Before friends head home for the holidays, get the gang together for a laid-back movie night. The final months of the year can be chaotic, so keep it casual — with a good movie, good food and good company. Check out this holiday movie party guide for tips, brought to you by Evite in partnership with Heineken.

Holiday Movie Night

Holiday Movie Night

Holiday Movie Night

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Holiday Movie Night: Set out the Essentials

Make sure you have all the necessities for setting up a home theater: a big-screen TV, plenty of seating and substantial speakers.

Holiday Movie Night

Holiday Movie Night

Make a basic backdrop for your food and drinks table using supplies you’re already likely to have on hand. Cover a blank wall with wrapping paper, then cut out colored paper to create a simple flag garland.

Holiday Movie Night

Your wrapping paper wall can also double as a photo booth backdrop. For a fun activity, encourage guests to strike a pose and snap a selfie.

Holiday Movie Night

Holiday Movie Night: Serve up Some Snacks 

No movie marathon is complete without munchies. Prepare a simple spread of cheese and crackers for guests to snack on while they watch. Include a hard cheese (such as manchego), a soft cheese (such as goat cheese) and a blue cheese so there’s something for everyone, as well as sliced salami or some prosciutto. Set out bowls of popcorn, mixed nuts and chocolates for guest to get their sweet-and-salty fix.

Holiday Movie Night

Holiday Movie Night

Stock up on all the staples like bottled water, sodas and beer (red-and-green Heineken bottles lend instant holiday spirit), then fill a drinks tub with ice to keep drinks cool. Add some holiday cheer to your bottles of beer by making these super simple DIY sock koozies — they’ll help protect your hands from the frosty glass and keep the brewskies cold.

Holiday Movie Night

Holiday Movie Night: Get Your Gift On 

In the spirit of the season of giving, prep favor bags for your friends to take home. Fill them with a selection of snacks, like mini popcorn bags or chocolates — guests can break them out while watching the movie or save them for later.

Holiday Movie Night

Let the gang know you’re hosting your own holiday movie night by sending out the free Holiday Celebration EVITE invitation, the free Eat, Drink & Be Merry EVITE invitation, or another one of our Holiday Party invitations.

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