I used to adore going to our local drive-in movie theater in the summers, laying out blankets, eating popcorn and candy during the double feature, and getting to talk and chatter as much as we wanted because we were in our own little bubble in our car. However, since we’ve had children, and our oldest is only 7, we just don’t get to do it anymore. With the first feature starting at dark, which in the summer is usually around 9 pm, and our little ones’ bed times hovering near 8 pm, it is just something that doesn’t work easily into our schedule. So instead we opt to enjoy Family Movie Nights at home! This way we can bring the drive-in movie feel to us instead of going there and dealing with 4 grumpy kids the next day.We try to have a movie night every couple of weeks; the kids really look forward to it and dare I say Clif and I look forward to it too! They are really so much fun. I usually grab a whole bunch of blankets and pillows and we set them up in our living room with the lights on dim. We typically pick up a movie at our local library or sometimes we just pick something off of Netflix. We usually plan it around dinner so we may have something special like delivery pizza, or we may let the kids decide on the special meal, or sometimes it’s just a smorgasbord of randomness like grilled chicken pieces, a veggie plate with dipping options, or even fondue. We always have popcorn and some candy or other fun snack that I don’t buy often. It just makes the night more fun! To make the night even more special I will often times set up a “Snack Bar.” This just takes our movie nights to a whole new level. The experience of stepping up to a counter and ordering your hotdog, popcorn, candy, and drink is like no other… and it totally gives movie night that drive-in feel. Some fun foods I like to offer in our Snack Bar are single servings of movie theater candies. I like to put them in cute little paper cups that are easy for grabbing and eating during the movie. Plus, this way my kids aren’t eating too much junk! I always offer fruit which can be even more enticing to eat if it is cut into fun shapes and skewered like a kabob. One of my super-duper favorite things to offer is a popcorn bar. You can do any flavors you like but we tend to stick to the basics… caramel, cheese, and buttered popcorn. My “littles” love to create their own mixes! We don’t drink soda in our house so I usually have a juice box or lemonade as a “fun” type drink besides water. I made a fun paper rosette backdrop for our snack bar for this particular Movie Night. It was the perfect pop of color to start off our movie night in a fun way! I always think it is more fun to put your different popcorn flavors into glass jars with little scoops. The glass jars not only showcase the flavors but I think this gives that movie theater/drive-in experience where you can see all that delicious popcorn and get crazy giant eyes thinking that you just might be able to eat every last kernel of it! Plus my kids can scoop up their very own servings and feel like a snack bar worker… every kids dream, right? Well, except for Oliver, he just isn’t there yet, lol! You can find our favorite Caramel Corn recipe here – it is soooo good!!! And to make our movie nights fuss-free we break out the paper plates for a no mess kinda night. I love the Dixie Ultra Moments® plates. Their unique 8-sided plates built with a deep rim, durable construction and Soak Proof Shield® are a must for our family of messy eaters. They’re also strong enough to hold up for any gathering or party. I love how their plates, cups, and napkins all coordinate so nicely too. I was able to coordinate them with my paper rosette wall hanging which totally made my night, holla! Dixie Ultra Moment plates are stylish and strong. Celebrate with Style and Strength™!
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