Outdoor Movie Night—A Unique, Fun Backyard Party

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Stargazing is a favorite summer-night pastime. What could make this activity even better? Stargazing and watching a movie under their glow – all in the comfort of your own backyard!

We’ve got the recipe for the perfect backyard movie night. Pop the popcorn and silence your cell phones – you’re just four “S’s” from hosting success!


Arguably the most critical component to movie-viewing success is the screen you’ll watch it on. Will you need a projector? What will you be projecting onto? Can you easily move an indoor TV to the backyard?

If you plan to host movie nights frequently, consider purchasing a projector of your own. If you’re not ready to make that investment, renting is an economical option! For advice on choosing a projector, visit this guide from How-to-Geek. A white, wrinkle-free sheet is a great alternative to a standard projection screen. Be cautious if moving your TV outdoors! Find a safe, sturdy spot near an outlet to place it. If you’d like to hang your TV in the backyard, we know some pros who can help!

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Sound on! Unless you’re showing some cool, silent film, speakers are going to be essential in the prep work. Several of these bluetooth options (recommended by OutdoorMovieProjectors.com) are under $100, portable and waterproof – perfect for movies by the pool!


If you do in fact have a pool, use it to your advantage! Combine your outdoor movie festivities with a pool party and use floats and loungers as fun seating options. In addition to your existing outdoor furniture (we’ve got great DIY ideas if you’re looking to add to your collection!), utilize your more durable indoor furniture pieces as well.

The best kind of seating sometimes doesn’t involve “sitting” at all! For the kids especially, lay out blankets and pillows for a comfy spot to curl up under the stars. Ensure your lawn is freshly cut!


Last, but certainly not least, satisfy the “movie munchies” with an assortment of snacks. For the little entrepreneurs in your crew, have them run a concession stand complete with candy, popcorn and drinks. The kids will have a blast running the show! You can even rent an old-fashioned popcorn maker to add a touch of movie theater magic.

All that’s left to do is press play! Your backyard is an invaluable extension of your home and living space. The pros at Neighbourly can help you maximize its potential! Explore our family of brands and enlist one of our trusted professionals for help with any of your home maintenance needs this summer.