throw a backyard movie party
This entire party plan is a DIY blockbuster—plus you may not have to buy a thing!
STEP 1: THE CASTING CALL (INVITE YOUR GUESTS)
STEP 2: SCOUT YOUR LOCATION AND SET THE SCENE
One easy option is to set up a DVD player or laptop, a projector, and a couple speakers (your home stereo or computer speakers should be fine). If you don’t have a projector, try your local library; many lend them out for a small fee. Want to try something fun? Turn your smartphone into a projector using a shoebox and a magnifying glass! Search online to find instructions.
Got trees? Simply hang a white bed sheet between them. Sew a seam at the top and bottom of the sheet wide enough for a rope. Feed ropes through and tie tightly to the trees (you may want to hang a darker sheet behind it). No good trees? Hang your sheet on a wall or fence (you may want to add binder clips to the bottom to weigh it down). Want to keep it super simple? Project directly onto a wall or garage door.
String lights add beauty to any setting. Loop them around trees, across your movie screen and anywhere that will help guide the way for your guests. Don’t want to bother with cords? Use battery-operated lights instead. Another ambience-improving idea? Make your own hanging tin can luminaries... it’s super easy!
Wow your guests as they walk into your party with this darling wood “Movie Night” sign. With our printable template and a few basic supplies, you can make this sign in minutes! (Of course, you can skip the printing and hand letter the sign freehand.)
36” x 5.5” piece of wood
Printable “Movie Night” template
Pencil (a white grease pencil or light chalk)
Black craft paint
White craft paint
Small paint brush
Paint wood piece with black craft paint using foam brush. Allow to dry.
Print and cut out the “Movie Night” letters.
Center each letter on the wood evenly, and use a white grease pencil or chalk to trace each letter onto the wood.
Use a small paintbrush to apply white paint, using your traced outlines as a guide. Allow to dry completely.
For a weathered look, use sandpaper to “distress” the wood.
STEP 3: GET COMFY + COZY
For an extra warm welcome, stack blankets near the party’s entrance so guests can grab one on their way in. The special guest star at the comfort station? OFF! Insect Repellent so guests can protect themselves from any mosquito bites. You don’t want guests who are “itching” to go home!
Download and print our comfort station sign!
These DIY cushion mats will get five star reviews! They’re easy to make and suitably luxurious for your low key, yet lovely, event. Just gather some colorful pillows and pillowcases, and in minutes you can make these easy-sew mats.
5 standard size pillows
5 standard size pillowcases
Align the long edge of two pillowcases, with open ends on same end.
Every few inches, pin the edges of two pillowcases together.
Use a sewing machine to sew the two pillowcases together, removing pins as you go.
Repeat process to attach the additional pillowcases. Insert pillows and set up on the lawn.
STEP 4: ACTION!