Throwing an Outdoor Movie Party

We are celebrating summer with an activity, perfect for your family or your
entire neighborhood!

Studio 5 Contributor Mandy Douglass shares tips to pull off your own
outdoor movie night!

The movie screen tips:

The Place – Make sure you pick a great spot! It could be anywhere in
backyard, on the patio, porch or even on the garage. Be sure to control the
amount of light in your settting. (bright street lights, a busy street, etc). Be
creative. Make sure you turn off the sprinklers on their automatic cycle! Let
your neighbors know ahead of time your plans so you don’t disturb them,
or better yet, invite them!

Setting up –
The Screen
Use something you already have – The side of a house, even a garage
works just great!
Make your own screen using a king sized flat white sheet. On
they even mentioned tacking the top and bottom of the sheet onto thin
strips of wood. Drill the hole in the top of the wood so you can hang it from
the side of the house, garage or any other building.

Equipment –
You will need a movie player (a laptop works fantastic), and a movie
projector. You can rent them locally at many places. Simply google rental of
projectors. You will also need some speakers. If you’re a little technically
challenged, you can hire companies like They will
come and set up an inflatable movie screen, bring the projector, and set it
all up! In fact, they will even come and set it all up for you!

Utahoutdoorcinema has been so generous to donate an outdoor movie
night complete set to a lucky Studio 5 viewer! Be sure to go to Studio 5’s
Facebook page to enter!

Making your guests comfortable – You don’t have to purchase
seating. It can be as simple as providing camp chairs, & blankets. Even ask
your guests to bring something comfortable to sit on! Don’t forget the bug
spray, and maybe some tiki lamps to provide a little light by the

Picking a movie –
Because we are now in the first week of summer, I thought I would suggest
a few of my favorite movies that have to do with summer! Another great tip
when picking a movie is make sure you know your audience. If your
neighbors have a great view from their house, be sure to let them know if
you’re going to be showing a horror, or higher rated movie.

The Parent Trap


High School Musical 2

Sisterhood of Traveling Pants


Cheaper by the Dozen 2

All of the items have something to do with “NIGHT” at the Movies

Moon Pies

Milky Ways

Star Bursts

Night crawlers (sour gummy worms)

Star Rice-Krispy Treats dipped in Dark Chocolate

Night Owl Smores

Popcorn with flavor choices (cheddar, cinnamon sugar, etc. – Flavors
at Target) or/& Smores Popcorn

Making the night magical-
Lighting – Party Patio lights, Tiki lights, or Glow in the dark balloons

Giving everyone glow bracelets, glowing star sticks
Movie Bingo – simply print attached pdf and you are all set!
download here

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