked meal, a delicious cheese-board, or party sliders. You can even order in for that extra level of lazy luxury.
A Comfortable Setting
The cinema is a grand place, but let’s be honest, it’s not always the most comfortable place to watch a movie. Depending on your location, you have a variety of options for the overall comfort of your at-home feature film experience. We like to curate the bedroom for ultimate coziness, so we set up movie nights from the comfort of our 100% organic Hemp bed sheets.
Not only are these sheets luxuriously soft and fluffy, but they also keep the perfect temperature. Their 180-gram thread count and natural hemp fibers keep toasty warm in cold weather without overheating.
Movie Night at Home: Ideas and Top Tips
To make this indoor movie experience a reality, think practically about what you have to work with, as well as what rooms you’re most comfortable in. Our most successful movie nights at home have always centered around convenience and comfort.
This is where you can start sourcing items from around your house to really make your unique space come together.
No Projector? No Problem
You may think that you need a projector to capture the experience of the movies at home. But there are many ways to make a memorable evening with what you already have. Even the smallest laptop screen looks more impressive in a tent you’ve set up inside. This obviously only works if your tent is small enough to fit in a room. But we’ve personally found a beach tent to be an awesome movie spot when it’s stuffed with pillows, blankets, and a bucket of popcorn.
Indoor Movie Night Decorations
Just because you’re inside doesn’t mean you can’t steal some outdoor movie night ideas for your night in. Houseplants and fairy lights are two of the easiest additions to a space that immediately sets a mood.
Candles are another great way to get ambient lighting as well as introduce a calming smell. Just be careful to keep them out of any areas they may be knocked over. If you’re worried about a fire hazard, incense sticks are a much less risky option.
Final Touches For The Perfect Movie Night
With the essentials of your movie night covered, now’s the time to get your imaginative juices flowing. With a little creativity and practical problem-solving, you can transform any room into a completely different type of home entertainment area.
Enjoy! And let us know how you made the perfect at-home film fun.