Heat up your summer nights with your friends and family with these great tips to host a backyard outdoor movie night.
When I think of summer fun, I remember my parents taking us kids in the family station wagon to the local drive-in movie. There, we’d spend several hours huddled together, enjoying the delights of three movie hits, theater food and drink.
Well, the drive-in days are pretty much a thing of the past, but you can recreate the joy of summer movies by hosting your own outdoor movie night in your own backyard.
How to Host a Backyard Outdoor Movie Night
With a few basic items, you’ll be well on your way to being the hit of the neighborhood by hosting your own outdoor movie night.
Here’s What You Will Need:
1. Outdoor Movie Screen
Of course your can sling a line and clothespin a bedsheet between two trees for an inexpensive, rustic but doable movie screen or better yet, follow these instructions to make your own outdoor screen.
RELATED: DIY Outdoor Movie Screen Project
2. Outdoor Projector
For the projector, try the Epson Home Cinema Projector(730HD). It was made to project large and regardless of indoor or outdoor use, your picture will be bright and beautiful.
3. Movie Tickets
You can make your own movie tickets or you can use this handy Movie Ticket Sheet (PDF) by printing off and personalizing your tickets like they do in the cinemas.
4. Popcorn, Candy, Hot Dogs and Soda
Family movie night wouldn’t be the same without the popcorn, candy, hot dogs, and soda. It’s easy to set up a table and let the gang eat at will.
5. Sleeping Bags, Blankets and Pillows
One of the most fun for kids and adults is to be able to sit on the lawn and relax. You can set up camp chairs or throw down plenty of blankets and pillows for lounging.
How about these kid-friendly throws for your next outdoor movie party?
6. Bug Spray
Bugs (aka mosquitos) may appear, so be ready with bug spray. You may also want to fog the area you are going to use as a “theater” before showtime.
7. Pre-Movie Entertainment
Anticipation for the night’s lineup is sure to make kids antsy. So be prepared with this fun game that will get them in the mood for everything “movie.”
8. Top Family Movies Ever
Want to know what to show for your Movie Night, be sure to check out Rotten Tomatoes Top 100 Kids and Family Movies, as well as this short list handpicked by Wisconsin Homemaker:
- Toy Story 4
- The Wizard of Oz
- Spider-Man: Inter the Sider-Verse
- Inside Out
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- E. T. (Extra-Terrestrial)
- The Incredibles
- Paddington 2
- Toy Story 2
- Toy Story 3
- Finding Nemo
- The Jungle Book
- Harry Potter Series
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Toy Story
- The LEGO Movie
- How to Train Your Dragon (1 and 2)
- Mary Poppins
- Miracle on 34th Street
- Frozen 1 & 2
- The Princess Bride
- The Pacifier
- Beauty and the Beast
- 101 Dalmatians
- How to Train Your Dragon
- The Lion King
- Monsters, Inc.
For more great outdoor ideas this summer, be sure to check out my Pinterest Board: Summer Ideas from Wisconsin Homemaker.