The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials - Engineer Mommy
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This post is sponsored by Tampico. All opinions are mine alone.

As a busy mom, I really enjoy spending quality time at home with my family, and sometimes the best activities are the simplest ones. For example, one of our favorite things to do on a Friday evening is to go see a new movie in theaters, such as DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby that just hit theaters!

However, when we can’t all afford to go out, we love to gather together in the living room for a family movie night at home. Today, I will show you how to create the ultimate 10-minute fort to supercharge movie night at home. In addition to the fort, I will be sharing some of our favorite movie night snacks & drinks, such as caramel popcorn and Tampico. Keep reading to also learn about how you can enter the Tampico Raise a Boss scholarship for a chance to win $5K toward a child’s education!

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

So here is how you can make the ultimate fort for epic movie nights at home!
1. Set up the structure.
Set up dining chairs to be structural support of the fort. I used four dining chair in the configuration below.

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials


2. Add sofa cushions.
No fort is complete without a comfy, cozy place to sit. We grabbed some cushions from the sofa to place on the floor of our fort.
The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials


3. Add blankets.
Add at least 2-3 blankets over the top of the fort to create a cozy place to sit inside.
The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials


I had a big helper assist me with this step. :)
The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials


4. Use clips to secure.
To ensure that the blankets don’t slide off, use large clips to attach the blankets to the chairs. You can use chip clips (from the kitchen) or spider clips (from the office).
The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials


5. Add pillows.
To make the interior of the fort extra inviting, add decorative pillows and throws. Now this is definitely looking like a great place to hang out!
The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials


No movie night is complete without great beverages and snacks. Our beverage of choice for movie nights is Tampico Peach Punch. The delicious flavor of this drink is perfect for a festive night at home. Did you know that Tampico Beverages, Inc. has been one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality juice drinks since 1989? I love the bright, refreshing taste of this flavored beverage!
The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials


I poured some Tampico Peach Punch into glasses. One thing I really enjoy about this drink is the delightful combination of peach and orange.
The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials


For movie night snacks, we made caramel popcorn (mostly for the kids) and spiced nuts (mostly for me)! My husband had to work late on that night.
The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials


To make the caramel popcorn, I simply 2 cups of sugar into a medium pot and brought it to a boil. Once caramelized, I removed the sugar from the heat and let it cool for a bit. Then, I simply poured it over some popcorn for a festive treat that the whole family loves!
The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials


*Tip: To make movie night even more festive, my girls really love to enjoy their popcorn out of these retro containers!
The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials


To make spiced nuts, I simply melted some butter in a frying pan and added about 2 cups of mixed nuts. For the spice component, I added 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Keep cooking until the nuts become glazed (shiny) and then let the nuts fully cool.
The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials


With Tampico, caramel popcorn and spiced nuts, we were all set to enjoy a popular animated film together! My girls loved our little fort and dug right into the snacks and drinks.
The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials


My daughters really enjoyed our exciting movie night experience. In fact, they wanted to hang out in the fort long after the movie ended.
The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials


Tampico was a huge hit with both of my kids and we really enjoyed the light, refreshing & tangy flavor! I found Tampico at my local supermarket and the great taste, price & convenience cannot be beat!
The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials

The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials


Did you know that Tampico is offering $5,000 towards a child’s education to a lucky winner through its Raise a Boss sweepstakes? You can invest in your little bosses’ future! Just visit this link here and find out how to snag a free digital Tampico Boss Baby activity book and enter the promotion. You can also enter for a chance to win $10 movie gift cards and of course the grand prize of $5,000 towards a child’s education! Isn’t that awesome?

Enter the #TampicoRaiseABoss sweepstakes! Here’s how: BUY Tampico multipack, SNAP a photo of the receipt, TEXT “Tampico” to 811811. All valid entries receive a free digital The Boss Baby Activity Book! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends 4/30/17. Visit TampicoRaiseABoss.com.
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Now, find out more about why the delicious taste of Tampico needs to be part of your family movie nights, and tell me: How do you make movie night special at home? Have you ever made an indoor fort for the kids?







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 April 11, 2017  Posted by

11 Responses to “The Ultimate 10-Minute Fort & Other Movie Night Essentials”

  1. Your kids are so cute. I miss mine being little and making forts all around the house. Your Caramel Popcorn looks delicious and we love Tampico!

  2. I love the step by step for your fort – those clips are key to keeping it from falling down. super smart! I’m going to try your caramel corn recipe too. What a fun night!

  3. I love this blog post. The movie is so much fun. Just like when I was little, making forts is always a hit with our girls. We have been doing it for years now. I don;t know what makes snacks, movies or even naps more fun in a fort, but they are.

  4. I love this! The fort, the popcorn recipe, the retro popcorn containers, the nut recipe…so much movie night awesomeness! We love to make family time special too.

  5. What a great idea for kids. We love making forts but we havent done it for a movie night. I think we might do this on Friday night! Kids will love it!!

  6. I would love to do this. I have a few baby cousins and nieces I can have a fort movie night with. I love the spiced nut recipe I must try it!

  7. This brings back memories of when my grandmother and I would make forts! So much fun! :)

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  8. Your Fort movie night looks so cozy and what fun for little ones to feel taken care of and have their own little area with their goodies! So cute :)

  9. I love the idea of the 10 min fort! This would be a great to get the little ones to enjoy watching a movie, a quite place for them to read.

  10. A fort! Oh my goodness .. I haven’t thought about making a fort in so long (my kids are grown now). Genius the idea of using clips .. wish I would have thought about that way back when. Movie nights were always a favorite too and they would have loved your caramel popcorn. Thinking I’ll make a batch for my hubby the next time we sit down for a Netflix date!

  11. this is awesome!! I can remember making forts with my daughter like this when she was little and it was so much fun!!!! I’m sure your kids love it too. I am loving that photo of the spiced nuts and the caramel popcorn as that is MY kind of movie night snacks! 😉

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