Summer is ending, but the weather is still perfect for late outdoor celebrations. Drive-in movie theaters offered families a time to be together while enjoying the company of a few others under the stars. You can bring these same benefits to your yard by throwing an outdoor movie party at home. However, it is not as simple as one may think, and you need to make sure you have all the components if you want a successful shindig.
To watch a movie, you will need a screen to show it on. You can go simple with a white bedsheet hung on a clothing line if you want. Some people have large sections of a home without windows that also work as a screen. However, there are other temporary options available. One of the best ways to create a large screen for a crowd is renting an inflatable screen.
Once you have determined the screen, you will need to know how to project the movie. Before you rent, you will want to consider the following factors:
- How bright your neighborhood is
- The size of your audience
- How big your screen is
- How much space do you have
- What movie you are showing
You are attempting to determine what bulb you need, which lens size is best, and whether you need a front or rear projector. Bulbs have different brightness levels, and you want to make sure you have a bright enough bulb that everyone can see all of the scenes in the movie. Rear projectors prevent people from disrupting the screen while walking around, but they cannot be used if your screen is your house or an inflatable. Knowing the answers to these five questions will assist a projector rental agency with the selection process.
The best part about backyard movies is the variety of seating you can use. Blankets are always a great option that also allows people to lay down. If you select this, make sure you consider tarps and water-resistant throw pillows. As the sun sets, the ground could become moist. Putting a tarp down before blankets will also discourage chiggers and other bugs from biting during the show. If you have an older crowd, it is always a good idea to have some lawn chairs or camping chairs that can be used. Consider having both options available with blanket seating in the front so that the view is not disrupted.
You cannot have a movie party without having snacks. Popcorn bars are a great option so people can create their flavor combinations with various mix-ins. Smores are also an option if you have a fire pit. If you want to make an entire evening event, consider having a potluck that allows people to bring their favorite foods and snacks to share with all. Make sure you have plenty of drinks and bathrooms available.
When holding a movie night at your house, you will want to keep the comfort of your guests in mind. Consider purchasing glowsticks to allow for lighting at their seats and the ability to find their way into the house for bathroom breaks. Having mosquito repellant methods is also a must for any outdoor event. Finally, consider activities that will cool guests down with water guns, water balloons, or inflatable pools. Knowing your guests will help you determine what activities to plan.
When you take the time to plan, your party will be full of memories and laughter. The first step is making sure you have the best projector to work with your space and screen, and the rest can be arranged to fit inside your budget.