I’m a big fan of the “night in“. In fact, I don’t do “nights out” because I don’t drink and clubbing isn’t my thing anymore. Oh and my anxiety would make it almost impossible for me to actually have fun, in a hot, sweaty club surrounded by drunk people with a bass drum pounding in my brain. So back to the point, nights in are good and I think we should all embrace the night in a little more and realise that they can be just as fun. Last year, I set up a home cinema one evening when my boyfriend came home from work. It had all the fixings and the making of a mini cinema just for 2! So here’s how to create your perfect home cinema evening if you fancy a cheap, cosy night in with a partner, friends or your mum!
Movies: Of course first up is the movie. There’s plenty of options for this; DVD’s, Netflix, Blinkbox or Curzon. And what are you going for; Horror, Chick-flick, Romance? The possibilities are endless!
Take-away / food: A home cinema night is the perfect chance to treat yourself to a take-away. My go-to is either Chinese or Dominos (which is perfect to eat out of the box in front of the telly). Or if you’re in the mood to go all-out, you can make your own yummy dinner from scratch. For easy-to-eat dinners, I’d recommend this Chunky Beef Chilli, Thai Fish Cakes or a aromatic Bombay Curry!
Snacks: And after dinner snacks of course! When I made my home cinema, I went for traditional popcorn (sweet, of course) and Malteasers (proper cinema food). Or you could make your own easy treats like these no-bake white chocolate Oreo truffles.
Aesthetic: It’s got to look the part too so you can have the cosiest evening. Whack on those fairy-lights and candles and gather all the pillows and fluffy blankets you can find!
Cinema tickets: You can’t get into a cinema without a ticket, right? When I did mine, very childishly, I created cinema tickets just as a bit of fun. This is a good chance to get creative (if you have time) and who doesn’t like to unleash their inner child every once in a while? This is also a great suggestion for if you’re having a cinema night with kids and a fun activity to do with them!