The perfect home cinema night! 

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!

What else would you add to your perfect home cinema night? What would be your movies of choice?

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49 thoughts on “The perfect home cinema night! 

  1. This is such a good idea! I love the cinema tickets tip, I can ask Flora to make some, that would be right up her street. Although, if we’re watching with Flora our choices would have to involve dragons, haha. Lovely post, Jenny! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  2. Nick and I have a date night tradition as we have two young child, we’ve found a very quite cinema/restaurant where we have a nice little meal before seeing our movie but when we do have nights in, it is definitely a Chinese and Netflix, we’ve just had one and we watched Deepwater Horizon which was incredible!

  3. Oh I couldn’t agree more about hating nights out – I went clubbing once, NEVER again! I’d much rather curl up in bed watching a good film (usually Disney, comedy, Marvel or chickflick) with some Galaxy, Maltesers, ice cream or a pile of sandwiches. It makes me happy and it’s how I’d rather spend my evening! xxx

    • I went out clubbing almost too much when I was 18/19. I’ve certainly got the “been there done that” t-shirt but naturally things change and my anxiety now would make it almost impossible for me to step into a club. But I don’t really want to anymore so that’s cool (: I really want some Malteasers now! xxx

  4. I love having cosy nights in front of the TV watching films 💕. I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t like loud clubs anymore. I love your suggestion to make your own cinema tickets – that’s such a cute and creative idea ❤️. Fabulous post and hope you have a wonderful relaxing Christmas Jenny 🎄😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  5. This sounds perfect, you basically mentioned everything I would want to have the perfect movie night in! I would most probably go for a thriller or a romantic comedy if I’m in the mood for that! 💕

  6. Oh my goodness what a fabulous post!! This takes me wayyyyy back when it was my birthday when I was younger (possibly about 10) when I asked if I could have friends around for a movie. We got a projector to put a movie on the wall, and watched Lizzie McGuire film and ate pizza and it was the best!! I definitely need to relive this!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

  7. I love that you made tickets, that just makes it more special and fun! I think Netflix is making it so much easier to have a home cinema night these days with all the straight to Netflix big film titles there are.

  8. Love this and often have nights I like this with the family ❤️ If it’s just the two of us we quite enjoy some stand up comedy instead of a movie as a change. I love Beauty and the Beast though and have watched it loads over Christmas

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