5 Tips For Hosting A TV Marathon With Friends

Watching entire seasons or even multiple seasons of one TV show in marathon format has become so popular that "binge-watch" was even declared the word of the year in 2015. In the winter, binge watching a great TV show is even more appealing, since you don't really need an excuse to stay inside being cozy when it's cold out. While watching television is often considered a solitary activity, it doesn't have to be. Hosting a TV marathon is a great way to bond with your friends. Here are five tips for hosting a fun television marathon:

Opt for Blu-Ray DVDs

The problem with online streaming services is that they are usually completely reliant on your internet connection. If the internet slows down or goes out, your television marathon will be ruined before it even starts. Few things are more annoying than trying to watch a show that is constantly stopping or buffering. Instead, opt for the high quality sound and visuals and reliability of a Blu-ray DVD set. If you don't own a Blu-ray player, you can probably find one on sale or borrow one from one of the friends who is coming over for your television marathon.

Choose the Right Show

Ideally, you will be able to come to a consensus with all the friends you are inviting over before settling on which show to binge watch together. You may want to watch an old favorite comedy you all adore and can quote by heart, or get sucked into a brand new suspenseful drama together. This list of the best shows to binge watch is a great place to start. You can always send out a mass email with the top five choices and take a poll: the television show with the most votes wins!

Have Easy Snacks on Hand

You definitely want to feed your guests, but you don't want to spend the night in the kitchen preparing an elaborate meal while your friends get to enjoy the show you helped pick out. Instead, opt for easy, shareable snacks you can keep nearby while watching the TV show.

Things like cheese and crackers, a fresh fruit plate, chips and dip, and perhaps deli sandwiches or wraps are all great options. Offering a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is also a good idea. You might want to ask each friend to bring their favorite candy to share with everyone.

Don't Forget to Take Breaks

When watching a compulsively addictive show, you may find yourself wanting to watch several back-to-back episodes. Instead, keep your guests in mind and suggest short breaks in between episodes. This will give everyone a chance to stretch their legs, grab a drink or something to snack on, and use the restroom. This is not only courteous for your guests, but will also help eliminate annoying distractions or interruptions during the show.

Offer Your Guests Comfort

In order to successfully host a TV show marathon, it's critical to keep your guests' comfort in mind. After all, they will be sitting or lying down for an entire afternoon or evening. Encourage everyone to show up in comfortable lounging around clothes, or even pajamas.

Make sure you have plenty of seating for everyone (you may want to limit the guest list for this reason). Gather all of your most comfortable throw blankets and pillows for guests to use, or ask them to bring their favorites from home.

By following these tips, you and your friends will be sure to have a great time. In fact, everyone may want to make your TV marathons into a monthly tradition.