At the end of a long week of work and school, it can be nice to have something planned that is just for your family. Even though spending time with friends and neighbors is fun, it is important to set aside some family time each week to help you all connect and make some nice memories together.

One great way to spend some time together as a family each week is to set aside an evening for a family movie night. You can all set up camp in front of the TV and enjoy a film together. You can even take things to the next level by incorporating some fun elements into your movie night.

Even if you aren’t able to enjoy movie night together as a family every week, you can still plan to do one every so often. The good news is that movie nights aren’t complicated to throw together, even at the last minute.

With that in mind, here are a few things that you should have on hand for when you want to have the ultimate movie night with your family.

1. Snacks

Even though the main event of your family movie night is naturally going to be the film that you watch together, it is a good idea to keep some snacks on hand that can be enjoyed throughout the movie. Things like popcorn and candy are classic movie night snacks, but there are also some healthier options to consider as well if you don’t want to load your kids up on sugar in the evening.

Another great movie night snack to have on hand is some hot chocolate. This is a crowd favorite, especially in the colder months of the year. You can even keep a few chocolate bombs in the pantry for those spontaneous movie nights on chilly winter nights.

2. Pillows and Blankets

When you are planning to have a fun movie night together as a family, you can always opt to get comfy on the couch in your living room. However, if you want to make things a bit more fun, especially for younger children, you should have a few comfy pillows and blankets on hand to set up on the floor. This will allow everyone to have all the space they want to recline and snuggle up for the film.

3. A Meal

On your family movie night, you don’t want to have to spend all evening in the kitchen preparing, cooking, and cleaning up after dinner. Treat yourself as well as the rest of your family to a tasty meal that you have ordered in.

If you don’t have particularly nice options in your area for ordering in on movie night, you can still keep your time in the kitchen at a minimum. Have everyone help out by making their own personal pizzas that can be enjoyed during the film. There are also some other low-maintenance meal ideas that can be whipped up quickly on movie night.