If you’re anything like me, you love MST3K (No, I am not going to spell it out. If you don’t know what it is, GTFO). Even better is watching it with friends. Obviously, a decent movie night isn’t hard to accomplish. No one’s going to be upset if you call them up, tell them to bring beer and come over while you order a pizza. But if you want to go a cut above, read on:
(Mandatory) Clean: Vacuum the couch, clean up your living room, that sort of thing. A clean viewing area makes it more enjoyable for everyone.
(Optional) Vote: This can be fun if you have friends who are MST’ies and have a solid collection (or Netflix). Have everyone pick their four favorites and the two with the most nominations are that evenings movies.
(Optional) Invitations: Obviously, we live in an electronic age, so a simple Facebook invite works (you can incorporate a poll instead of the vote above), but I am a big fan of old-fashioned invitations for things like this. It’s exciting to have one handed to you or delivered in the mail. It’s unique and unexpected and adds a touch of class.
(Mandatory) Drinks: Beer is obviously the go to choice for any movie night. You can spruce it up and make a pitcher of something harder- I recommend something rummy. Rum always seems to fit MST3K for me, somehow. If you’re feeling brave serve Killer Shrews (fun fact: Killer Shrews is my favorite. You’ll win on Jeopardy someday because you read this).
(Mandatory) Noms: Popcorn is a staple in my house, so that’s always a safe bet. If you have people over regularly, spring for a good popcorn popper and warmer. They’re not terribly expensive and, like invitations, are fancy and unique. Plus: Popcorn stays warm. Have some popcorn mixing options on hand (Savory: sharp cheddar cheese, sweet: Hot tamales, Fun: melted butter with sriracha- trust me).
For dessert, you can have some fun. My go-to is gingerbread cookies with rum icing- cut into the shape of the silhouettes. Pure awesome, right? Print and cut out the templates provided, and make the gingerbread and cut it out using those templates before baking. The icing I use (NOTE: For the over 21 crowd):