Summer nights are made for relaxing outdoors with friends. Casual, low-key celebrations are the way to go during summer months. One great party idea for summer is a summer movie night. Grab some popcorn and your favorite movie and get ready for the perfect summer party!
Decide on Where to Have the Party
Movie parties can be held either indoors or outdoors during the summer months. If you’ll be hosting your party indoors, make sure to consider your viewing area. It’s imperative to have a large television or movie screen with plenty of seating options. If your viewing room does not have enough seating, bring in chairs or couches from other rooms in your house.
If you are hosting an outdoor movie night, the most important considerations are the movie projector and screen. First, secure a projector if you do not already have one. Projectors can be rented through an online rental service or even at some public libraries. For a DIY movie screen, a white painter’s drop cloth from the local hardware store makes a fairly sturdy screen, whether you decide to build a simple frame, hang the cloth on a privacy fence, or stretch it between two large trees in your backyard. For seating, ask guests to bring their favorite lawn chair and set out blankets on the ground. Make sure to have a few extra blankets on hand in case the temperatures drop.
Lots of great snacks are a must have for a movie night party! Since movie nights will start around dusk, most guests will have already eaten dinner. But, you should still have plenty of snacks for guests to nibble on during the movie. Traditional movie snacks, such as popcorn, candy, and nachos, definitely work for a movie night. Make sure to have plenty of sodas and other drinks for guests to enjoy, especially if your party is outside on a hot summer night.
For a movie night that your guests will always remember, consider picking snacks and décor based on your movie choice. One fun idea is to choose a movie with an international feel. Here are a few good choices:
Mexican Themed Night - Choose a movie with a south of the border feel such as Nacho Libre, Zorro, The Three Amigos or for the kids – Despicable Me 2. Serve two types of margaritas for the adults and Mexican sodas or limeade for the kids. A burrito bar with chips is a great snack choice and easy to set up indoors or outdoors.
Indian Themed Night – Movies such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Namesake will set the mood for the evening. Fill your snack table with Indian appetizers, such as samosas, chicken tikka kabobs and pakoras. Mango lassi is a refreshing drink that will instantly cool off guests.
Italian Themed Night – Roman Holiday, Under the Tuscan Sun, and The Talented Mr. Ripley are all set in beautiful Italy. A make-your-own-pizza-bar would allow guests to make their own pizzas with their favorite toppings before the start of the movie. Put the pizzas in the oven once the movie starts and serve them to guests as they are cooked. Top off the night with Italian sodas and red wine.
Take advantage of the magic of a summer night and enjoy your favorite movie with friends and family! It might even become a fun summer tradition!