Outdoor Movie Night Tips
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Having an outdoor movie night is lots of fun and I’ve learned a few things about doing them over the course of the summer. Here are some tips to help you throw the perfect movie night. Keep it simple. Decorating and so on is lots of fun but it is also lots of work. Some of the most fun parties have been blankets and pillows pulled out into the yard to watch the movie all cuddled up. While turning your yard into a movie theater has it’s challenges, it really isn’t that difficult to pull it all together.
Bring extra lawn chairs
My number one tip is to have your guests bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, pillows and things to cuddle with. We spread out in chairs, on blankets, and how ever we are comfortable to watch our movies.
Provide lots of tiki torches, citronella and bug spray handy. This year we have had some serious bugs when trying to watch movies outside, but it hasn’t dampened our time outside.
Keep an eye on the weather
Keep an eye on the weather and have a back up plan for playing the movie indoors in case of a storm, rain, etc. We learned that we could move the party to under the roof of the porch as long as their wasn’t to many people. Just set up the screen on one end and the projector in the middle. Then the guests can pile in like sardines to finish the movie on the opposite end. *Yes we tried it, it wasn’t pretty.
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Bring your guests inside and have them finish the movie indoors. It isn’t as fun as outdoors but I hate to not see the end of a movie so sometimes you have to be prepared for the worst especially in the middle of a freak wind storm.
Fun Activities for guests
If you live in town or a neighborhood (expect a few extra guests, they may come over, or set up in their own yard). But who doesn’t love a free movie?
Have a plan for between dusk to keep guests busy. We had about 30 minutes of “extra” time before it was dark enough to watch the movie, so we enjoyed visiting and the kids enjoyed playing together. But if it’s any longer than that I know our kids would have been going crazy and would have needed more entertainment. Printing these for the kids would be the perfect addition to any party!
I have LOVED hosting the outdoor movie nights because it gives you a chance to entertain in an all new way. Kids and adults both love the movie nights and it almost like bringing back the Drive in movie theaters without the crowd of people.