Backyard movie nights – what a great idea! Whether just for your family or for having over some friends, this is a great way to have a movie theater experience without even leaving the comfort of your own home. These are a great way to enjoy those warm summer evenings and cuddle up with your family for some bonding time.
You can make these movie nights as simple or elaborate as you’d like. The main goal is to spend time together, having fun and making memories.
Great Ideas for Backyard Movie Nights
In today’s blog post, we are going to share with you an amazing roundup of do-it-yourself ideas to make backyard movie nights cozy and fun.
Lighting is essential for your movie night. Whether you are adding some tiki torches or stringing lights up like these, it adds a special touch and helps provide that ambient lighting so you can move around safely (and find the food!).
This is the epitome of next-level movie night setup. It might be a bit over the top for your family party, but you can draw from the idea and simplify it. How about a few small pup tents filled with sleeping bags and pillows for the kids? It’s cozy idea that is a lot of fun.
You’re going to need a screen for showing your movies. You can purchase one, place a sheet on your fence or the side of your house, or make a freestanding one like this.
Your kids will get a big kick out of you making this night as much like your own little theater as possible. These printables give it that “official” touch.
What’s a fun movie night without a fun snack? This one is great because your family can simply pull off pieces of it and take it back to their spots to watch the movie. It’s a simple idea when you want something a little more substantial than popcorn.
Here’s another great idea for a screen that is easy and economical.
Keep your beverages cool and at the ready with a simple tub of ice. If you’ve got a die-cutting machine, you can take it the next level with some custom text.
We love this idea! It’s so simple and they will store easily without taking up too much room. Yet, it looks really comfy and cozy. This is the perfect seating idea for spaces, small and large.
Think of how magical this will look in your yard! If you add just one over-the-top element, this is a good one to consider.
This DIY snack bar is a great way not only to give everyone their choices of snacks but make it self-serve so everyone can enjoy the movie together.
Here’s another option for some seating – this time employing an inflatable pool as a way to get comfy and cozy. A different approach to a free-standing screen as well that you might want to check out.
How cute are these? Your little mermaid fans will love eating their popcorn out of these beautiful and colorful tails!
This is another great self-serve style concession stand you could set up for your event. You could really hang up some clothesline and clothespins on pretty much any surface you have available and you’re all set.
A drive-in movie party is a brilliant idea the kids will love. With each child having their own special car to sit in, not only does it make the occasion so much more special, but also helps define their spaces and avoid any conflicts over “who sits where”. We love the trays for their snacks too!
Make your own movie projector for your smartphone? Yes, you can! This is such a fun idea and we can’t wait to try it.
As we said, lighting is key and really adds to the fun, especially with these glow stick balloons. It’s d0-it-yourself and it’s super easy to make. The kids will have a blast throwing them around.
Add to your DIY snack bar with Italian cream sodas you can whip up for yourself. What a great way to make the night extra memorable.
Any of these ideas can make your movie night extra special, a night to remember and treasure. What movie will you watch first?