O is for Outdoor Movie Night

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Outdoor Movie Night

In our house, summer is a time for being laid back, loosening our schedule, and making fun a priority. Hosting an outdoor movie night for your family and/or friends is a great way to make something ordinary {movie night} into something the kids will remember for a long time.

Of course, any time you can see a movie on the big screen, it make it that much more fun. Showing your outdoor movie on a “big screen” is as simple as draping a big white sheet, drop cloth, or shower curtain over a rope between two trees!

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This would also be a great idea for a evening party for kids and adults – with food, refreshments, and party favors. Use your creativity and have fun! So here’s what you need to host an outdoor movie night:

The Basics

  • large white sheet, drop cloth, or shower curtain
  • a projector
  • video player {dvd player, laptop, etc.}
  • speaker system
  • tarps, blankets, or chairs for seating
  • pillows {optional}
  • popcorn
  • drinks
  • fun food

Most people do not already own a video projector. If that’s the case for you, you can try borrowing one or purchase your own. Video projectors can get pricey, but there are definitely affordable options.

You can provide lawn chairs, folding chairs, or tell your guests to bring their own camp chairs. Or, spread 8″ x 8″ tarps on the ground topped with blankets and pillows.

What to Watch

Here are a few of our favorite family movies:

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The Food

A party isn’t much of a party without great food. {At least in my opinion.} So here are some fun ideas to get you started:

  1. Popcorn Balls
  2. DIY Movie Night Popcorn Bar
  3. Gourmet Root Beer Floats
  4. Pretzels with Mustard Pretzel Dip
  5. “Popcorn” Cupcakes
  6. Neighborhood Movie Night Treat Wagon
  7. DIY Taco Bar for Supper
  8. Ranch Veggie Pizza


And of course, I’m sharing some of the best ideas from around the web… so many ideas to make it a night to remember!

  1. How to Build an Outdoor Movie Screen
  2. Real Party: Backyard Theater Ideas
  3. Outdoor Movie Night Party Ideas
  4. Outdoor Movie Theater Seats
  5. [easyazon_link identifier=”B00EYQBTJM” locale=”US” tag=”keepersoftheirho”]String Lights[/easyazon_link]

Movie Night Printables

  1. Movie Night Printables from Catch My Party
  2. 12 DIY Popcorn Box Printable Templates
  3. Printable Movie Night Ticket Invitation

Have you hosted an outdoor movie night before? What family friendly movie suggestions do you have?

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