Outdoor Movie Night Essentials

What’s better than snuggling up with a blanket, some close friends, and a good movie? Not a whole lot. Even more, you don’t have to leave your house to have a great time. It’s a simple pleasure that will never go out of style. But if you’re a big movie buff, it’s probably high time to take your movie-watching experience up a notch. Think about hosting an outdoor movie night. There’s just something special about a cinema under the stars. So, this season, try these tips to help elevate your summer movie night.

1. Create the Set-Up

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Drape string lights around trees and tables to lead your guests to the snacks and refreshments.

When setting up your outdoor movie, remember to grab a few items to enhance the viewing pleasure. This includes lawn chairs, cozy blankets, a few throw pillows, string lights, a projector, and of course a big screen. Keep in mind, you can opt for a plain, white wall or a white sheet taped or sewn together to act as the display board. Just don’t forget that your movie display should be situated near a power outlet for plugging in the projector.

2. Select the Snacks

No movie night is complete without munchies! For the kids, popcorn is always great. You can get it pre-made at the grocery store. Also, consider having a table for a variety of snacks for kids and adults alike. Your best bet is to have a smörgåsbord of salty and sweet snacks. Consider a cheese or Charcuterie plate, veggie platter, and a mixture of small snacks. Sliced fruit, nuts, and candy should do the trick! Pro Tip: Create an ice cream bar! Ice cream is to movies as coffee is to mornings.

3. Mix Up Cocktails

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Slice up a few lemons, limes, and strawberries, and add a pinch of basil and a colorful straw for a stunning refreshment.

If you are inviting the neighboorhood, think about beverages for the adults. Beer and wine is always a great bet. Also, consider preparing a few custom cocktails too. They’re fun for your guests and often require minimal prep time. For example, Frozen Margaritas and Vodka Lemonade in mason jars are not only tasty and refreshing, but they look beautiful in the jar. And, as for the guests that don’t drink alcohol, you can offer fruit-infused waters.

4. Pick a Classic Movie

Selecting a movie that suits everyone is probably the most challenging portion of your evening. However, you can leave the decision-making to the guests. Simply create a short list of popular movies (around 3-5 choices) and have your guests vote to select the winner. Some classic movie suggestions: Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, E.T., The Karate Kid, and Home Alone.

If you are planning an outdoor movie night this season, don’t skimp on the food. That’s where Garry’s comes in! Pick up carry-out or choose catering with appetizers, small bites, and desserts to match your movie’s theme.