How to Have the Ultimate Holiday Movie Night

The month of December means several things – family reunions, winter treats like peppermint and eggnog, and holiday traditions. One of our favorite traditions during the winter is hosting a holiday movie night with our family members and neighbors.

Keep in mind, there’s so much more to movie night than just picking a good holiday movie – so we’ve put together this list of tips and ideas to ensure you’ll have THE holiday movie night of the season!

Choose the Movie

While it’s not the only important factor, picking the right movie for your crowd is a delicate art. Do you go with a classic film that tugs at the heart strings and appeals to an audience of all ages? Or do you go with an animated flick the little ones will love giving the adults time to snack and schmooze?

Celebrations.com has cut your work in half by putting together a definitive list of the top 10 Christmas movies of all time – are your favorites in the list? If not, let us know in the comments what movie YOU would add or get rid of!

“Deck the Halls”

Decorate in loud, vibrant colors that will entice both the young and the young at heart. Get inspired with these holiday and Christmas decorating ideas from Celebrations.com – from DIY ideas to color inspiration, you’ll find the tools you need to take your event to the next level.

Alternatively, you can keep it simple by adding subtle, sporadic elements inspired by the chosen movie. Playing a movie with Santa or Rudolf? Whip up a simple DIY Reindeer Wreath like the one pictured above!

Celebrate With Snacks

Keep your guests fueled for the night’s antics with the age-old movie night snack pairing: popcorn. Of course, you know just where to turn to for your movie night popcorn needs!

If it’s just family, grab a few popcorn scoopers and place your favorite popcorn tin in the center for all to enjoy. If your movie night has been extended to include friends and neighbors, serve them in fun ways such as in cocktail glasses or cellophane bags with a fun tag attached!

Poppin’ Fun With Activities

How can you take your holiday movie night above and beyond? With activities paired with your movie pick! We love this roundup of 12 family activities paired with classic Christmas flicks from Celebrations.com. Will you play pranks like Kevin McCallister or celebrate Ralphie Parker’s infamous bunny suit by snacking out of bunny cups? The possibilities are endless!

What elements will you incorporate into your holiday movie night? Let us know in the comments!

The Perfect Pairing For Your Holiday Sweets

Take your Christmas desserts setup to the next level by serving them with the “coolest” sip around: Snow Cold DIY Milk Bottle Snowmen!

  This quick craft will add a festive touch to any food or drink display – make these in the beginning of December and use them all season long! Now it’s time to chill out (pun intended) and eat some sweet treats! Get the full idea at Celebrations.com Looking for some festive sweet treats? Check out some of our favorites!

Fancy Decorated Snowflake Cookies

Gingerbread Man Cookies

Garland Snowman Cookies

Cheryl’s Buttercream Frosted Christmas Cookies

Add Some POP to Your Thanksgiving With This DIY Turkey Leg Craft for Kids

It’s not Thanksgiving without a savory gobbler showcased at the table! While the adults are having their own fun, set up a crafting table for the kids to “carve” their own turkey with this creative DIY Turkey Leg craft idea! Wait until you see the poppin’ surprise that awaits once the turkey legs are torn open.


Alternatively, children can make these while the Thanksgiving meal prep is going on for use as place cards at the table. Fill them up with your favorite popcorn flavor and wait for the fun to pop! Get the entire how-to at Celebrations.com.

Halloween Crafts for Kids: DIY Popcorn Witch Hands

halloween-crafts-for-kids-diy-popcorn-witch-hands-1Brew up some magic this season with creepy and cool Halloween crafts for kids! Using just plastic gloves (unpowdered), candy corn, and spider rings, we turned our original butter popcorn into a deliciously wicked Halloween snack – a craft that can be recreated by ghouls and goblins of all ages!

This DIY popcorn witch hands idea is perfect for family night, for festive classroom fun, or for a fun (and delicious) children’s Halloween party activity. You can even tie a nametag and use them as place cards or party favors – how bewitching!

Party planning tip: if you’re planning on turning this poppin’ Halloween craft into a children’s Halloween party activity, it is recommended that you first prepare a separate crafting area. Line the table with newspaper or disposable table cloth and provide several small bowls filled with scoopers and popcorn for less mess and more fun!

Supplies for DIY Popcorn Witch Hands

Popcorn
Plastic gloves (unpowdered)
Candy corn
Spider rings
Twist ties or ribbon

Directions for DIY Popcorn Witch Hands

halloween-crafts-for-kids-diy-popcorn-witch-handsFirst, slide 1 candy corn piece into each finger slot for the nails. Then, add your popcorn, leaving some room at the ends. Use a twist tie or ribbon to seal the ends.

