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Who says having a career means all work and no play? Lately, companies have been taking great strides in improving culture within the work environment. When browsing corporate websites there are often “Join Our Team” or “About Us” sections that allow glimpses into their life at work.

This is a way for companies to show off the culture they’ve spent time building and advertise their unique benefits and social perks. As this week kicks off the first “official” week of summer, you may see companies showing off all of the fun activities they offer their employees during the warm months.

Looking for a fun social event to offer your employees? Nothing says summertime like an outdoor movie night! This is a great way for your employees to get together as friends and unwind. Make it a happy hour with a few cocktails, some of the best snacks for movie night and let the conversations start flowing.

Movie Night Snacks: Consider the Classics

An outdoor movie night can be achieved quite easily, you just need a few simple things. First, an outdoor space. This can be your company’s rooftop, balcony, or if none of these are available, try reaching out to your town and gain access to the local park for your outing.

Second, grab the projector from your conference room and set it up against an open wall for an instant screen! Make it BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair – lawn chair, office chair, or whatever floats your boat), and the last thing you’ll need is some fantastic snacks for movie night, but we’ve got you covered there.

1) Popcorn is a Must-Have

The first movie night essential – popcorn. It’s virtually impossible for someone to enjoy a movie without digging their hand into a bowl of good popcorn. There are two types of people in this world: butter vs. kettle corn fans.

This can cause quite the debate, so its best to be prepared and provide both. Utz Butter Popcorn is a delicious, buttery popcorn that will instantly transport you to the movie theater with its mouthwatering taste.

Tack on the fact that it’s gluten-free and this popcorn is an instant crowd pleaser. Your office’s kettle corn fanatics will go nuts over Popcorn Indiana’s Original Kettle Corn.

With a pinch of salt and cane sugar, this popcorn is the perfect blend of salty and sweet and the brand’s most popular flavor. Both of these snacks come in convenient personal sized bags but don’t be surprised when employees grab a second bag (or a third).

2) It’s All About the Candy

Movie night is all about taking a break from the diet and satisfying your cravings. As with the world-famous butter vs. kettle corn debate, we approach the age-old candy debate: sour vs. sweet.

So again, it’s best to stock up on both. (“Fine, stop twisting my arm,” you say out loud to your computer.) Unlike with going to the movie theater, there will be no need to hit the dollar store beforehand last minute; we’ve got everything you need.

At Corporate Essentials, we recommend our pour containers to keep your snacks fresh and conveniently stored. With airtight seals and a one-handed pop-open lid, you won’t have to worry about your candy going stale.

Sour Patch Kids are a must for the sour enthusiasts in your office. There’s nothing like that jaw-tingling sensation when you bite into your favorite gummy candy. A movie night wouldn’t be complete without the delicious crispy and crunchy, peanut butter chocolatey flavor of Butterfinger.

A must for the chocolate lovers of the world, Butterfingers go great with a handful of buttery popcorn. Both of these candy options come in our featured pour containers, making it simple for your co-workers to pour themselves a cup of their favorite candy.

3) Don’t Forget the Drinks

Now let’s be real. What kind of movie night would it be without some refreshing sodas? You’re better off sticking to the favorites here. Sprite Zero has the delicious lemon-lime flavor people love, with none of the calories or sugar.

You’ll also need to have a decent amount of America’s favorite: Coca-Cola. Coke and popcorn – can you think of a more perfect combination?

Let Movie Night Drive Your Corporate Culture

Now that you are all set on snacks, all that’s left to do is send out an office-wide vote on movies to watch! Giving employees an opportunity to socialize is imperative for boosting office morale.

Allan Wille, CEO of software company Klipfolio, discusses how social interaction at work improves internal communication and builds loyalty. Employees who are happy are more productive at work, and that’s what we love to do here at Corporate Essentials – help fuel positive culture enabling employees to work happy.

What starts with something as simple as stocking up on snacks for movie night could become an office tradition that creates bonds and relationships among co-workers that go deeper than the Monday morning “how was your weekend?”

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Rachel Cusack

With a passion for the creative side of the business world, Rachel graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Through many years in customer service roles, she has developed strong people skills and an interest in how consumers interact with brands. Rachel strives to bring her experience in digital marketing and events to her role as a Marketing Associate at Corporate Essentials. She believes that life is just better with a cup of coffee and a great office culture is the first step in maximizing employee happiness.