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Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Movie Night

One of our favorite things to do in the summer, is to have outdoor movie nights. It is the perfect way to enjoy a new release or an old favorite with our family and friends. They are also a great way to celebrate birthdays or other special occasions. Let’s look at what you need to host movies under the stars in your own yard.

Projector

You can find projectors in a variety of price ranges. Right now, Walmart has some big clearance sales on projectors and some are under $50. We love our Epson projector, and they also have a large selection of them on sale as well. Once you have a projector you just need to connect it to your DVD/Blu-Ray Player or Laptop to project your movie.

Screen

You can buy an inflatable movie screen like the Airblown Inflatable Deluxe Widescreen Movie Screen available at Target. This 12-foot-high screen self inflates with its built-in fan in seconds. When not in use, it stores in handy storage bag.

If you are looking for a DIY way to make a screen, you can use a white sheet or canvas on a PVC pipe frame made with PVC plumbing pipe you can buy at the Home Depot.

Popcorn

Popcorn and movies go hand in hand. If you want to hold a lot of movie nights, you may want to get a popcorn maker like the Nostalgia Electrics Hollywood Kettle Popcorn Maker from Bed Bath & Beyond. This Hollywood Marquee popcorn popper features classic art deco styling and a unique, light-up marquee. You can use the included vinyl letters to put your name or message in lights.

To add a truly authentic feel, pick up their Cinema Style Popcorn Tubs. These tubs are constructed of durable plastic materials that can be washed and used over and over.

Seating & More

For seating, there are a variety of options, you can sit on blankets, beach or lawn chairs. Have a cooler filled with soft drinks, seltzer or bottled water. I like to pick up some movie theater style box candy to have on hand as well. Now, start the movie and get ready to make some lifelong memories.