It might be September, but summer’s not over just yet! What better way to savor those warm summer nights a little longer than with an outdoor movie night? Whether you want to cozy up with your significant other, hang out with your closest friends, or even host a showing for one under the stars, now is the time for some last-minute outdoor cinema fun. Here are 10 invaluable tips to help make your outdoor movie night a complete hit!
Set Up a Screen
Give everyone a great view with the right screen! Even affixing a simple white bed sheet to a wall or fence will do the trick. If you want to make outdoor movies more of a thing in the future, consider investing in an outdoor projection screen, which can be rolled up and stored until the next movie night.
Prep Your Projector
Now you’ll need a way to project the film onto the big screen. Your laptop, DVD player, or smartphone can do the job, or you can choose to find a portable projector instead. Make sure you have enough extension cords for the projector in question before the big night!
Test It Out First
Maybe you’ve tried your hand at outdoor movie nights in the past and you’re feeling confident that your setup is flawless. It’s still wise to give it a once-over before the screening and confirming that your connection is strong if you’re streaming. While you’re at it, secure and cover the cords as well as you can. You don’t want anyone to trip!
Give Bugs the Boot
Do you remember inviting any creepy crawlies to your party? Unless they’re fireflies, probably not. Keep mosquitoes and other annoying bugs out of your outdoor theater with the help of bug spray and strategically placed citronella torches. You can even give your guests a choice of using sprays, patches, or handy bug repellant bracelets as an option that’s less heavy on the smell.
Serve Up Some Sweet and Salty Snacks
If you don’t have snacks, did you even go to the movies? We think not. Set up your very own concession stands filled with seasoned popcorn, movie-style candy, and a variety of drinks for guests of all ages. Up your game by providing a few tasty popcorn toppings like garlic and olive oil, sea salt and asiago, or chocolate sauce for your more adventurous guests!
Think About Your Seating Situation
Keep things simple by asking your guests to bring their own lawn chairs and outdoor blankets to your screening. Try to stagger seating as much as possible so everyone can get a good view of the film. Moviegoers with blankets and pillows should be placed in the front while those with chairs can sit behind them. The nights are beginning to cool down a bit more quickly, so don’t forget to provide some cozy throws, just in case it gets chillier than expected!
Add Soft Lighting
Make the scene enchanting by hanging a little bit of lighting for your outdoor movie night! Soft holiday lights, fairy lights, or decorative lanterns hanging from the trees work wonders in creating a cozy atmosphere while illuminating your path to the snack bar (because yes, snacks are that important!).
Keep Your Audience in Mind
It can be tricky finding a movie that everyone will like. Keep your guests in mind and work on finding a film that appeals to everyone. Shoot for a movie that doesn’t have too much quiet dialogue or many dark scenes. When in doubt, everyone loves classic comedies!
Don’t Keep the Neighbors in the Dark
In an ideal world, you’ll want to alert your neighbors that you’re planning on hosting a movie night. Besides, nothing can ruin a fun night of laughs than a frustrated neighbor. Keep them in the loop and ensure that the sound is at a reasonable level so everyone can have an enjoyable evening. Summer nights were made for outdoor movies with friends. If you wish your current backyard were bigger, we can make your dream come true! Trust The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties to help find the perfect home for you. Call us at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to get started!