I have to say that we bought Star Wars on Blu-ray the minute it came out. It was on pre-order at Amazon since well, forever. So as soon as it came the kids were screaming MOVIE NIGHT MOVIE NIGHT. And yes, we’re that nerdy if you will. Our kids know all the characters of Star Wars all episodes, and they haven’t seen all of the first three, some of those are way too scary. But I love the fact that the first three are completely clean and family safe. Not much violence, the worst word on them is “shut-up” and none of that other stuff you don’t want little kids watching. I LOVE STAR WARS. And yes it does look awesome on Blu-ray, and I’m ok with the changes that were made. Don’t hate me!
Now for those of you that are not Star Wars fans or not as psycho about the movie as I am, Sam’s Club still has plenty of movies for you to choose from. They have great prices on all recent the Blu-rays and everything you need to host your own movie night. The have some expert party planning tips from Jenn Sbranti, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Hostess with the Mostess to share with us.
A Family Affair
Hosting a movie night at home is such a fun way to get creative and entertain the entire family! Take your viewing party to the next level with cool, affordable entertainment & electronics like the brand new Star Wars Blu-ray trilogy sets ($39.98/set at Sam’s Club) or a giant 55" Philips LCD TV with MediaConnect for "big screen" viewing at only $998 at Sam’s Club. Want to REALLY kick it up a notch? Check out this amazing 70” Sharp Aquos Quattron LED TV at Sam’s Club for a movie experience that truly feels larger than life!
Setting the Mood
Get creative with a few fun (and EASY!) decorations inspired by your feature presentation. For a Star Wars viewing party, turn off all the lights, hang white string lights across the room and scatter some glow-in-the-dark stars around the coffee table to help bring the "galaxy" to life in your own living room. Use a little silver craft paint to transform a black paper lantern into the "Death Star", and hang some movie posters and metallic paper stars for the finishing touch.
I’m all for getting dressed up too!
Sip creative, themed drinks inspired by the movie of the night, such as "Yoda Soda" (lime sherbet + lemon-lime soda) or "Frozen Jedi Juice" for a screening of Star Wars. To make "Frozen Jedi Juice", partially freeze your favorite flavor of juice or koolaid and serve it "slushy style" from cups embellished with the phrase "May the Freeze be with you."
Turn it Up
Great sound is key when it comes to bringing movie magic home. Sony’s 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Home Theater System with surround sound (currently on sale for $379 at Sam’s Club) will make it feel like the "Clone Wars" are taking place right next to your couch! And for those times when the mood is more "dance party" than "movie night", you can utilize the system’s iPod/iPhone dock to crank up the music instead.
Think outside the popcorn box and serve up clever treats named after elements of the movie, such as "Darth Cheddars" (grilled cheese sandwiches) or "Storm Trooper Sundaes". Make edible "Light Sabers" by dipping pretzel rods in colored candy melts or tinted white chocolate. After the candy has dried, wrap one end of the “light saber” with tin foil to create the “handle”.
We had Forest of Endor Egg Toast, just like this photo except I cut out trees…
Keep it Simple
Don’t let confusing settings and "multiple remote syndrome" throw a frustrating glitch in your movie night…try a universal remote like Logitech’s Harmony 600 Remote ($44.88 at Sam’s Club) to streamline the process so that even the smallest family members can be in the driver’s seat sometimes!
Brand New Stars
Use a home video camera like Canon’s HF R20 HD Camcorder (only $369 at Sam’s Club) to make your own "movie magic" starring the best cast of all – your very own family members! Have little ones do re-enactments of their favorite scenes from the movie you just watched, or capture clips of the kids doing a craft activity or a recipe inspired by the movie. These are the "films" that you’ll love to watch over & over again – long after the movie-of-the-night credits roll!
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