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Have an Outdoor Movie Night

by Debbie Correale

Wondering what to do with the kids that will keep everyone entertained? Do something different this summer and host an outdoor movie night! You will need a projector, a screen, and either a DVD player or a streaming connection to play the movie.


Assess your yard and house and determine where would be the best location for a screen. Keep in mind the distance where you intend to place the projector, and if there is a power source nearby. You can purchase a screen online, or build your own, use blackout fabric, or special paint to create a screen out of wood or a large piece of sturdy cardboard. Another idea is to hang the screen from the top windows of your home if that is an option for you. I also found an inflatable screen on Target; I’m not sure how it would hold up on a breezy night!


The quality and cost of a projector vary, and you will want to understand what you need for your movie night. Check with friends and see if they have one you could borrow or purchase online. Think about how you will project the sound, do you have outdoor speakers, for example, and if your projector needs to connect to a streaming device or a DVD player.

Add the Extras

What’s a movie watching without being comfortable and eating popcorn? If you are planning on a large group, consider renting a popcorn machine from your local party rental store. Provide blankets, cushions, or sleeping bags for guests, or include that on your invitation to bring their own. Set out all your comfortable chairs as well. Be sure you have enough lighting for your guests in the dark to make it safely back to your house. Provide an outdoor party tub or coolers with drinks for the kids and adults.

Have fun this summer with an outdoor movie! I would love to hear about your set up when you have figured out all the details!

By Debbie Correale, Redesign Right, LLC. Contact for all your interior design and decorating needs, home staging, or training. Connect on Facebook Redesignright, Instagram Redesignright, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz. Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash.

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