Movie Night: February {Affordable Events}

Saturday, March 1, 2014
This month's affordable event is black history month themed.  A few weeks ago a friend sent me 100 Must-See African-American films. I decided after reviewing the list that a movie night was in order!!! Movie nights are great (affordable) events to have that you can customize for just about any occasion. Take a look...

Day at the Apollo Theater (Black History Movie Night)


Venue:  my house 
Date: Anytime
Total Cost: $30 - $50 (depending on number of guest)
chickpeas ($.88+/can)
Popcorn ($1.25)
Household seasonings and olive oil
Sweet potatoes ($.99/lb)
Mixed nuts ($6)
Fresh fruit ($9+)
Bread ($1.50)
Peanut butter ($2)
Pita Chips ($2.50)
Hummus ($3)
Drinks ($10+)
Whatever other snack foods you want ($$)
Netflix or RedBox

Our black history movie night was a marathon of fun! It started mid-day so we could watch a few films and have time to talk and discuss in between! I made cinnamon + sugar roasted chickpeas and homemade sweet potato chips because I had the ingredients in my pantry. You can serve whatever snack foods float your boat! Throw in a few Izze drinks and some girl scout cookies and it's officially a party! 

The most important thing about movie night is the film selection and comfort of your guests. We made sure to have a large selection and let our guests vote on which films they wanted to watch. We also made sure we had plenty of blankets and pillows on hand (and one comfy couch).

As an added touch and to make sure my hardwoods didn’t end up with food stains or cup rings, I made my guest their own black history themed placemats. Some had quotes; others had black iconic figures. It was a simple DIY laminated placemat and a great party favor. I have 2 extras (see photos) that I will give away. Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win!

pillows and blankets

white lights for decor
quick & easy lighting
 double sided cards

finger snack foods + cookies
cinnamon sugar chickpeas

almonds, m&ms, walnuts

sweet potato chips

wheat pita chips with hummus

peanut butter toast topped with fruit
fruit toast (with peanut butter)

DIY placemats laminated
DIY placemat 1 (front & back)
DIY placemat 2 (front & back)

placemat laminated photo

*I had an increasing number of questions for planning ideas and events for the budget savvy. I thought why not start a reoccurring feature of budget and bargain friendly parties, soirees, and more. Our Affordable Events series is design on a dime the Cordier Events way! We welcome comments, feedback, and your personal ideas or party creations.

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