Retro Night – getting the family together over a classic DVD

We’re lucky to live close to hubby’s family – his parents live a couple of miles away from us and go to the same church.  Whilst this means we see each other at least once a week, we don’t necessarily spend a lot of focused family time together.   A couple of weeks ago my father-in-law dislocated his knee which has left him unable to get out and about very easily and so we arranged to come over and have a film night together.

Getting together as a family to enjoy popcorn, retro sweets and a classic film as part of Sunrise Senior Living's Retro Night campaign

I was sent a kit for our movie night courtesy of the Sunrise care home in Banstead as part of their ‘Retro Night’ campaign.  This campaign aims to get the different generations to socialise together and movie nights are a regular occurrence at Sunrise care homes with residents’ families being encouraged to attend.  The kit for our movie night included a DVD, some retro sweets and popcorn and we bought some extra snacks for the evening too.

Jessica enjoying the popcorn during our family film evening

A DVD night is a great way to get the family together. After all, who doesn’t like curling up on the sofa with a big bag of popcorn (especially when it’s caramel and sea-salt flavoured!) to watch an old and well-loved classic film.

“The Wizard of Oz” was our film of choice – a classic family favourite and one which I thought the girls might enjoy.    Jessica found the scenes with the Wicked Witch of the West too scary and we had a couple of moments where she hid behind the sofa.  She did like Dorothy and Toto, the Munchkins and the “beautiful princess” (Glinda) though. Sophie didn’t seem bothered at all by the witch – to be honest the popcorn and sweets were much more interesting than the film as far as she was concerned!  The retro sweet bags we were sent had a fabulous assortment including Love Hearts, Parma Violets, Drumstick lollies, Fizzers and popping candy.  It was the first time Sophie had tried popping candy and she was quite fascinated by it!

The classic scene "Over the Rainbow" in The Wizard of Oz

For the adults, it was nice to head over the rainbow and into a wave of pure nostalgia – watching a film that we all loved but hadn’t seen for a very long time.  There were bits of it that we’d all forgotten about as well as all the well-remembered scenes.  We all had moments of singing along with the songs which the children weren’t so impressed by!

Three generations together enjoying a family film night

We had a lovely evening and all of us felt that it was something we’d like to do again at some point.  There are lots of other classic films that we’d like to introduce the girls to – The Sound of Music is currently top on my list! – and getting together for a film night as a family would be a great way of doing this.


We were sent the DVD, popcorn and sweets by Sunrise Senior Living and reimbursed for additional snacks purchased in return for a review of our film night.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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14 thoughts on “Retro Night – getting the family together over a classic DVD

  1. I love the idea of a retro family film night in, what a great way to share your memories of a movie and create new ones. A lovely way to bring the generations together. #BloggerClubUK

  2. Yes, The Sound of Music! Though it is quite a long film, isn’t it? Something I hadn’t really appreciated when I looked to introduce it to the kids, I’m not sure they’ve the staying power! Lovely idea to have a family night like this, across generations x

  3. Firstly, congratulations on becoming a finalist hunny xx you deserve it xx This looks like a wonderful idea! Getting the whole family together for a retro movie night, often older relatives can get lonely so it’s so nice seeing everyone together and spending quality time as a family xx #BloggerClubUK

    1. Thank you so much. We enjoyed our family film night, looking forward to doing it again 🙂

  4. Aww! What a lovely choice of film. A true classic!
    Oh yes, you’ll have to introduce your girls to The Sound of Music….They’ll be dancing around the house. hehehe x

    1. Thanks Kim – definitely want to introduce them to that one at some point, it’s my favourite! 🙂

  5. Great film choice! Sounds like you all had a lovely evening 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

  6. Family night with a DVD is a fab idea! I like the idea of watching something nostalgic for the adults too! So glad you guys enjoyed your evening together. Thanks so much for linking up with #bloggerclubuk x

    1. Thanks Becky – it was lovely to have that family time and to revisit an old classic that we all loved 🙂

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