The Check List: Cozy Movie Night Essentials

Ward off the last of winter's chill with a snuggly movie night in.

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Welcome to The Check List,'s bimonthly roundup of completely fun no-obligation ways to enjoy the country. In a world of endless options, consider this your complete snapshot of must-haves.

Good company? Check. Snacks? Check. Favorite flick? You might need to take a vote! Whatever you decide, be sure to make your evening a blockbuster hit with these move night essentials.

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1 XL Cinema Lightbox
cinema lightbox
Courtesy of My Cinema Lightbox


Aaand action! Make an impression with your guests and tell them exactly what's on the bill. Spell it out with an extra-large cinema lightbox.

2 Whirley Pop Popcorn Maker
whirley pop popcorn maker
Courtesy of Williams Sonoma


A movie night without popcorn is like a unicorn without a horn—pointless! Pop your kernels in a vintage-inspired Whirley Pop that's almost as much fun to make as it is to eat.

3 Apothecary Candy Jar Set
candy buffet jar
Courtesy of Pottery Barn


Don't let crumpling plastic be the soundtrack to your movie. Pour your sweets into a few containers, like these whimsical pieces modeled after apothecary jars.

4 Faux Fur Throw
feather faux fur throw
Courtesy of Nordstrom


Be the hostess with the mostest and hand blankets out to everyone in attendance. Pick a super lush throw—but don't be surprised if you hear some Zzz's before the credits roll.

5 Suede Slippers
land's end suede slippers
Courtesy of Land's End


The best part about movie night is getting to wear your most comfortable clothes. Slip your feet into something warm and fuzzy with these customizable suede slippers from Land's End.

6 Popcorn Bowl with Kernel Sifter
popcorn bowl
Courtesy of Uncommon Goods


Share the golden buttery wealth (but none of those pesky kernels) with this smart sifter-and- bowl com0. All of the un-popped pieces will fall through the colander base, leaving just the good stuff.

7 Fairy String Lights
fairy string lights
Courtesy of Wayfair


While you can always use candles for a night in, turn your living room into a theater and set the stage with string lights. Keep them on during the movie to guide your path back to the pantry for snacks!

8 Knit Pillow
ivory knit pillow
Courtesy of CB2


Made with super soft cotton jersey, this pillow is like throwing a warm sweater over your sofa. Tune into your movie of choice, kick back, and sink in.

9 Ceramic Chinese Take Out Bowl
take out bowl
Courtesy of CB2


On movie night, no one’s asking you to cook—but that doesn’t mean delivery needs to be paper boxes and greasy bags! Transfer your take out to ceramic serving bowls and dig in.

10 TCM Wine Club
tcm wine club
Courtesy of TCM


Picking a movie can be hard, but choosing the perfect wine doesn't have to be! Whether its a bright California Zinfandel with The Seven Year Itch, or a smooth Merlot with Mulholland Drive, the TCM Wine Club pairs classic films with some very good vino.

11 Embroidered Star Sweater
star sweater
J Crew


Put on your Hollywood best with this classic sweater, updated with embroidered stars.

12 Velvet Chaise Dog Bed
velvet chaise dog bed
Courtesy of Overstock


While you can't give them any popcorn, you can give your best friend a front row seat to the action! Like the movie palaces of old, your furry family member can snuggle up in red velvet luxury.

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