image from Cinema Retro
I have fond memories of going to the drive-in movies with my parents on summer nights. We’d drive twenty minutes to a field in the middle of nowhere, Pennsylvania (or so it felt). We’d be dressed in our pajamas, with pillows and blankets in tow.
We’d pop the trunk and fold down the back seats of our sedan (we thought it was so cool to sit in the trunk) and tune to the right radio station just in time for the corny commercials. The first movie was always family friendly, but I tried really hard to stay awake for the much cooler, grown-up movie. Then inevitably, my sister and I would fall asleep before the late movie ended.
So this summer, my hubby and I wanted to recreate those nights. The drive-in closed down years ago, so we got a projector and a classic summer movie, some popcorn and treats and we had ourselves an outdoor movie night in the backyard.
Note: Our backyard movie night was hosted in our city backyard. If you live in the city or somewhere noise might be a problem, make sure you get a noise permit with the city.
What: Backyard Movie Night
For: However many of your friends can fit in your backyard
When: Friday or Saturday summer night
What to Eat: Popcorn (the obvious choice). Dress it up with truffle oil and parmesan cheese, or set up a station where you can add your own toppings to popcorns like powdered cheese (just use the cheese powder from Kraft macaroni and cheese), smoked paprika, nutritional yeast, cinnamon sugar and flavored butters. Buy candy in bulk and divide it into little baggies to hand out.
What to Drink: Bottled Coke with straws. If that’s too pricey, cans of soda will do. There’s just something about drinking Coke from a bottle that so nostalgic. Don’t forget the fun straws!
How to Set the Scene: Have friends bring their own blankets and pillows to lay out in your backyard under the stars. Then project a movie onto a white sheet or projector screen. You can rent a projector–probably the most expensive part of this party–but it’s well worth it.
Attire: Encourage friends to wear pajamas like we did when we were young.
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