How to Host a Spectacular Backyard Movie Night
As summer comes to a close so does dreadfully hot Southern humidity. Cool weather is the perfect excuse to get your friends and family together for an outdoor extravaganza that everyone is sure to remember. The best part? It's way easier than it sounds.
Start with a theme. Plan your party around the movie you’ll be showing. Is Pretty In Pink your film of choice? Deck out your backyard with girly, pink décor and serve a rosy cocktail like our raspberry beer recipe. Will everyone be watching Fried Green Tomatoes? Be sure to have fried green tomatoes on the menu and a sign that says “Welcome To The Whistle Stop Café.” With a little bit of planning and a few easy make-ahead recipes in your arsenal, you’ll be well on your way to hosting an unforgettable backyard movie night. Continue reading to learn some easy tips and tricks to ensure your party goes off without a hitch. What’s our classic Southern movie of choice, you may ask? Forrest Gump, of course.
How To Host An Outdoor Movie Night
The entrance to any party is key. It instantly sets the tone of the event. Be sure to place your favorite food items and decorations up front so guests will spot the unique embellishments as soon as they walk in.
No Southern bash is complete without a scrumptious recipe. Choose a main dish that complements the theme of the movie. We went with boom boom shrimp in honor of the beloved Forrest Gump character, Bubba Blue. Get the recipe here.
Outdoor Movie Screen
Of course, you’ll need a movie screen to show the film of choice. We suggest hanging a white sheet with a rope and drapery hooks. Then simply use a projector to stream the film for everyone to see.
But where will everyone sit? It’s a valid question with an easy answer. Ask all of your party guests to bring air mattresses, blankets, and pillows. It’s an inexpensive and fun way to provide seating for everyone. And it creates an Instagram-worthy photo opportunity.
Lining the perimeter of your outdoor movie night with Tiki torches creates a relaxing ambience, and they will keep those pesky mosquitoes away.
Be sure to have some chilled beverages ready to go. We decided on Dr. Pepper because Forrest Gump loves the refreshing soda.
Adding an adorable showtime sign to your outdoor movie party immediately gets guests excited for the event. And it will remind them what time the movie is set to begin.
Hanging string lights around the event will provide extra illumination, and who doesn’t love twinkling lights to set the vibe?
We all know Southerners love a good dessert. Try to choose something that’s easy to make and super portable. Because life is like a box of chocolates… we decided to serve DIY chocolate boxes.
For an extra touch, place chalkboards with notable movie quotes around your outdoor movie bash. Your party guests will appreciate the extra effort.
It’s arguably the most essential part of movie night: popcorn. Take it up a notch with various popcorn seasonings for an extra flare.