Hosting a backyard movie night is a fantastic way to entertain family and friends while creating lasting memories. From tech recommendations to setting the scene, movie snacks, and our team’s favorite movie classics, we’ve got you covered.

Tech Recs’

To kick off your backyard movie night, you’ll need the right equipment. Here are our tech recommendations:

Projector: Look for affordable options under $100 available on Facebook Marketplace, NFM, Walmart, Best Buy, or Amazon. Ensure the projector has multiple input options for connecting to different devices. Click here for a list of the best outdoor projectors of 2023!

Screen or Projection Surface: You have several options, such as an inflatable movie screen, a blank wall, or a white sheet stretched between two trees. Choose the option that suits your backyard space and budget.

Audio System: A good sound system is crucial for an enjoyable movie night. You can use portable speakers, a Bluetooth soundbar, or even a dedicated outdoor audio system for a cinematic experience. Make sure the sound is loud enough without disturbing your neighbors.

Extension Cords: If your projector or speakers require a power source, have some extension cords on hand to connect them to the nearest outlet.

Set the Scene

Creating the right ambiance is key to enhancing the movie-watching experience.

Seating: Set out lounge chairs, bean bags, or blankets and pillows on the ground. You can even ask guests to BYOC (bring your own chair).

Ambiance: Add an extra touch with string lights, lanterns, or candles. To avoid glaring on the screen, use dimmer lights.

Add a theme: Set the theme for your movie night by incorporating decorations related to the movie or a specific genre. Consider adding movie posters, themed props, or even a red carpet for a touch of Hollywood glamour.

Movie Snacks

No movie night is complete without delicious snacks.

Popcorn Station: Popcorn is a must for the movies! Add some fun by setting up a popcorn station with different toppings and salt seasonings.

Mini Concession Stand: Set up a mini concession stand offering classic movie snacks, candy, nachos, and pop. Make it fun and offer pop in a glass bottle. You can also include healthier options like fruit skewers or popcorn trail mix.

Smores Station: If your backyard features a firepit, cozy up to your fire pit while enjoying your movie, and add a smores station for an extra sweet summer treat.

Signature Drink: Elevate your movie night experience with a signature movie-themed cocktail. Try the “Cinematic Sunset,” a refreshing blend of citrus and berries with a touch of elegance:

2 oz vodka
1 oz orange liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz orange juice
Fresh berries and orange slices for garnish

In a shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and orange juice.
Shake well.
Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.
Garnish with fresh berries and orange slices.

PJMRE Pick’s

To inspire your movie selection, here are some all-time favorite classics from our team:

Amanda Zahm, Realtor: Top Gun and The Sandlot
Carol Lilly, Realtor: The Goonies
Jessica Mancl, New Business Specialist: Grease, The Parent Trap (1998 version), Dirty Dancing, and Lilo and Stitch
Julie Kelly, Realtor: Point Break (1991 version)
Kelsey Beyer, Property Manager: The Sandlot and Shrek
Trey Brown, Realtor: The Sandlot
Cara Woosley, Business Development Director: The Sandlot
Kelsey Wallerstedt, Graphic Designer: Stand by Me

We hope you can create some fun memories from the comfort of your home with these tips! If you are in the market for a new space to create memories, reach out to one of our expert agents today!

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