Home movie nights have really changed from when I was a kid.
I remember the day my parents bought our very first VCR. The store where they bought it from sent them home with a “You Bought a VCR” button to wear. Crazy!
To get ready for a family home movie night in my childhood home, our entire family would pile into the car and drive to the trailer/video store. Seriously…it was a trailer in the parking lot of a motel. That was the only place where people in our town could find movies to rent. It was totally epic awesome when a video store went into our local plaza.
Family movie night snacks would have been a big bag of chips and a 2 litre bottle of some sort of pop. Nothing fancy, but man did we look forward to those snacks.
Fast forward 30 years and movie nights at our home are awesomeness. We have a near-endless supply of programs and movies to choose from on Netflix. No more car trips to the video store. Instead we flip our way through all the titles until we land on one that everyone can agree on. As for the snacks? Well, I’ve found a fun way to kick those up a notch too. It only takes a few minutes to transform an old cardboard box into a super cool movie theatre snack tray. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to sit on the couch with their own individual serving to movie snacks?
DIY Movie Theatre Snack Tray
cardboard box (cereal box, cracker box)
3 cups (one for popcorn, one for candies and one for a drink)
water (or juice, or whatever you like to drink)
I keep every single cardboard box that enters our house…you should see my basement. So, I happened to find this super cute box, but you could easily use a cereal box or cracker box. The kids could even decorate the box. As long as the box is sturdy, you are good to go. Close up the ends of the box and tape the box closed – so it doesn’t collapse when you put the cups inside.
Next, place the cups on the box. Set them where you want them to be. Trace the bottom of the cups with the marker. If your cups are tapered, you will want to make the circle a little larger than the bottom.
Use the utility knife to cut out the holes for the cups.
Now, it’s time for the fun part. Fill the candy cup with whatever treats your kids like. Here’s a tip – if the cup is very deep, pile in a stack of paper towel in the bottom of the cup. This will create a false bottom in the cup. The kids won’t realize until they dig in!
Scoop in the popcorn – we are stovetop popcorn folks. Choose the popcorn your family loves.
Finally, fill up the drink cup.
Secure all the cups in place and grab a seat on the couch.
Now, with our snacks selected and securely placed on our laps, it’s time to decide what are we going to watch?!
What are you binge watching? Our family is looking forward to a whole bunch of shows that are coming to Netflix in 2018.
We can’t wait for the second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events (March 3rd) and an updated version of the classic Lost in Space is coming soon.
We love a good comedy. The new David Letterman series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction is funny and thoughtful.
The kids are happily awaiting the new Llama Llama Red Pajamas animated series. How will the classic books from author come to life? And, the Trolls: The Beat Goes On is definitely going to be on heavy rotation this year.
What will you be watching in 2018?
DISCLOSURE: I AM PART OF THE NETFLIX STREAM TEAM AND HAVE BEEN COMPENSATED FOR THIS ARTICLE, HOWEVER THE OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.
Add our Trollhunters troll mix fruit salad to the snack tray
These after school snacks would make a great addition too