This week marks the actual beginning of summer vacation for my girls. We have already had some summertime adventures here and there. But plan on having quite a few more. So what better way to celebrate than enjoying a summer outdoor movie night with family and friends. Find out how to accomplish this successfully for yourself below now…
The average price of a movie ticket in the United States is $8. If you have a large family or just want to get some popcorn to enjoy with your movie, then going to the theater can quickly become an expensive night on the town. Save money, avoid long lines, and spend some quality time with your family. You can do this all while recreating the magic of a summer outdoor movie night–with better sight lines! The snacks, the seating, and the movie will all be a big hit. Why? Because you designed it specifically with your family in mind.
Pull up a cushion or a pool float (we’re not picky). Then, read on to discover tips for creating your ideal summer outdoor movie night with the family.
Here are 5 simple tips to the perfect family summer outdoor movie night…
1. Assemble Your Theater Components
To watch a summer outdoor movie, you’ll need a screen, a DVD player, a projector, and a sound system. There are several innovative ways to create your own movie screen. Check out this tutorial from Parents.com. This tutorial walks you through creating a secure screen using white blackout fabric and simple supplies. You can pick up all these supplies at any hardware store.
If you don’t want to build your own screen, you can also buy an inflatable screen online. CNET also has a really helpful blog with suggestions on which products are worth investing in. They also have instructions on how to put the whole system together.
2. Make Sure You Have Plenty of Comfortable Seating
A day or two before your summer outdoor movie night, make sure that your lawn is freshly mowed. Also, that pet waste is cleared. Plus, you will want to make sure that you’ve attended to ant-hills or any other potential pest problems. Once you’ve done that all you need is comfortable seating. You can place blankets on a table for your family and friends to claim. You can even set up picnic style or offer cushions from outdoor furniture. If you have an air mattress that don’t get much use, this is a fun opportunity to put them to work. You may also want to have some low-backed chairs available for anyone that might need a little extra back support.
3. Serve Delicious and Healthy Movie Snacks
Part of the fun of going to the movies is definitely the snacks. For your summer outdoor movie experience, serve your own (healthier) popcorn in small brown paper bags. These individualized bags allow you to experiment with some fun, unexpected toppings like cinnamon sugar, garlic and basil, or my favorite chunky monkey!
Keep healthy, refreshing drinks like fruit-infused water on tap. These will keep your kids cool and well hydrated. Plus, these drinks are so tasty. Because of this your kids won’t even miss the 42oz movie theater soda. Also, you won’t have to worry about all the extra caffeine and sugar late in the evening.
If it’s not too hot, consider setting up the fire pit for some delicious backyard s’mores.
4. Create Soft Lighting that Keeps Bugs at Bay
You’ll want to avoid setting up your summer outdoor movie theater near bright streetlights. But you’ll still need some light to hit the pause button. This will allow your family to safely navigate the yard during bathroom breaks and trips to refill snacks. Tiki torches can create a fun, festive environment, as well as white string lights. You can also make beautiful lanterns out of mason jar. Just fill them with citronella oil to ward off pests while they light up your outdoor space. But be careful to anchor them firmly to reduce the risk of fire.
5. Make Movie Ticket Inspired Invitations
Make your summer outdoor movie night extra fun for your children. How? By allowing them to invite their friends over. Consider also inviting your neighbors. This is a nice thing to do, but it may stave off noise complaints! You can even go the extra mile. How? By creating your own old-school movie ticket inspired invitations.
If you are new to the area and looking to meet your neighbors, then consider putting a simple chalkboard sign out front. This sign can reads something like, 7:30pm Showing of “Night at the Museum.” Neighbors Welcome! Bring Blankets and Chairs! Chances are your neighbors are looking for something different to do with their kids over summer break. Therefore, they will appreciate the opportunity to join in the fun.
*This was a guest contributing article written by: Danielle Hegedus. For more ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com.