1) Pick the right spot You'll want to find a spot—could be a backyard, patio, porch, garage—where you can control the amount of light at night (in other words, don't plan one in your backyard if there's a bright streetlight that could ruin the fun). Not everyone has a backyard, so get creative with your space!
2) Provide the right equipment Your basic essentials are a movie player (like a DVD player or computer), a screen or side of a house, a projector and a sound system. Don't let that sound too complicated; it's easier to set up than you think. And don't let the price or technology scare you away; you can easily have an intimate movie night with a television set or computer brought outside, too.
3) Make sure you've got a good movie Consider the crowd that will be coming and choose accordingly. It could be a classic, a family-friendly one or a great comedy. We've rounded up a list of our Best Summertime Movies for Movie Night before.
4) Accommodate with comfortable seating You don't have to go out and buy fancy outdoor seating, blankets on the ground can be the perfect thing for a movie night, but plenty of affordable outdoor seating options can be found.
5) De-bug the area Consider spraying before guests arrive and have plenty of bug spray for guests. You don't have to douse yourself in harsh chemicals; they have lots of more natural options to repel bugs.
6) Utilize soft lights like candles You want it dark enough to see the movie, but you also want a little light for function and ambiance.
7) Don’t forget to get your neighbors involved An outdoor movie event could potentially be disturbing to the homes around yours, so let your neighbors know ahead of time your plans and maybe even invite them to the fun!
Do you throw outdoor movie nights? What are your tips for creating a fabulous outdoor movie night?