We talk about buying homes and selling homes, prepping homes and listing homes, most often, here on the blog. Today, however, we are going to talk about something you can do to ENJOY your home in a fun and practical way.
Summer is winding down. Go out with a bang this year by throwing an outdoor theater party that will instantly leave everyone wanting to plan the next one! Did you just relocate and need a good way to meet new neighbors? Or, maybe you just moved down the street and you have want to show your new digs off to friends and family? Planning an outdoor movie theater night is just some welcome old fashioned fun. These outdoor parties are a great way to relax, unwind and reconnect (or connect) with others.
photo credit / source: simplestories.com
My sister shared this image with me on Facebook yesterday and knew it was just the thing for our weekly blog feature. Of course this image reminds me of the vibe here in Nashville/Franklin, Tn.
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# 1) Select your seating and your screen / equipment. What I LOVE most about the idea of an outdoor movie party, is that there are so many ways to be creative, if you like to, or just keep it simple and still make those lasting memories with your loved ones. There are so many other styles out there from a laid back DIY approach with cushions and a sheet on a rope…..
photo credit / source: myhomeoutdoors.com
to of course some are a tad more luxurious…..like this set up with cozy chaise lounge chairs built for two.
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#2) Invite guests. Do you have children? Involve them in the planning stages, maybe they can help you select movie themed invitations if you will be inviting additional guest. I found these printable versions for $5.00 on etsy – just pay, download and print. How easy is that? (Click the photo to link to the listing.) Or make your own with stuff you have around the house.
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#3) Pick your movie. You can make a sign to display the movie that will be playing
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And if you are one to take it to the next level, use a fun marquee sign sign to direct guests
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#4 ) Concessions! What would a movie be without concessions? Popcorn. Candy. YUM! Pick out some great things to snack on during the flick.
photo credit / source: partyplusplanning.com/2015/06/08/outdoor-movie-night-themed-party-week/
You could make a sign together listing all the goodies you’ll serve and can let the kids run the concession stand – after a summer of selling lemonade, I’m sure they will enjoy a change of pace. Not sure where to start – google printable concession signs and I’m sure you’ll find lots of freebies.
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or you can organize and arrange the candy, popcorn and drinks like they’ve done here with fun metal wire baskets and cute popcorn containers.
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or like this….(my personal favorite, I know….way over the top!) This one just screams whimsical and unique and those are right up my alley!
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#5) Give it a drive-in feel for the toddlers – kick the party up a notch with fun cars that the younger children can use as seats during the movie. How fun are these decorated hot rods? They would be fun to make ahead of time and talk about a memory! Keep your eyes out for empty boxes that might double as a great drive-in seat at your next double feature!
photo source / credit: babble.com/disney/10-ways-to-host-a-disney-infinity-party/
Of course you don’t have to go to all this work. You can simply throw a blanket on the grass, prop up your laptop and bring out the mircowave popcorn (in the original bag!). Maybe this approach, using sheets as seats.
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Or maybe you don’t have an outdoor space large enough to host an outdoor movie theater party. Don’t let that stop you! Improvise and hold a drive in movie night INDOORS. Move some furniture, set up seating on the floor and line up the snacks!
Have fun with it. Take lots of pictures and make great memories with your family. If you want to share your pics with, we’d love to see how YOU did your outdoor theater party this summer. You can share them on our Facebook with #SummerMovieNight2015.
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer! And as always, if you or anyone you know is looking to buy a home, sell a home or invest in real estate here in the Nashville / Franklin TN area, reach out to us. We would love the opportunity to earn your business. Thank you!
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For additional resources and inspiration, visit these great links!
How To Build A Backyard Theater
DIY Outdoor Movie Seats – I’m thinking these would be GREAT for a Girls Night Out (or in depending on your home) with a good click flick and some drinks and appetizers.
ETSY – Backyard Movie Night Items
The Found Blog – AMAZING ideas for all kinds of events, I LOVE her style!
Simple Stories – A fun line of memory keeping products