When you have children you find yourself watching a lot more movies at home than in the movie theater. There are a number of very good reasons this is a commonality amongst parents but it doesn't mean you don't miss the event of going to a movie; picking a showtime, buying your ticket, standing in line to get your bag of popcorn and licorice and settling in to your seat in that soon to be dark quite room – as I type that last part I realized it sounds down right luxurious, doesn't it?
Once I accepted the reality that we'd be watching more home movie nights we started putting a little effort into making them a bit more fun. We often invite friends over to watch with us, look for movies that are released online at the same time they're in theaters (believe me it makes a difference when you're able to talk about movies that are still widely considered "new releases") and we've perfected the art of the popcorn bar.
What, you may ask, is a popcorn bar? In our house we make a very large batch of plain popcorn in our whirly pop then divide it up into 2-3 large bowls and give each one it's own flavor we also provide one plain bowl and let people season that one to their liking. This has become such a fun tradition that both adults and kids can enjoy that we've found ourselves doing popcorn bars even when we're not having a movie night.
These are a few of our favorite combinations, just start with 6 cups of popped popcorn and follow the instructions for each: