FUN Movie Night Snack Tray Ideas with Dollar Store Items

Let’s talk all about movie night snack tray ideas.

movie night snack board

Guests LOVE a beautiful movie night snack board.

BUT, as hosts, it can be difficult to create a stunning traditional charcuterie board ON A BUDGET!

I set on a challenge to create a beautiful snack tray just using dollar store items and I am going to show you EXACTLY what I did to RECREATE FOR YOURSELF.

Create these ideas for your next date night, the holiday season, or night of movie marathons!

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Everything to Make Movie Night Snack Trays

Set Up Your Living Room

How can you enjoy your favorite movies and delicious snacks without a nicely decorated table?

​Coffee tables or ottomans make for a perfect place to set up your movie night snacks board.

snack tray ideas for movie night
Tray with salty snacks on table and table cover. Popcorn container with cheesy popcorn. Water bottle on the side.

You also want to make sure that your living room has a theme.

Lucky for you, I go in depth about movie night themes and can help give your movie night a great presentation!

Recreate your living room with these movie night DECOR ideas:

  • Table covers (YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED THIS.  I almost forgot this at the dollar store and if I didn’t have it I would have made a MESS since crumbs are inevitable)
  • Comfy chairs
  • Balloons (great for birthday parties)
  • Streamers

Choose a Good Charcuterie Board

​It is ESSENTIAL to have a tray or wooden board to host a movie night with friends and family.

Although, I already had a wooden charcuterie board at home (this is a similar charcuterie board if you want to recreate to your fullest potential), I found a large platter at the dollar store which you can see here.

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Clear snack trays with chips, pretzels, and popcorn.

These clear trays are perfect to have for your next movie night because they make the table setting SO CUTE.. plus they were soooo easy to CLEAN.

Also, while I was at the dollar store prepping for another blog post (making a TASTY ice cream sundae bar), I found shiny silver serving trays too!!

I figured these would also be perfect to add to a movie night party.

Recreate with these movie night CHARCUTERIE BOARD ideas:

  • Wooden board (you can use as a traditional charcuterie board like I did if you have one at home)
  • Serving tray
  • Cookie sheet

Make a Dessert Board

If you, your friends or family have a sweet tooth, they will appreciate a dessert board with all their favorite sweets and favorite movie snacks.

When I hosted my movie night 2 days ago, my guests absolutely RAVED about how many dessert choices I had on our movie night board.. (even I felt excited and I’m not even a sweet tooth myself)!

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Dessert board with gummy bears, mini chocolates, and mini candies surrounded by popcorn.

I should also mention that if your family or friends aren’t crazy about sweet snacks, you can opt to add fresh fruit, sliced veggies or peanut butter with celery.

You can’t go wrong with finger foods that your family loves!

Recreate with these SWEET TREATS in a candy cup of their own:

  • Gummy bears (or sour gummy worms)
  • Chocolate bars
  • M&M’s
  • Red Vines
  • Caramel corn
  • Candy canes
  • Skittles
  • Classic chocolate chip cookies
  • Junior Mints
  • Small candies

Make a Salty Snacks Board

I might be a little biased, but my FAVORITE SNACKS are SALTY SNACKS.

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Salty snacks board for movie night with spicy chips, potato chips and pretzels on a clear tray.

A fun way to make your movie night snack board better is adding sour cream or a small bowl of spinach dip to your tray!

​ALSO, at the dollar store I found some cute popcorn bags and popcorn trays!

movie night popcorn snack tray
Popcorn bags and popcorn containers from the dollar store with cheese and caramel popcorn inside.

Trust me, even without fancy popcorn your guests will love to have their own popcorn boxes.. makes them feel a little special 😉

Recreate with these SALTY SNACKS ideas:

  • Popcorn (I found buttery popcorn and caramel corn at the dollar store)
  • Chips (Hot Cheetos, potato, etc.) 
  • Pretzels
  • Pita chips
  • Crackers
  • Funyuns

Add Movie Meal Choices

My guests and I definitely ate a good meal before the movie began!

If you are hosting dinner as well, it will be important to have food choices available that pair well with a movie.

Recreate with these FOOD ideas:

  • Nachos
  • Pizza rolls
  • Wings (Boneless barbecue wings and spicy barbecue wings are my family’s favorite)
  • Pizza

Add Beverages

With so much food and good movie night snacks on your table, your whole family will want something to sip on!

​Give your guests a variety of beverages to choose from that go great with your snack foods.

movie night charcuterie board ideas
Water, iced tea and fruit punch beverages next to clear tray with sweet treats and salty snacks.

As always, have in mind that as a host you will be on clean up duty so make cleaning an easy task here.

Recreate with these BEVERAGES:

  • ​Soda
  • Water
  • Juice (I love adding Caprisuns)

Must-Have Movie Night Accessories

I wish I can say that hosting the ULTIMATE movie night is as simple as gathering your favorite treats and dumping them on a board.

PRESENTATION matters with your movie night snack tray ideas.

You will want to gather utensils and supplies AHEAD OF TIME to present your snacks beautifully.

Small bowls can also help you display your tray of snacks nicely!!

Recreate with these movie night ACCESSORIES:

  • ​Microwave popcorn popper (if you host a bunch of movie nights, a more budget-friendly option then buying microwaveable popcorn bags is getting a microwave popper and only getting popcorn kernels at the dollar store.  PLUS, you can add all the seasons you want)
  • Popcorn bags (or popcorn containers)
  • Small bowls
  • Cups and cup holder
  • Napkins
movie night snack tray ideas

Movie Night Snack Tray Ideas

Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

These are the best movie night snack tray ideas to have an awesome movie night. You will create trays for sweets, salty snacks and food that pair well with your favorite movies.



  • Gummy Bears
  • Gummy Worms
  • Mini Chocolates
  • Mini Candies
  • Mini Cookies

Salty Snacks

  • Cheesy Popcorn
  • Buttery Popcorn
  • Chips
  • Spicy Chips
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers

Movie Meals

  • Nachos
  • Pizza Rolls
  • Wings
  • Pizza


  • Water
  • Juice
  • Soda


  1. Set up 3 trays on a table.
  2. On the first tray, set up desserts and sweet treats. You can add mini chocolates, candies or caramel popcorn.
  3. On the second tray, add salty snacks. Place pretzels, chips or salty popcorn on this tray.
  4. On the third tray, add a meal of your choice. You can choose pizza or nachos.
  5. Add beverages of your choice (soda, water, or juice).
  6. Have napkins ready. That is all!


I did not add calories to this recipe because it depends on which snacks you choose and how many guests you are preparing for.

Happy You Are Here!

I hope this post helped you create the PERFECT movie snack board. Make a list of your favorite candy and salty snacks to grab at the dollar store! Let me know how recreating a mini movie theater concession stand goes for you!! You can add to your snack tray with even more movie night ideas!

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