Everything You Need to Host an Outdoor Movie Party

Planning a movie sesh under the stars? Shop our full list of entertaining essentials, all of which can conveniently be reused after the credits roll.

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June 24, 2019

ICYMI: June just so happens to be Great Outdoors Month, and we think that's a pretty good excuse to finally throw that outdoor movie night you've been thinking about for a while now. Get started by watching our quick video below on how to DIY your own silver screen, then check out our list of items that will earn your soiree a standing ovation.

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Create your own screen for fun backyard movie nights.

Setting up your own big screen is easier than ever with this pocket-sized projector. To use the wireless device outside, just stream the desired film on your computer, tablet or smartphone via HDMI port and then enable the screen-mirroring feature. From there, you'll want to project the film onto a flat surface, like the side of your garage or a white sheet hung from a clothing line. And voila!

BUY IT: Urban Outfitters, $320

PSA: Concession stands are crucial to successful outdoor movie nights. To easily create your own, shop this all-natural rattan bar cart, which has two levels for snacks and special cup holders for bottles of bubbly. Since the cart is also equipped with wheels, you can leave it stationed by the back door or roll it right out onto the lawn.

BUY IT: Anthropologie, $498

For a healthy alternative to sodas or sparkling drinks, add this hydration station to your DIY concession stand. The glass dispenser comes with a special plastic diffuser so you can even slice up some fruit and give your water a sweet splash of citrus or berry.

BUY IT: Urban Outfitters, $25 (Originally $29)

Veggie sticks and fruit slices are best served chilled, no? If you're worried about letting your snacks sit out for too long, shop this acrylic tray, which has a special compartment for ice underneath. You can fill the lower level with ice, add your snacks and choice of dip to the top, and enjoy fresh food for the movie's full runtime.

BUY IT: Crate & Barrel, $20.97 (Originally $34.95)

We're happy to report that you can make your outdoor movie night even sweeter with this snow cone maker. In addition to an at-home ice shaver, the kit includes six different syrups and a matching set of spoons, so all you have to do is leave out some cups, line everything up and let your guests dress their treat as they see fit.

BUY IT: Urban Outfitters, $199

Instead of purchasing plastic plates, make your movie night eco-friendly and shop these reusable, earthenware bowls for small snacks like granola and popcorn. You can snag the set in dark blue, seafoam green, vibrant peach and a variety of other summery colors.

BUY IT: Anthropologie, $12 (Set of 4)

Stretching out under the stars will seem even more appealing with this striped-dyed cotton blanket. Since the blanket's about 70-inches long and 64-inches wide, multiple guests can use it at once.

BUY IT: Anthropologie, $98

Of course, you can also give your A-List Audience front row seating with these adorable indoor/outdoor chairs. We love how their striped design evokes thoughts of cabana towels draped over a deck, and have no doubt that they'll look right at home in your backyard this summer.

BUY IT: Anthropologie, $249.95 (Originally $448)

For a fun touch, mix and match traditional chairs with a few floor pillows. We love these round velvet cushions by Opal House because they're soft for sitting on the ground, but still oh-so-stylish.

BUY IT: Target, $29.99

Once the sun goes down and the movie starts, guests may have trouble navigating their way to the concession stand for refills, so we suggest picking up a few lanterns while you're at it. We love these sophisticated, gilded lights from Anthropologie because they come in three sizes and feature handles for easy-carrying. You can even arrange them in a line and let guests follow the lights.

BUY IT: Anthropologie, $20 - $48

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