Host your own outdoor movie night

14 October, 2015

You are a big fan of going to the movies, but you want to get out and enjoy the pleasant weather that won't be around much longer. Instead of sitting in a dark, possibly crowded movie theater, take just a little time and set yourself up to host a movie night in your own backyard. You get to watch the film you've been itching to see, enjoy the outdoors and, best of all, it's in your own backyard. Here are a few things you should keep in mind as you prepare your home cinema:

Seating arrangements
You're going to have to plan this based on the number of guests you are expecting. If you're hosting your own version of date night, your seating needs will be much different than if you are inviting a few friends over. Either way, chaise lounges are comfortable options for your guests. Lounge chairs are excellent options for your outdoor movie seating because they give you the freedom to sit upright or sprawl out if you're so inclined. Make sure you set up your seating close enough to see everything happening in the film.

Projector and screen
The easiest way to bring a movie outside without bothering with the electrical setup that goes along with an entire television set is to utilize a projector. Even if you don't have one, they aren't terribly difficult to find. If you want to purchase one, head to your local electronics store or check online for cheaper options. Don't want to buy it? There are usually projector rental services available, sometimes even for free at your local library. For a screen, use a white bed sheet (with no wrinkles!) or a canvas painter's drop cloth. Hang it wherever it makes sense in your backyard, as long as there's a support or frame behind it. Against the house or against the fence are great choices.

Extra layers
Now that you've successfully made it outside to watch a movie, you're going to have to contend with the elements for the night. Bring extra jackets, hoodies and sweatshirts for starters. It's always a good idea to have a few blankets around in case it gets cold or windy.

Snacks!
Don't miss out on all of the tasty treats you usually get when you go to the theater. Pop some popcorn, grab your favorite candy and pour a tasty soda to go along with your flick.