Spring and summer are a great time to mix up your party styles. You can easily move your typical parties outside to enjoy some fresh air after being cooped up during the dreary winter months! One great way to have some fun outdoors is by hosting an outdoor movie party. If you need some tips on how to throw an outdoor movie party we’ve got you covered! These tips and tricks will have you set up and ready to go in no time; your party is sure to be the talk to the town and a big hit with all your family and friends!
- Screen (Use a flat white garage door or the side of your house!)
- DVD Player or Laptop
- Extension Cords
- Blankets (to sit/lay on)
- You will need power before anything else! Decide where you are going to set up your screen and run some extension cords to that area but remember you need to be rather far out from the screen!
- Set up your screen. You can use a projector backdrop, some white blankets pulled tight, or the side of the house if you have a light colored flat surface!
- Position and focus the projector. You may need to hook up the DVD Player and speakers if you are not using your laptop to play the movie! If you are inviting a lot of people you will want to position your projector back further so you have more viewing space up front!
- Do a test run! Play the first few minutes of the movie to make sure everything is running smoothly. Go back to the beginning and just pause the movie so all you have to do is press play when you are ready!
- Lay out all your blankets and set up any chairs you might be using. This is the last step because it is much easier to set these up in the dark than it is to fumble with cords and small buttons on electronics!
- There are places you can rent projectors! You don’t have shell out serious money to buy one if you are only going to use it every now and again! Check out sites like ATS Rentals who have models starting at $58 for a one day rental!
- You want a bright projector! If there is any kind of light near you like street lights, passing traffic, etc. the movie will be hard to see with a dim projector. If you are buying a projector to keep consider getting one that will be bright enough to do outdoor movie nights!
- Don’t bother spending big money on inflatable screens, HD viewing equipment, etc. This is an outdoor movie night…its main purpose is to be a fun and new way to experience a movie! Don’t overthink it or overspend trying to make it overly cinematic; your family and friends will enjoy the experience they won’t be critiquing the quality of the picture!
- Consider turning your movie night into a sleepover party! Let the kids set up their tents in the yard, make some s’mores, and they’ll have a blast watching from their sleeping bags all snuggled up with their friends!
Have you ever hosted an outdoor movie night? Do you have any tips or tricks to make it more fun or easier to set up?