Summer Idea: Movie Night

backyard-movie-by-pluralWarm summer nights call for activity outside but when your children are played out, why not take the show outside? An outdoor movie is a great way to get fresh air and enjoy all summer has to offer. It’s like having a drive-in in your own backyard. Here’s a guide to help you make a great movie night:

Supplies for a Perfect Backyard Movie

  • Movie
  • Projector
  • Speakers
  • Extension cords
  • Laptop or DVD player that is compatible with projector
  • Movie screen
  • Comfy seating
  • Delicious snacks

How to Make Backyard Movie Magic

You can project your movie on the wall of your house or garage, or create a backyard movie screen from canvas or blackout shade material. The place where you have to get creative is in hanging your screen. Instructables has step by step instructions for building a screen alongside a building using PVC pipe, while Wired has instructions for a stand-alone version.

If you’re happy hanging a sheet over a hedge, that’ll work too.

Once you’ve got your screen set up, get your electronics together and go for a quick test run before it’s movie time. Make adjustments to the projector to get the image looking perfect — ahead of time, not while yoru friends and family are waiting around for the movie. It usually helps to put the projector up on a table or other raised surface.

Finally, set up a seating area and bring out some snacks. While movies just aren’t movies without popcorn, a lot of parents worry about serving popcorn to small children for fear of choking. Fruti bars make a great summer late night snack while you’re watching a movie.

Then just sit back and relax with your family and friends and enjoy the movie!

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