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Slide a spider finger onto your witch’s hand and bubble, bubble toil and trouble – you’ve got a tasty Halloween treat that’s fun to eat!

Salted Caramel Apple Popcorn Bars

Fall time brings some of our favorite things – changing leaves, a fresh chill in the air, and tons and tons of caramel apple flavored everything (yes, that includes caramel apple popcorn!).

The sweet treat geniuses over Celebrations.com turned the fall favorite caramel apple popcorn into deliciously decadent Salted Caramel Apple Popcorn Bars using just some creativity and a few key ingredients. Cancel your weekend plans, you’ll want to whip these beauties up!

Poppin’ Halloween Party Ideas

Looking for some inspiration for your Halloween party? Our friends at Celebrations.com recently threw a Spooktacular bash and we brought the spooky snacks!

Their party consisted of several simple yet show-stopping DIY elements like a Smoky Witches Brew, DIY Witch Broom Cocktail Stirrers, fun, candy-filled games and more! Be sure to check out their party and get inspired to throw your own spooky shindig.

Colorful Crafts for Kids: DIY Popcorn Tree for Fall

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From the delicious flavors of fall to the vibrant colors of the season, there are so many reasons to celebrate! This year, add some poppin’ fun to the season with some kid-friendly crafts the whole family can enjoy.

Using just paper, marker, and glue, we turned a handful of popcorn into fun and festive trees that help your child learn about the changing colors of the season as well as develop certain motor and creative skills.

For this craft, we used the 3 popular favors – butter, cheese, caramel – that come in most of our popcorn tins, as well as a handful of our flavor-packed cinnamon popcorn.

crafts-for-kids-diy-fall-popcorn-tree-suppliesSupplies for Fall Popcorn Tree Craft

Popcorn in fall colors (our 3-flavor tins come with brown, yellow, and orange)
1 sheet light-colored construction paper
Brown marker
Glue

Directions for Fall Popcorn Tree Craft

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First, take your brown marker and draw a tree with multiple branches.

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Once your tree has been drawn, use the glue to attach several pieces of popcorn to the tree.

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Let dry, and now your poppin’ masterpiece is ready to show off!

Tailgating Punch Recipe: Bourbon Ginger Bliss

Looking for the perfect spiked fall sip to pair with your favorite sports tin for your next tailgate party? Taking inspiration from some of the season’s most favorite flavors, this Bourbon Ginger Tailgating Punch is sure to be a hit at your next football bash!






Head on over to Celebrations.com for the full recipe!

Fall in Love with These Fall Popcorn Flavors

What is your favorite part about fall? Is it the unmatched beauty of the autumn leaves that change from green to vibrant shades of yellows and oranges? Or perhaps it’s the cool and calm breeze, perfect for strolling through the park.

For us, it’s the blend of unique flavors and fragrances that fill the air with autumn fever. We’ve taken some of our favorite fall flavors and blended them into savory, must-try popcorn flavors for fall that are sure to tickle the senses – here are some of our favorites!

Introducing…our NEW Fall Popcorn Flavors

fall-popcorn-flavors-sage-brown-butter-crunchPumpkin Caramel Praline Crunch

Irresistibly sweet caramel corn mixed with pecans and blended with a hint of pumpkin spice yields a flavor combination that’ll make your taste buds tingle! Packed with the flavors of fall, this is one variety you’ll have to experience for yourself to believe.


fall-popcorn-flavors-pumpkin-caramel-praline-crunchSage Brown Butter Crunch

In March 2014, the lucky winner of our “What’s Your Flavor” contest had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turn her winning flavor into a real, flavor-packed popcorn blend. Now, you too can experience the unique blend of flavors and herbs in her winning finished product. Introducing: Sage Brown Butter Crunch popcorn!

Classic Favorites Fall Popcorn Flavors

fall-popcorn-flavors-caramel-appleCaramel Apple

There’s nothing quite as classically delicious as a mouth-watering slice of apple pie. Now, your favorite dessert can be enjoyed in snack form with our Caramel Apple popcorn! Crisp apple pieces blended with sweet caramel corn yields a popcorn combination none will be able to resist.

 

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S’mores Corn

More, more, we want more s’mores! If this anthem sounds familiar, you’ll love our fall favorite S’mores popcorn; our irresistible secret-recipe Caramel popcorn, covered in decadent chocolate and tossed with marshmallow cream and real graham crackers…all that flavor without the campfire!