There鈥檚 nothing quite like making the most out of聽a warm summer聽evening with聽an outdoor movie night. Of course, we don鈥檛 mean聽any kind of outdoor movie. You want to make聽sure you鈥檙e throwing an epic movie night complete with chic concession trays, comfy cushions and glam marquee lights. If you aren鈥檛 sure where to start, scroll on to find out what all the聽fuss is about. Thanks to these modern movie essentials, your backyard movie night will be one your friends, family and neighbors will keep talking about long after the credits roll.


1.聽Daybed: It鈥檚 no secret that comfy seating is an essential for a successful outdoor movie. Ensure your backyard event starts and ends strong by providing聽a comfy daybed for your movie attendees to sit back and really *relax*. To make an instant聽daybed,聽throw a mattress onto a聽wooden platform and comfy it up with plush聽pillows.聽(via Proper)

movie list

2.聽Summer Movie Musts List: Go all out with your decorations with a colorful movie poster. If the movie you鈥檙e planning to show is one of the聽films featured on this list, head on over to Studio DIY to get the free printable.聽Pro tip: For the most affordable option, print聽the list out at your local office supply store.聽(via Studio DIY)

acrylic tray

3. Acrylic Tray: Filled with popcorn, candies, nachos and your favorite drink, snack boxes are a must-have to ensure聽the ultimate movie experience. Step up the traditional cardboard movie kits with sleek and modern acrylic trays you can get at the Container Store.聽(via Studio DIY)


4. Fruit Kozys:聽Turn聽your favorite summer fruits into fab drink holders with this DIY project. To make this *juicy* fruit variety, you鈥檒l need聽plain holders, craft foam and sharpies.聽(via Sugar &聽Cloth聽/ Julep)

popcorn tub

5. Popcorn Toppings Bar: Your friends will love customizing their own snacks with their favorite toppings thanks to your聽popcorn bar.聽For an added personalized touch, create mini labels for each topping using cupcake toppers.聽(via Studio DIY)


6. Picnic Blankets:聽Can you believe these vibrant picnic blankets were once plain聽bed sheets? Head on over to our tutorial to find out how you can create聽this festive DIY blanket that鈥檚 affordable, washable and so cute.聽(via Brit + Co)

woven floor pouf

7. Woven Floor Pouf: Aside from picnic blankets, you can pretty up your ground seating with plenty of comfy cushions and poufs to go around. Thanks to soft and cushiony accents like this woven floor pouf,聽discomfort won鈥檛 be an issue.聽(via Brit + Co)


8. Vintage Marquee:聽Complete your backyard鈥檚 transformation into an outdoor theater with festive decorations like this vintage marquee. All you鈥檒l need for this affordable聽DIY is foam core, poster board and globe lights.聽(via Oh Happy Day)


9. Benches + Stools:聽Apart from providing the movie, one of the biggest priorities is ensuring your guests are comfortable. If your primary seating will be benches and stools, add a couple throw pillows and blankets for extra *oomph*.聽(via vtwonen)

canvas screen

10. Side Tables: On the other hand, if you鈥檒l be sticking to ground seating, add a few side tables or poufs-turned-tables to give your guests a flat surface to place their snacks and drinks. Of course, you can always give your guests options for both ground and聽chair seating.聽(via Camille Styles)

epson projector

11.聽Projector: Amid all the movie night preparations, don鈥檛 forget this vital component! If you don鈥檛 already have a projector, make sure to test it out one or two聽days before the big event to make sure things will go smoothly.聽(via Camille Styles)


12. Sling Beach Chair Makeover:聽If you don鈥檛 have dozens of chairs on hand, you can always ask your friends to bring their own seating. Otherwise, you can DIY basic beach chairs by giving them bright and bold聽graphic covers using fabric paint.聽(via Studio DIY)

popcorn bar

13. Popcorn Bar: As we mentioned before, a聽proper movie night isn鈥檛 complete without a popcorn bar. Set aside tubs of different topping options or pre-mix popcorn with various聽toppings to speed things along before the movie.聽(via聽Ruth Eileen Photography聽/聽Style Me Pretty)

popcorn cones

14.聽Popcorn Paper Cones: Whip up plenty of paper cones for added convenience for your聽friends and family. They鈥檒l appreciate being able to easily scoop a cone full of popcorn before adding their choice of toppings.聽(via Melissa Esplin)

seat cushions

15. Seat Cushions: Combine color-dipped chairs with these colorfully聽patterned cushions for the ultimate chic seating option. They鈥檙e so pretty you won鈥檛 have to worry about what to do with聽them once your movie night is over 鈥 proudly display them as bright home decor. 聽(via聽Brit + Co)


16. S鈥檓ores: Cater to聽everyone鈥檚 favorite part of spending time outdoors by creating a mini s鈥檓ores bar. Make a mini one for each group of friends or one designated booth for everyone to gather 鈥檙ound聽before the movie.聽(via聽Marianne Taylor Photography聽/聽Style Me Pretty)

string lights

17. Outdoor Lights: Whether you go with string lights, lanterns or both, make sure you keep your backyard well-lit. The subtle glow will keep friends from tripping over one another or fumbling around in the dark for their food and drink.聽(via Making Lemonade)

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