It is decided. You want to throw the most exciting movie marathon ever held—a watch party to rule them all. Watching an entire series or selection of movies one after another is a great way to spend a weekend—particularly if you are surrounded by an entourage of close friends. But how do you differentiate a movie marathon from other kinds of parties?
You must present your event in a lighthearted and exciting way. Select specific people you want to invite so you can balance watching the movie and talking. When the party’s over, your friends will be left thinking: “The force was strong with this one.”
Pick Great Movies
Having a specific theme for your movie night is a great way to entice your friends into coming. Pick out a series of movies that people love—with quotable moments and memes aplenty. This will give your guests a better idea as to how their time will be spent and can get them hyped before the party has started.
Some of the most popular movie collections are Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, MCU, and Pixar. But you don’t have to limit yourself to these. If you and your friends love a specific movie and want to spend time watching it together, make it happen!
Decorate the Room
Once you have selected the series you would like to watch, it is time that you get the setting in order. Some people love to decorate their room according to the movie they have picked to make their watch party truly immersive. Others decide to transform their home into a miniature movie theater for maximum viewing pleasure.
There are several cost-effective ways you can dress your room up like you’re watching it on the big screen. Using dimmed lights can give your room ambient lighting, which is perfect when watching a movie. You can also use arrange couches in ways that allow as many people as possible to see the screen.
Offer Good Food
No party is complete without amazing food, and your movie marathon should be no exception! The problem with eating at a watch party is that people don’t want to pause the movie to get the grub. Because of this, you should provide food people can snack on while watching.
Popcorn is a tried-and-true staple of the movie experience—and it’s cheap to boot. You can use toothpicks to make foods less messy. This can help with clean-up once the party is over. If you want to continue with an immersive experience, look up dishes you can serve that relate to the movie series you chose to watch.
Ask Guests to Bring Food
However, it’s a lot of work to provide all of that food yourself! In these cases, it is probably smart to ask your guests to bring a small dish or snack item for the party. Inviting with this request is an especially polite way to do this.
There can be fun ways to do this too! To go along with the theming of your own dishes and decorations, you can ask them to bring something that reminds them of the movie to which your party is themed. If everybody pitches in your job as party host will get a whole lot easier!
Have you ever tried to sit on a hard, wood chair for an entire movie? It isn’t comfortable. If you want your movie guests to have a high-quality experience, you better make sure they have a comfortable place to sit and lounge. This can be tricky if you don’t have a lot of space in your apartment or movie room.
In this case, ask them to bring their own pillows and blankets so you don’t have to supply them with everything. If it’s an overnight party, ask them to bring comfy pajamas or gym clothes. When your guests are cozy, you are doing your job right.
Invite the Right People
If you plan on watching movies for the entire weekend, you have to make sure you invite the right people. Some guests might take their watch parties seriously, and don’t want to waste time explaining everything to guests who are generally uninterested in the franchise you will be watching.
For this reason, you should be more selective as to who you choose to invite. Picking the “right” people doesn’t mean you can’t invite franchise “noobs” to your party, but it does mean they have to have the right attitude. For veterans of the film, they might take joy in watching a first-time reaction to the story.
Make a Schedule
This might sound a little weird, but it can be very helpful to schedule out approximately when each movie will start. Most people won’t be able to attend the entire weekend of movies you have planned. But with this information, they might be able to view a couple before heading back to their normal responsibilities.
Making an unofficial schedule can also help you plan out meal times better, instead of needing to come up with the ideas as the movie is running. It is always better to be prepared for longer parties like this. Schedules also help the movie selection go as smoothly as possible—meaning more movie watching time and less debating.
Use Reliable Technology
Speaking of movie selection, nothing is more annoying than a technological mishap keeping your watch party from happening. You must make sure that every element of your party is in place, and that includes the streaming service you are using.
Test everything before the night of the party to make sure you don’t have any hiccups as the party starts. Your audio should be stellar, the presentation perfect, and your wi-fi stable. Once you have tested these out, you can take comfort knowing that your party is set up for success. On a side note, you may want to use a projector to capture that movie theater feel.
Using some of these techniques, your movie night will be the best in the land. Your friends will be able to bond over a movie that is special to them, and it will be because of you. Give your group star treatment until the last credits roll.
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The right viewing party? Sit at home alone and enjoy the movie in silence. Hahahahaha.