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Movie night party

Things have been a bit chaotic here with my mom in from out of town, a big event at work last week, planning a pancake breakfast for my son’s high school music boosters program tomorrow and preparing for other various family activities this weekend.

But I didn’t want to miss out on showing you the set-up I did the other night for our Academy Awards viewing. I borrowed inspiration (and a few supplies) from the big party I threw last week at work.

Movie Night Party

These decorations could work for any Hollywood movie night theme you host in your house. Whether you are planning a home screening of a new video out on DVD, a movie themed shower or birthday party or an awards night, this decor will wow your guests. (And it is oh so simple – and inexpensive!)

On the table, I started out with a simple red table cloth topped with a black length of silk fabric down the middle.

Movie Night Party

I added a party movie reel (I found this one at the local party store but you can buy these online) and two plastic popcorn boxes (from the dollar store) on small white pedestals – these are actually candle holders, but I use them all the time for various foods and decor for table settings.

Think out of the box when choosing things from around your home for a party!

Movie Night Party

I placed silver balloon weights in from the dollar store into the small popcorn buckets and in the center of the film roll.

Movie Night Party

This movie light lantern that I hung from the chandelier was actually part of a party garland I’ve had in my party supplies for many years but the garland itself is pretty shabby looking – so I just took one of the lanterns off the garland and used it alone.

Simply add a couple of movie clapboards from the party store and candles for a nice evening glow.

(By the way, guacamole & chips are a great snack to serve for movie night! Here’s my recipe.)

Movie Night Party

I just love picking things up for my table when I am out thrifting – this vintage coca-cola tray finally came in handy with clear dollar store plates stacked up in it.

So fun to see the graphics on the tray peeking through the glass plates!

Movie Night Party

I placed one of my popcorn bucket centerpieces from last week’s party on my china cabinet.

Movie Night Party

The large bucket looks great lifted up onto a cake pedestal. Again – don’t be afraid to re-purpose your favorite items from around the house to incorporate into your tablescapes.

Movie Night PartyI bought the popcorn buckets, paper shred and raffle tickets all at the dollar store.

Movie Night PartyAnd again just added a few items purchased at the party supply store.

Popcorn box movie night centerpieces

Fill the large popcorn bucket with crumpled butcher paper, tissue paper or even newspaper.

Popcorn box movie night centerpieces

Add the white paper shred on top to completely cover the butcher paper.

Popcorn box movie night centerpiecesThen perch the clapboard at an angle into the shred. You may have to play with it a bit to get it to stay in place.

Popcorn box movie night centerpieces

Tear the raffle tickets into twelve single strips of four to six tickets.

Popcorn box movie night centerpieces

Place six strips each into the two small popcorn buckets, alternating colors as you go. Three of each color.

Popcorn box movie night centerpieces

It’s fine if this is done sort of haphazardly – that’s the look you are going for!

Popcorn box movie night centerpieces

And finally, because popcorn and candy go hand in hand at the movies. I borrowed these great usher trays and hats that my mom made for the party last week. 🙂

Movie Night Party Concessions

I bought the hat forms, velvet-like fabric and gold trim at the costume supply outlet and the gold buttons at the fabric store.

Usherette Hats

She cut out a square of fabric and adhered it to the inside of the hat form with hot glue,

Usherette Hats

glued (with hot glue again) a wider band of gold trim to the outside bottom edge of the hat,

Usherette Hats

and sewed a gold button to it for an accent, then attached thin gold elastic trim to the inside (with needle and thread) for a chin strap.

Usherette Hats

The usher trays were made using banker box lids, black wrapping paper and wide red ribbon.

DIY Concession Trays

Cover the lids with black paper – you could also use butcher paper. Attach with hot glue or craft glue.

DIY Concession Trays

Trim the inside edges of the lid with the ribbon.

DIY Concession Trays

Then glue on the ribbon “strap”. Cut one length of ribbon and attach each end to the bottom of the “tray”(on the short sides) about 5” from the corner.

Mom got fancy with these and threaded the ribbon through the box lid sides before she covered the lid with paper. She cut a slit in the paper to thread the ribbon through.

DIY Concession Trays

I was hoping that my boys would dress up all in black and don the usher costumes so that they could serve the adults our snacks. But alas – here they stayed all evening on the chairs.

Movie Night Party Concessions

I still think they are adorable  – even sitting on a chair!

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