With summer coming to a close, what a better way to come together and enjoy the last few weeks of summer evening warmth than a backyard movie party? You can easily turn your backyard into a movie theater by following a few simple steps:
Tidy Up: First and foremost, a clean backyard is a must. Not only should all trash and debris be cleared away and outdoor furniture be wiped down, you should also give the lawn a mow. Your guests would much rather spread their blankets and beach chairs on a soft patch of grass rather than overgrown weeds.
Set Up Your Screen: The most exciting part of throwing an outdoor movie theater party is choosing what kind of larger-than-life screen you’ll choose. Whether you choose something as simple and DIY a projector and a sheet or you decide to do it up big with a rentable inflatable screen, there are many different ways to create your own personal theater. If you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a special screening system, there are ways to get the movie theater experience without breaking the bank. Once you have your screen, install it in a spot that has minimal back lighting and which can be easily seen from every point in your backyard.
Plan Your Seating: Lawn chairs? Benches? Blankets? Each seating type sets a different mood, and some will do the job better than others, depending on how many people you’re planning on hosting. You can even theme your seating based on the movie you will be watching, and match your decor to fit the movie’s personality (Beach Blanket Bingo, anyone?). If you want seating without the expense, consider creating your own DIY outdoor seating.
Pick Your Movie: More than anything else, the films you choose to screen will set the tone for your movie night under the stars. Will you go with a family-friendly night and invite the whole neighborhood over to watch the new Lego Movie? Or perhaps you’d like to host a boozy romcom night for your best girlfriends. Whatever you choose, be sure to choose a movie that suits both the theme of your party and the audience in attendance.
Offer Great Snacks: Sure, there’s nothing wrong with movie theater classics—if you’re screening classic films, popcorn, hotdogs and soda are the perfect big screen accompaniment. If your party is a little more themed, however (and action movie night or horror night, for example), extend that theme to the snacks you provide. If you’re in a culinary mood, get creative with these Snacks To Eat While Watching Movies.