8 Outdoor Movie Night Party Essentials


What’s summer without an outdoor party? An outdoor movie night gets you big fun without too much effort.

You’re guaranteed to get to sit down for at least 90 minutes after spending all day prepping for your guests. Bonus: if you plan it just right, you might not even need to clean your house. Or maybe that’s just me? Anyway, I’ve put together everything you’ll need, from invitations to technology, to get this party started right.

  • 8 Movie Night Necessities 1 of 9

    Once you've put all this together, choosing what movie to watch will be the hardest part of your party planning. 

    Click through to see all 8 items. 

  • Printable Invitations 2 of 9

    The perfect party needs the perfect invitation. These are customizable and printable, so you can put things together last minute if you like. 

    From Oh Happy Day

  • String Lights 3 of 9

    Every theater needs a little mood lighting. These outdoor string lights create the perfect ambiance. 

    From Target, $13. 

  • Popcorn Boxes 4 of 9

    What's a movie night without popcorn? These cute boxes make you feel like you've gone to the drive-in. 

    From World Market, $5/12. 

  • Projecteo 5 of 9

    This adorable little projector takes the vacation slideshow to a new level. Share your vacay 'grams as preshow entertainment. 

    From Projecteo, $29. 

  • Movie Screen 6 of 9

    Upgrade from the sheet, this movie screen folds compactly when not in use and has a wide viewing area for maximum presentation. 

    From Best Buy, $124. 

  • Pico Projector 7 of 9

    Portable, with clear colors, Pico projectors are perfect for smaller outdoor settings. 

    From Best Buy, $600. 

  • Projector 8 of 9

    Or for the movie connoisseur, this projector has excellent resolution. 

    From Best Buy, $650. 

  • Bean Bag Lounger 9 of 9

    A little more support that just laying out blankets, still cozy for lounging. My kids would love to hang out on a couple of these.

    From Overstock, $131. 

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Outdoor Movie Night


If you have the means to set up a television and DVD player out in the yard, you can create a cost-effective movie night kids are sure to remember. Pop some popcorn and pull out the lawn chairs and sleeping bags to create a movie night experience reminiscent of the popular drive-ins. To make it more fun, invite the neighbors over.

Image source: Yaletown Business Improvement Association

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I have always wanted to throw a backyard movie party. This sign would be the perfect touch.

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