We’re in the process of renovating our basement and turning it into our Little Man Cave for my 3 year old son. One of our favourite activities to do together is snuggling on the couch and watching family movies. He’s really into all things Disney right now and I’m pretty sure that I have Cars, Cars 2, Monsters Inc., Monsters University and Planes memorized. When updating our basement, I knew our home theatre area could use an update so I started gathering home theatre ideas.
Home Theatre Ideas:
As much as I’d love a projector, large screen and theatre style seating, that’s not practical for our Little Man Cave. We want a cozy area to sit together with plenty of options for watching movies. We started by ordering a bracket to hang the TV on the wall, a speaker bar for better sound and a Google Chromecast for casting movies from the iPad to the TV.
I will admit that before this, I really didn’t know anything about streaming media devices. Before now, we had a little DVD collection but the DVDs would often get worn out. With the Chromecast, we can use Netflix from the laptop and cast movies to the TV. This saves on the expense of buying and replacing our DVDs. We’re enjoying searching through Netflix and selecting movies and TV programs that we want to watch together. I love that we each can have our own profile so my husband and I can both separately flag movies that we want to watch later – we have totally different tastes in movies!
The Google Chromecast is so easy to use. Trust me, I’m not a technical person at all so if I can set this up then you can too! It easily plugs right into your TV and then you can cast programs from your iPad or laptop right onto your TV. So simple & convenient!
Some other ideas we have for our Little Man Cave home theatre include:
- a new couch complete with cup holders & storage to hold our movie night snacks
- a mini fridge downstairs in the storage room filled with cold drinks
- a storage bench for blankets and pillows
- I know my husband would love this – a theatre style popcorn maker!
With the weather getting colder and the holiday season just around the corner, we’ve started to make a list of the holiday movies we want to watch together. Our home theatre area includes a fireplace so it’s the perfect place to relax on cold winter days.
One of my favourite holiday movies that is also family-friendly is Elf with Will Ferrel. I’ve watched this movie so many times already and I still laugh every time. I know my son will love it too!
Family Holiday Movies:
Looking for a few family-friendly movies to enjoy this holiday season? Here are a few of my favourites that I look forward to watching with my son this year:
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins (not a Christmas movie but there’s snow in it so it still counts, right?)
Girls Night Holiday Movies:
Looking for a night of holiday movies with your best girlfriends and platters of holiday baking? Here are a few of my favourites:
- The Holiday
- Four Christmases
- Love Actually
- The Family Man
What movies would you add to these lists? My husband wanted to add National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation to the list. I know my parents would vote for that too because they’re always quoting lines from the movie. I’m sure I’m watched it before but I can’t really remember it. My husband has already made me promise to watch it with him before Christmas.
I know I’m missing a few classics here but I haven’t watched them yet. We have some catching up to do on our holiday movies!
I’m excited to be a part of the #StreamInto2015 with campaign with Staples Canada. As promised last month, I’d be announcing my favourite holiday movie here and then giving you a chance to win your own Google Chromecast so you can enjoy movie night with your family.
Ready for my favorite: Elf! Probably no surprise but it’s going to take a pretty great movie to top this one for me!
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97 thoughts on “Updating Our Home Theatre”
Awesome! And PS – we are watching ELF this weekend. Can’t wait 🙂
A Christmas Story is my favorite. I also like A Christmas Carol with AListair Sims. Its an oldie but a goodie. 🙂
We always watch A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation. We love Elf too!
Oh yes, A Christmas Story is such an adorable movie!
Miracle on 34th Street with Natalie Wood, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Christmas Box, If you believe, Scrooge are a few of my favorites
Great suggestions, Susan! I haven’t watched any of those yet but they are now on my list!
We too will be working on our Movie Room soon. We had one in our old house and miss it terribly!
We love Elf too!!! Another one of my favorites is Frosty the Snowman!
The Santa Clause 🙂
My favourite holiday movie is White Christmas.
My favourite holiday movie is The Polar Express 🙂
How the Grinch stole Christmas with jim carrey
my favourite holiday movie is elf
Definitely elf! “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”
I love Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
My favorite is A Chrismtas Story
Elf with will Ferrell in it
I love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!
It’s a very funny, very old movie done about the song, “On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…..”
The Christmas Story is by far my families favorite movie to watch, but over the season we will watch a lot 🙂
The Christmas Carol in original black and white.
Definitely A Christmas Story…it always makes me laugh
A Christmas Story is my favorite
I love the Charlie Brown Christmas movies
I would love to try this. What a great prize.
I watch A Christmas Story every year.
ELF is my fav Holiday movie!
My brother Ralph coaxed me into watching – “One Magic Christmas” – tear jerker – but Christmas message well received – love those we are blessed with – they are on loan. Performances by Mary Steenburgen as Ginny Grainger and Harry Dean Stanton as Gideon – best acting that I’ve ever seen. Beautiful movie – well worth watching this holiday season – Viewer Approved.
The Santa Claus with Tim Allen in it 🙂
My favourite holiday movie is White Christmas.
“A Christmas Story” is my favorite. It reminds me so much of my family lol
I love Christmas vacation and Home Alone!
we just watched elf last night, still makes me laugh.
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Jingle all the way is the best!
My favourite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story.
My favourite holiday movie is The Polar Express
It has got to be the original Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
The Christmas Box and Miracle on 34th Street!
My favorite is Elf or The Santa Clause
I love home alone ! Closely followed by Elf 🙂
A Christmas Story is my favourite.
I like it most since it can connect it to an audio device/receiver and stream Spotify or Pandora continuously without turning on the TV- this is a very good feature!
My fav holiday movie is Elf
A Christmas Story..when the kid gets stuck to the sign post
Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer is a movie I enjoy at Christmas.
Rudolph…the original one…the one with all the bad graphics that I remember watching in the 70’s as a kid!
My favorite holiday movie is free birds! I know it’s not Christmas and it’s a thanksgiving movie but hey, it’s the holiday!
I love Garfield’s Christmas, I watch it over and over every year.
Every year I watched It’s a Wonderful Life with my Dad.Started when I was 3.Wonderful memory now he is gone.
My favorite is Frosty the snowman! It’s a classic but a great one!
My favorite Holiday movie has to be Elf. My whole family loves and we crack up everytime that we see it. It’s soo funny!
Elf is my favourite holiday movie.
Elf is our favorite!
A Charlie Brown Christmas
You can’t go wrong with Lampoon’s Christmas 🙂 Aand the original Grinch,and Charlie Brown Christmas! lol!
we like The Grinch who stole Christmas
In terms of a classic I love White Christmas! Santa Paws is always really cute!
Elf is a favourite!
I love Miracle on 34th Street.
Our family loves the movie It’s a Wonderful life! We watch it every year.
I like Frosty the Snowman.
“Miracle on 34th Street” to me is a timeless and poignant Xmas film.
I love Elf the most.
Our traditional christmas movie – its a wonderful life.
My favorite holiday movie is The Flinstones Christmas
I have 2 favorite holiday movies. A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim and Miracle on 34th Street with Maureen O’Hara .
Hands down. Elf!
I love Polar Express!
Favourite holiday movie … Elf
The Christmas Story is the holiday movie I see every year.
My favorite holiday movie is The Santa Clause with Tim Allen.
We love the Polar express
the one and only GRINCH
My favourite holiday movie is Elf.
Our fav is Frosty the snowman!
White Christmas is my favorite movie.
I love Annie
My favorite is A Christmas Story
I LOve Home Alone
ELF is the best!
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.. the best ever!!
Its a Wonderful Life is still my favorite.
I like Home Alone