Summer is coming, Covid-19 restrictions are loosening, and we’re ready to get sociable again. What does sociable look like for you?
One of the tried and tested ways to have a great evening in is movie marathons with friends. So if you’re stuck for weekend party ideas, a gripping movie marathon may be the way to go.
But if you expect a group of friends to sit down for hours, you better plan it well. Don’t have guests falling asleep after the first film or getting bored and leaving.
Read on for your quick guide to hosting an epic movie marathon.
1. Pick Your Films
First things first, pick your films. You need to choose more movies than you’d actually plan to watch as the needs of your guests will probably change throughout the night.
The easiest way to do this is to choose your genres of film and pick out three top hits for each category. Then you can let your guests make the big decisions on the night.
2. Buy in the Snacks
Party food and drinks are vital—don’t under-shop. Your guests will want to snack all evening, so make sure you’re prepared.
Shop in the snack, sweet, savory, dessert, and alcohol sections because it’s guaranteed it’ll all get eaten and drunk. If you need some help with this, ask guests to bring a snack or a bottle.
3. Don’t Get Too Attached to the Schedule
Having a movie marathon schedule is great, but when it’s 2 am and you’ve already watched four chick flicks, it may be time for some adjustments.
Be flexible, and if your guests want to switch it up, go for it. An uptight host is uncomfortable for everyone to be around, so go with the flow and enjoy yourself.
4. Invite a Great Crowd
Watching movies with friends is a delight, but only when they’re the right friends. A movie marathon requires dedication, so if one of your friends doesn’t like movies and would rather get drunk, suggest they sit this one out.
If your peer group likes the same kinds of movies, that’s a bonus. If not, make sure they’ll all be able to get on and agree about how the night will go.
5. Set the Scene
There’s nothing worse than six sweaty friends crammed onto the same small bed or couch, trying to watch films all night. You need to have an excellent film-watching setup.
In the dawn of Covid-19, we took things outside. Although we’re happy to be taking things back indoors, outdoor cinemas should be here to stay.
A summer evening, fairy lights, a gazebo, and a big TV are the perfect movie marathon set up. Just make sure your TV antenna works outside first; if you’re not familiar with outdoor TV, you can read about outdoor tv antennas for rural areas online.
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There you have it: the best five tips for hosting awesome movie marathons. If you’re ready to do some planning, buy some snacks, set up an outdoor cinema, and invite your friends, nothing is stopping you.
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