Freelance writer who enjoys staying active, social and making the most of what Perth has to offer.
Published June 23rd 2011
Do you find yourself saying to your friends "let's not leave it so long next time" every time you see them? While you have good intentions of catching up more often, it never seems to happen? Maybe you have a group of friends that are just really bad at organising themselves for get-togethers or you are just looking for something fun to do as a group? Movies and food are something that pretty much everyone enjoys, and while the preferred movie genre and cuisine of choice may differ, this is where the fun begins.
The basic idea of the Movie and Dinner Club is each person has a turn at selecting a movie and restaurant. Generally, this works better if your movie and restaurant choices are split-up onto different nights. The club meets at the cinema to watch the movie and then heads out for dinner afterwards to discuss the movie and catch up on any general gossip. After all members of the club have selected a movie and restaurant (or two if your group is small) you can then choose to have an awards night where each member votes on their best and worst movie and restaurant. You can also have funny trophies made, to be presented to the winners and losers.
All you need to start a Movie and Dinner Club is a few friends; it can be couples, families or singles. The beauty of this type of club is they don't even have to be from the same circle, there will still be plenty to talk about at each gathering. Now there are a few simple decisions you will need to make before you get going.
1. Who will you invite to be part of the club? It helps to include people who live in close proximity to make travelling easier.
2. How often will you meet? Once a month is a good start and you can choose to change the frequency if it's not working for you.
3. When will you meet? A Sunday matinee movie followed by dinner might be suitable for groups who work business hours, but anytime of the week can be chosen.
Now that you have the basic details sorted out, you can send an email around to your friends for their expressions of interest. You can spark some online conversation by getting creative with your invitation and coming up with a funny name for your group.
Once you are ready to go, you may choose to have some ground rules. For example, the restaurant should aim to be less than $50 per person and no horror movies allowed; but this is completely up to you. It's also helpful if everyone emails the week before to confirm their attendance so that reservations can be made in advance. While the club will ensure you catch up with your friends regularly, it's also a great way to discover new restaurants and see some films that you wouldn't normally choose. For something different, outdoor cinemas and film festivals can also be included in your selections.
If you have a young family or are a struggling student, you can still have fun with a movie and dinner club, but substitute it with a DVD and local takeaway and host it at home. This way everyone can put $20 into the kitty each month to pay for the food and entertainment, making it a fun and cheap night out.