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 30, 2020

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. Voila!

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PSA: Concession stands are crucial to successful outdoor movie nights. To easily create your own, shop this durable, wicker bar cart, which has two levels for snacks and drinks. 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.

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For a healthy alternative to sodas or sparkling drinks, add this hydration station to your DIY concession stand. The acrylic 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.

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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.

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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, two mixing bottles and more, 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.

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$22.99 (Set of 6)

Instead of purchasing plastic plates, make your movie night eco-friendly and shop these reusable bowls for small snacks like granola and popcorn. You can snag the set in white or a variety of summery colors.

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Stretching out under the stars will seem even more appealing with this organic double-woven blanket. Since the blanket's 70 inches long and 50 inches wide, multiple guests can use it at once.

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Of course, you can also give your A-List audience front-row seating with portable lawn chairs. Lightweight but sturdy, its water-repellent nylon upholstery and wooden armrests add laid-back charm to your gathering.

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For a fun touch, mix and match traditional chairs with a few floor pillows. We love this floral-print square cushion by Opalhouse because it's soft for sitting on the ground but still oh-so-stylish.

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$46.99 (Set of 3)

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 whimsical hanging lanterns because they're battery-powered and feature handles and hooks for easy hanging. You can even arrange them in a line and let guests follow the lights.

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How to Make an Easy DIY Outdoor Movie Screen

Transform your backyard into an open-air movie theater with this easy DIY screen made from PVC pipes and a white sheet.

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