August nights are meant to be spent outdoors, so why get stuck inside watching movies on your couch? Recreate the magical feel of those outdoor screenings in the park or drive-in theaters in your own backyard. From a dreamy set-up to tasty twists on movie theater treats, you’ll have the perfect romantic set of for a date night or get together with friends.
Making a movie screen in your backyard is actually surprisingly easy. All you’ll need is a white sheet, a rope to hang it up, a DVD player (this can be a laptop), a projector, and a sound system. Try to work with what you have – if you have a white wall facing the grass, that can be used instead of the sheet. If there’s a fence, pin the sheet up on the fence. If you want to get a little fancier with your screen, follow these easy DIY Steps.
Backyard movie nights are all about the ambiance. This looks complicated to recreate, but it’s really all about dragging those comfortable cushions or blankets outside and adding some light. So what will you need?
First, set the scene with string lights and lanterns. Use neutral poofs as ottomans and sturdy trays where possible as surfaces to place a candle or a drink. Then lay out blankets – don’t be afraid to sit on the ground! Another thing that works here is using a rug. Finally, add a lot of pillows to make everything more comfortable. The more the better. Remember, nothing has to match perfectly. The end result will be a relaxed, whimsical, countryside look.
Register for these to get that perfect look for your next outdoor movie:
1. Bulbrite Outdoor String Lights with Starlight Bulbs
2. Thomaspaul Honeycomb Canvas Pillow
3. Jaipur Herringbone Throw
4. Gohome Vintage Sack Ottoman
Movie Snacks, But Better
Everyone has their go-to movie snack, but since you’re doing this at home you can get a little creative with the food. Include the standard candy fare – Junior Mints, Whoppers, Milk Duds, Sour Patch Kids, or Twizzlers. With the popcorn, avoid the prepackaged microwavable kind. Make your own and add some unique flavors. We highly recommend trying this Siracha Honey Popcorn Recipe.
On separate tables throughout the backyard, set up plates of fresh fruit (you can never go wrong with watermelon in the summer) and layered dips or nachos. Try this amazing and filling Loaded Pulled Pork Nachos Recipe.
Have all the essentials for your movie theater eats by register for these:
1. Acaciaware Oval Appetizer Plate, Set of 4
2. Cuisinart EasyPop Hot Air Popcorn Maker
3. Dansk Burbs Melamine Serving Bowl
4. Canvas Home Glass Ice Chiller
Picking the Flick
You went through all the effort of setting up the evening, don’t let it be ruined by watching a not so awesome movie. For backyard movie nights, we’re big fans of old-time classic flicks. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Dirty Dancing, and Grease are some of our go-tos. For this August, we highly recommend re-watching Wet Hot American Summer.
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