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Hosting a Hollywood-Style At-Home Movie Night

By June 8, 2022 Catering, Events

There’s something so captivating about the silver screen. The over-the-top presentations, the lavish after parties and the level of glam that shows up on the red carpet is out of this world. For decades, we’ve been mesmerized by famous actors, blockbuster movies and all the things that go along with this lifestyle, which may have prompted you to want to host an A-List soiree as well. If you’re looking to plan the perfect posh movie night at your home, there are plenty of ways to make the evening one for the books. From the décor to the menu, you’ll find that no matter what movie you plan to present, whether it’s a newly released blockbuster or a timeless classic, setting the scene is key. When it comes to hosting a Hollywood-style at-home movie night, don’t forget to include these important details.

Lights, Camera, Action!

When you wish to host an at-home movie night affair, don’t be afraid to go all out. Put your home theater to fantastic use with ambient lighting to set the tone, a photo booth to capture the moment and plenty of Hollywood-esque décor to really optimize your event. Maybe you’re planning on showing an early Hollywood classic. Opting for black and white portraits throughout the space, while 20s jazz music floats through the air can create the moment you desire. If you’re presenting a cult classic, like a James Bond film, incorporating the theme of the film into the evening can really get your guests excited. For example, a casino theme for Casino Royale or a space theme for Moonraker. Getting your guests excited for the film can be accomplished easily by a few pieces of impactful décor.

Pop the Bubbly

No Hollywood-style event is complete without a signature drink and of course, some bubbles. The fun part about hosting a movie night is that you have so many possibilities when it comes to your drink menu. For instance, a French 75 cocktail for a showing of Casablanca or a Mint Julep for The Great Gatsby. Really immerse your guests in the overall experience of the film you’re showing, and what better way than with a cocktail? Of course, champagne always has a place in Hollywood and in your movie night, so keep the bubbles flowing and the atmosphere exciting.

A Light Dinner to Set the Mood

Before the main event commences, we recommend serving a selection of hors d’oeuvres or a light dinner to get your guests ready for the film. Some of our top picks include:

  • Sweet & Spicy Ahi Tuna Poke Cones
  • Seared Diver Scallop Ceviche
  • Goat Cheese Mousse Tarts
  • Sliced Beef Tenderloin Toast

Don’t Forget the Snacks

A movie isn’t nearly as enjoyable without a few signature snacks. We recommend partnering with a caterer who can take signature movie snacks and revitalize them into something more delectable. Our favorites include:

Having a nice blend of sweet and salty treats makes for the ultimate experience for your movie night at home. Don’t be afraid to put a creative spin on a classic. Working with a caterer can help you achieve the menu you’re envisioning for your soiree.

A Box Office Success

Movies have occupied a prominent spot in our lives for decades, and whether you’re seeking to transport your guests back in time to Old Hollywood or enjoy a new release, creating the perfect event is easy with these tips. Remember, having a dedicated team on your side to help you plan this event is always advised. Together, you’ll be able to design a blockbuster menu, along with dazzling décor to have your guests requesting an encore before you know it.


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