It’s the ultimate girl’s night out!
Michelle Virtue, with Campus Floral, shares inspiration for throwing a chick
One of my favorite ways to celebrate the season of LOVE is to invite my
sweetest girlfriends over for a movie night! Let’s face it, “chick flicks” are
best appreciated in the company of your closest “chicks.” So, warm up the
popcorn popper and pull out your favorite romantic films, it’s time for a
girls movie night everyone will remember!
1. SURPRISE YOUR GUESTS WITH SOMETHING UNEXPECTED
Design your party around an unexpected color theme. Right now, we’re
crushing on the neons and neutrals combination! Combine brown paper
bags, burlap and craft paper with neon office supplies, cardstock cut-outs,
straws, popcorn, fabric, etc.
-Rent a LCD projector and set up a faux theatre. There are a lot of rental
-Invite guests to come to the party in their most comfy or even crazy PJs.
-Ask your girlfriends to bring their favorite romantic movie. Put them all in
a giant bag and draw
for the evenings entertainment.
-Take a spin on traditional movie treats and present them in an unusual
way with a deluxe popcorn bar and soda mixers.
2. DETAILS MATTER
Use simple templates and free printables to create little touches that add
up to BIG impact.
We love this printable for movie night popcorn bags!
Try these cute moustache straws to top off your specialty drinks or bottled
-Visit your local party store for bright party accessories—including movie
tickets, serving pieces and neon candy!
3. MAKE THE EVENING MEANINGFUL
Guests appreciate a party designed around the personality and life
experiences of the hostess.
Share a romantic tradition and tie it into your party. The night before my
parents were married, their families gathered around the kitchen table and
ended up having a bubble blowing contest. That’s now our pre-wedding
family tradition. We pull out a BIG bag of bubble gum and blow until we
have a uncontested winner.
-Show YOUR favorite romantic comedy from the past year.
-Ask guests to share ideas about how they keep romance alive in their
-Tell a personal story about an old movie—maybe it was your
grandmother’s favorite, or maybe it was the movie you saw on your first
date with your husband.
4. ENJOY YOURSELF
Plan ahead and keep things simple so you can relax and have fun!
Michelle’s Party Popcorn
This recipe is a fun way to incorporate color into a popcorn buffet. It’s
simple and can be made in advance. Try various color combinations and
mix-ins for the holidays. It packages up really cute for favors and gifts.
(Bonus—kids love it, too!)
¼ C butter or margarine
4 T light corn syrup
½ C granulated sugar
1-3.5oz box flavored JELL-O (don NOT use sugar free)
7-9 cups popped popcorn (I like air popped, but microwave works great,
Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place
popcorn in an extra large mixing bowl.
Place corn syrup and butter in a sauce pan on medium heat. Stir until
butter is melted. Add sugar and Jell-o and stir to combine. Increase heat
and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Pour over
popcorn and stir until all the corn is well coated. Spread mixture evenly
onto prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and let cool to room temp. You can then
break the popcorn apart and serve in bags or jars, prepare for gift-giving
OR just dump it in a bowl and eat it all yourself!
Our favorite flavors are raspberry and lime, but pineapple and strawberry
are REALLY lovely, too. The possibilities are endless.