September 13th I hosted an Outdoor Movie. I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now. Since I’m blogging now, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to actually host one.
Being as it was the first time I’ve hosted a party like this or attended for that matter, I’d thought I’d give you my top 5 tips to make it the most memorable party.
5 tips for hosting an Ourdoor Movie Party.
- Movie Selection: Why is this important? Well for two reasons, 1st: you want to pick out a movie that everyone will like. Which is hard enough but my tip: choose an older movie, you can never go wrong with that. People love nostalgic movies that remind them of their childhood or of their parents. 2nd: is it kid friendly? Sure you can make it adult only, but then guest with kids are less likely to attend. Since the movie I chose wasn’t a kid friendly choice, I had a separate area for them to watch their own movie. In a way, this made them feel special too.
- Seating: I saw some amazing ideas on Pinterest, but wanted to keep mine simple for the 1st time. I had my patio furniture and chairs. But on the invite ask friends to bring their own air mattresses and chairs. We had pumps to help blow up the mattresses. This way everyone could get comfy and warm.
- Ambiance: I had twinkle lights, candles, and a fire. I wanted everyone to be relaxed and feel at home. I set up a separate area for people to sit by the fire. For the next one I’ll definitely have a bonfire going in the background, it rained for a few days straight so all our firewood was wet. Bummer.
- Kiddos: So not only did I make a separate area for the kids, I also made special baskets for them too. I figured this would also keep them occupied while both movies were playing. I wanted to give them feel for being at the movies but added some extras for the outdoors.
- Concession Station: One of our favorite things about going to a movie is the popcorn and candy. I wanted my guests to have their very own concession stand too. This was so fun to decorate. I used my daughters lemonade stand to pop fresh popcorn as guests started to arrive. I went to the dollar store and bought boxes of candies and cookies so guests had lots of options just like going to the actual movies.
Since it was Friday the 13th and there was a full moon, I thought it was only fitting that we purchase the old Friday the 13th movies to watch for the adults. Since the kids were a little older we bought Sing for them to watch.
Some of my tips for next time I’d change (hopefully these will help you the first time):
- I’d pick a date earlier in the summer where the nights aren’t as cold. It was in the low 60’s for us so we definitely had to snuggle under the blankets.
- My projector had the capability to Bluetooth to a speaker, but it wasn’t loud enough. I’ll have to look into a louder Bluetooth speaker. If you have any suggestions, please comment them.
- Since I wanted to blog about this event, I wish I had started a little earlier. Getting all the mattresses blown up, situated, and a start time of 8pm, it was pretty dark for pictures.
- The popcorn machine I had was pretty small. I certainly don’t need one like the theaters but something a little bigger if this is going to be an annual event. It took a long time to pop all the popcorn for the guests. But I wanted it to be fresh so I didn’t pre-pop any. I may look into even renting one for future parties.
- We didn’t need it, but don’t forget bug spray if you do plan it for the middle of summer. We don’t want any guests to get eaten alive and uncomfortable.
I hope these tips make your outdoor movies a huge success. My friends loved it and can’t wait for the next one. If you host one of your own please tag me in your pictures, I’d love to see.
I’ve linked the equipment I used here.