June 7, 2013

Host a Backyard Movie Night Under the Stars

Now that the temperatures are starting to warm up, it’s time to spend more time in the outdoors.

Having an outdoor movie night is a great party idea for the cool summer nights this season. It’s a family friendly approach to hosting in your own home and can be simple to create when you utilize the space in your own backyard.
To start, select a fun party invitation that reflects the theme of your movie night. If you are showing a more glamorous movie like the Titanic, opt for a more ritzy invitation. If you plan to show a fun classic movie, like Star Wars, then a movie themed invitation is appropriate. Base the invitation on your party theme and your style and taste. When selecting a day to host this event, keep in mind the weather forecasts in order to make sure the event goes off without any weather issues. Movie Popcorn Invitation by Stevie Streck Designs
Next step, create seating areas for all your movie viewers by placing lounge cushions, blankets, and beach towels around the yard. Leave everyone enough space, and also determine if there is room to see the outdoor projector. Projector screens can be rented through party rentals, or created with white blankets, paper, or sides of buildings. Base your theater requirements on the layout of your backyard. If you don’t have enough lounge cushions to go around, encourage guests to bring foldable beach chairs, blankets, and towels of their own to sit on. Create a Backyard Movie Screen by Pottery Barn
Include a fun snacking bar for guests to help themselves throughout the movie screening. This popcorn bar is great for munching, and allows guests to mix and match popcorn and candy concoctions to their flavor fondness. Fill up baskets, bowls, or jars with an assortment of candies, chips, pretzels, and snacks. Include a scooper so guests can help themselves to the arrangement. Vintage popcorn bags are a great touch. Be sure to provide plenty of snacks for all guests as well as drinks. Keep drinks cooled in a nearby ice bucket or cooler. Rustic Popcorn Bar by Pen N' Paperflowers
Decorating is easy for the event- just use the beauty of the great outdoors. For more lighting when the sun goes down, string a few white lights around the patio or yard for a dimmed lighting. Citronella candles are also a great idea because they will fend off pests in addition to giving off light at night. You can also add extra touches by adding decorations that are on theme with the movie you plan to watch!
Screen the movie of your preference, just make sure you test all of your stereo and video equipment prior to guests arriving so that no problems arise during the night. Be sure to keep the volume down as to not disturb the neighbors as well (better yet, invite them too!)
What movie will you screen at your backyard outdoor movie night?