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Entertaining on Your Back Deck: Making Your Own Family Movie Night

Posted on Thu, Aug 11, 2016

sundance-deck-screeninglo1.jpgSpending time with your family can sometimes be a tall task. Trying to coordinate schedules with everyone you want to invite can be difficult, so when you do have the chance to spend time with your loved ones, an outside movie night is a great idea. Entertaining on your back deck is made easy, simply with some creativity along with a projector and a simple screen.

Drive-in Movie With Comfort

Over the years, drive-in movie theaters have been slowly falling out of existence. But there is something really special about sitting outside and watching a movie on the big screen. So why not recreate this feeling for yourself? You will get all the comforts of home; a readily accessible bathroom, more legroom, comfy chairs, and all the snacks you want, while still having a fun experience outside.

Pick Your Movie And Create A Theme

It's a great idea to pick your movie and then go in with a theme that works well with your guests. For example, if you're watching a family or children's movie, you can offer all different types of candies- swedish fish, snowcaps, sour patch kids, milk duds are some great options. By snacking on traditional movie theater candy, you will channel your inner kid and have a great time.

But of course, you can decide on what snacks you'd like to serve depending on what you and your guests like. An obvious and delicious choice is always popcorn. But you can also take a twist and buy plain popcorn along with a variety of flavor options that your guests can add themselves. Little brown baggies are the perfect container, and your family will have a blast creating the perfect popcorn for the movie.

Or, if you are showing a movie more suited for adults, your food and beverages can be altered to match. Serving a variety of wines or mixed drinks along with some hot hors d'oeuvres can turn watching a movie into a more sophisticated and fun affair. Especially if you are planning something for the fall, there is something inherently romantic about cozying up to your special someone with a blanket wrapped around you, enjoying a glass of wine and some delicious snacks. Not only will you be able to really enjoy the movie, but it will be a great atmosphere that you simply won't be able to get in a regular movie theater. 

Turning Your Deck Into The Theater

If you are creating a movie theater experience on your deck you don't have to worry about people dropping food into your yard, which could be a problem if you are afraid of attracting unwanted animals. If any of your guests drops any food, you can sweep it up after the movie and throw it away. Another benefit or unique feature is that you can have some tiki torches or citronella candles nearby, which can help to repel any bugs that you'd have a harder time dealing with if you were sitting in the grass. 

Spending time outside is a great way to have a good time. And by showing a movie outside, you can enjoy a warm summer night or a cool fall evening. Utilizing your deck as the platform to make it happen is the perfect fit. From delicious drinks to yummy snacks, you will be able to create a memorable evening for your friends and family, and maybe even start a new tradition.

It's important to spend time together with the ones you love. Taking a moment to sit back and enjoy a movie on your deck is the perfect way to do just that.

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Photo Credit:  Open Air Cinema Home Screen Kit

Tags: Decks, outdoor entertaining