We'll Always Have Paris: How to Host an Unforgettable Outdoor Movie Night


By Eva Recinos Sometimes even your weekend plans can start to feel routine. In lieu of eating at the same brunch spot or visiting your usual bar, why not do something totally bold and unexpected? Why not, for example, host your own outdoor movie night? The process is simple: set up your favorite movie in a backyard or on a rooftop space and tell friends to bring pillows and blankets. Add popcorn and drinks for a relaxing night that lets you enjoy some fresh air and great company. We found a few gorgeous examples that prove just how stylish an outdoor screening can look. For each variation, we created moodboards with affordable items in mind, because throwing a movie night shouldn't have to break your budget (and you already have the regular movies for that!). Check out our suggestions for planning a chic outdoor movie night your friends won't soon forget: Image via 100 Layer Cake

cozy rooftop screening

A rooftop space not only lets you watch a movie while enjoying a nice breeze, but also provides a great view as a backdrop. We love the way this layout keeps the decor simple. A long table on the side holds snacks while sleeping bags with blankets and pillows create a space to lay down. Definitely a cozy way to enjoy your favorite movie. Inspiration Image via Anthropologie.

simple and cute

We've noticed quite a few blogs suggest that you use a makeshift screen from a sheet. That definitely helps you save money on renting a screen and also creates a very relaxed, DIY theme. Style your sheet screen with a pom pom garland and string lights for added pizzazz. Lay a blanket out on the ground and keep popcorn nearby with a simple serving tray. Inspiration Image via babble.

rustic and chic

If you've got outdoor furniture already, make good use of it by propping it near your screen of choice. Just add some pillows, lanterns and other accents to make the space feel chic yet welcoming. We love the use of brown in this layout especially when contrasted with bright decorative vases. Inspiration Image via House & Garden.

shabby chic movie night

For a unique girls' night, invite friends over to settle onto your shabby chic backyard. Find crates to decorate with candles, vases and more; pair these with floral pillows and soft blankets. This theme will make your movie night feel like a countryside getaway. Inspiration Image via 100 Layer Cake.

ultra chic get-together

This outdoor movie party doesn't skimp on the chic design details. Using white furniture with bright accents gives the whole space a modern look. Don't forget to add enough pillows and blankets to make your guests feel warm and cozy. Inspiration Image via Bella Bargains Blog.

popcorn time

We especially love the idea of giving your guests popcorn bags to munch on. If you browse through Etsy, you can find quite a few affordable options for seriously cute snack bags. Use glass jars and simple metallic serving bowls to present your goodies. For extra lighting, consider using string lights or lanterns — both of which you can find for great prices online or in stores. All these elements come together for a fun display of the best movie night bites. Inspiration Image via prairie hive.

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