This is all you need for an awesome movie night at home.

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Thank you to G.H. Cretors for sending over a movie night kit to help us write this post. As always, all opinions are our own.

I love going out for movie night, but once you add up the tickets, the concession stand popcorn, the Junior Mints, and probably a meal out somewhere because you won’t want to cook at home… oh and a baby sitter? You’re pretty much handing over your first born (sorry kiddo) for a night out.

Every now and then, sure, but on the regular? Not so much. Which is why I’m a big fan of doing movie night at home. It’s cozy, no one is kicking the back of my seat, and I can wear track pants without feeling too guilty. (Ok, I’m happy to wear track pants anytime, but I try to reserve that fashion statement for the comfort of my own home.)

In the spirit of saving money and rocking your own cinema experience at home, I’m going to share some of my favourite movie night essentials.

Movie Night Essentials

Snacks

Popcorn is the go-to movie snack, but if you’re going to do popcorn, do it up right. I’m a fan of making my own popcorn at home sometimes, but I’ll probably never be able to recreate The Mix from G.H. Cretors. A friend brought a bag of this stuff over for our New Year’s Eve shindig a couple years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since, so when they asked if they could send over a movie night kit for us to check out, I was 100% on board.

While The Mix (cheddar cheese and caramel, seriously!) is my go-to fave for movie night, they have a whole host of flavours available, including:

  • Organic Chile Jalapeño White Cheddar
  • Organic Dill Pickle
  • Just the Cheese
  • Just the Caramel
  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • NEW Organic White Cheddar
  • NEW Organic Honey Butter Kettlecorn
  • NEW Organic Salted Butter

I definitely want to try the jalapeño flavour and the kettlecorn next. If you’re not sure where to find it in your neighbourhood, check out the G.H. Cretors location finder on their website and they’ll hook you up.

Trivia: Popcorn is the official snack of the State of Illinois, where G.H. Cretors is made.

I think I’m going to make it the official snack of my house too. Also, I think popcorn tastes even better when you serve it in your favourite Pyrex bowl. I can’t stand the sound of eating snacks right out of the bag, so grab your prettiest bowl and pour away.

Movies

This might actually be the trickiest part about movie night. What the heck do we watch?? I’m a sucker for watching movies over and over again, but sometimes it’s nice to grab something new. For our next movie night, we’ll be watching Moonlight or Arrival. And I’m equally pumped about both!

If you’re really not sure what to watch, hit up the previews channel on your Apple TV and go to town. Soon you’ll have a never ending list of stuff to watch.

Drinks

My warm weather go-to right now is Georgian Bay Gin Smash. It’s light, citrusy, and refreshing, and when I’m attempting to stay away from wheat, this makes me a happy camper.

If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic drink, however, and it’s summery in your neck of the woods, I’d opt for club soda with lemon or lime. Basically I’m on a citrus kick right now.

Atmosphere

I’m all about fluffy blankets, lots of pillows, slippers, and maybe a face mask. Dim the lights, grab everything you need, and snuggle up for a far less expensive movie night at home. Bonus points if you manage to stay awake for the whole movie and no kids come downstairs.

Sundries

Sad flick? Grab the tissues. A laugh until you cry and snot all over the place flick? Also tissues. Put your phone on airplane mode so no one can bug you, let the dog out so you don’t have to get up, and make sure you have napkins for your popcorn fingers. The Mix is tasty, but please don’t wipe your cheese hands on the couch.

Movie night essentials for a cozy night at home.

A bit about the company behind the popcorn:

G.H. Cretors history dates back to 1893 with Charles Cretors, confectioner and inventor, who unveiled the first popcorn machine at the Chicago World’s Fair. Four decades later, great-great granddaughter Claire Cretors starting popping up what we know today as G.H. Cretors Popped Corn. Their artisanal popcorn is made in Waukegan, Illinois, in small batches using only the highest quality ingredients. It’s also gluten-free which is a huge bonus!

Thank you to G.H. Cretors for sending over a movie night kit to help us write this post. As always, all opinions are our own.

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