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Throwing the Perfect Outdoor Movie Party

6 May

As the weather starts to warm up and days become longer, there is no better way to celebrate than with an outdoor movie party! The low-key entertainment and lively outdoor setting make it the perfect way to celebrate an upcoming graduation, birthday, or memorial day weekend. Hire a company like FunFlicks to set up the movie for you or make your own screen by sawing black fabric behind a white sheet and surrounding it with a sturdy wood frame and rent or buy a movie projector. Movie projectors can be pretty pricy, but if you think that you may want to make outdoor movie nights a regular event, it’s worth investing in. Craigslist could also be a great resource to get a cheap projector.

Invitations: With the world of Facebook events and Evites, paper invitations have become rather obsolete, but internet invitations (even if they have animated dancing animals) cannot compare to beautiful, handmade invitations. Check out this cute tutorial for cheap and easy streamer invites, or find pre-made ones on Etsy.

Streamer Invites from Funkytime

Movie Party Invitation from Whirlibird on Etsy

Old Fashioned Invites from Michele Purner on Etsy


Flip empty crates upside down to serve as low-lying tables and  set up bean bags, lawn chairs, pillows, or blankets for movie watchers to lounge on. Check out flea markets for cheap seating options or ask your friends to bring their own. Vintage quilts and blankets can give your event a relaxed, yet hip indie vibe while allowing guests a great opportunity to cuddle up.

Add a touch of casual elegance by displaying mason jars with sliced lemons and white flowers from Handmade Wedding Invites

Photo Booth:

Buy inexpensive frames from a discount framing store or from a flea market, then buy or make your own accessories, and set up an area with a Polaroid camera or a designated photographer to take photos of your guests playing dress up.

Check out this photo station from A Vintage Affair

Buy these cute vintage-inspired photo props from Paper Source

Click here to download free printable photo props from Oh Happy Day

Picking the Movie: Of course, the movie that you choose widely depends on your audience. If it’s a kid’s movie night, Disney and Pixar classics like Finding Nemo or Up are Great. Or pick a 80’s movies like the Goonies or Princess Bride are sure to be a way for adults to reminisce, and kids to be introduced to great movies from before their time. For a slightly less kid friendly movie night, play Edward Scissorhands, The Graduate, The Breakfast Club, or Ferris Beuller’s Day Off. If you will be among movie buffs, play a universally revered movie like Fight Club, The Godfather, Pulp Fiction, Memento, Goodfellas, the Shawshank Redemption,  or Taxi Driver. You could also go the scary route with Seven, Silence of the Lambs, Psycho, Rosemary’s Baby, or the Shining. Or for a crowd of foodies, show mouth-watering films like Julie and Julia, Chocolat, Waitress, Sideways, or Marie Antoinette.

Menu: Minimize your workload by ordering pizza or barbecuing simple hamburgers and hot dogs, and instead focusing on making adorable bite-sized appetizers and tasty desserts.

Cash in on Summer’s cheap tomatoes and eggplants by making these sumptuous Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Mint from Smitten Kitchen

Fill store-bought filo shells with this Citrus Ceviche for an elegant appetizer from Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers

Serve these adorable bite-sized Three Cheese Mini Macs from Food and Wine

Serve up these quick and easy Chickpea Salad Lettuce Cups from Glamour

Make these colorful Quinoa stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Pine Nuts and Rasins from Gluten Free Goddess

Have an interactive food aspect to provide additional entertainment for your guests such as an ice cream sundae bar, s’mores bar, or this popcorn and soda bar from Design Sponge

Serve a healthy fruit or veggie option for guests to snack on in addition to their popcorn, such as these simple bags of cherries from Martha Stewart

Give guests the simple joy of a s’more, but without the hassle of an open flame with these adorable S’mores Cupcakes from Kevin & Amanda

Serve a sumptuous desert that takes full advantage of the season’s prime produce such as this lemon berry trifle from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Give classic brownies an upgrade with these Brownie Popcorn Bags from Bakerella

Replace your favorite candy with upgraded, homemade versions of the classic treat such as these Better than Milky Way Bars from Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake on Cravings of a Lunatic

Party Favors: Nothing makes as big of an impression as a sweet send off, so go the extra mile and send your guests home with something to remember the night by.

Send guests off with some movie fun for later with these adorable “Thanks for Popping By” popcorn party favors from Jac o’lyn Murphy

Give your guests a sweet send off with these cute daisy lollipops from Funkytime

Oscar Party Part 2: Setting the Stage

25 Feb

A few days ago I shared my Oscar Nominee-inspired menu, and now it’s time to take your Oscar party to the next level with games, decor, and other entertaining ideas.

Decor: We are keeping the decor super simple by covering the tables with star fabric and putting flowers in popcorn containers.You can also lay out a red carpet for guests to walk on as they arrive or layout fancy paper goods and champagne flutes.

Adorable Oscar flowers from Jack Fo blog

Games: Use any of these three games to keep people excited and mingling, instead of just falling into a tv-watcing stupor

1. As people start arriving, you can play an easy game of celebrity to get people mingling. Before the party write names of famous people on adhesive labels, then attach one to each guests’s back as he or she arrives. Then each guest has to ask other party guests yes or no questions in order to figure out the name on his or her own forehead.  The winner is the person who can figure out whose name is on their forehead by asking the fewest number of questions.

2. Before the awards ceremony starts, make sure that each person fills out an Oscar ballot. To make this game more fun, set up a candy bar in the Oscar-watching room and give each guest a bag that they can add one piece of candy to each time that his or her Oscar ballot prediction is correct. Award a prize after the Oscar ceremony to the person who has the greatest number of candies left in his or her bag. This variation makes the classic ballot game not just a test of prediction abilities, but of will-power to resist eating the candies too.

3. During the ceremony itself, play Oscar bingo, where people try to create rows, columns, or diagonals of 5 based on clichés listed on the bingo cards. Visit How About Orange for wonderful downloadable bingo cards and Oscar ballots.

Prizes: Give out creative Oscar-themed prizes for the winners of your Oscar-themed games. Plan on making 2-3 prizes for each game in case of a tie. Plus with these super practical gifts, if guests don’t win them all, you can save them to use yourself!

For celebrity give out STARbucks cards by attaching a Starbucks gift card to the winners.

For the winners of the Oscar ballot predictions, give out movie gift cards so that they can go see the rest of the Oscar-winning movies in theatres.

Give the winners of Oscar bingo iTunes gift cards so that can watch their favorite movies at home or on the go.

Party favors: Party favors are absolutely not necessary, but they can be a fun add on if you feel like going the extra mile. You could give out copies of your favorite movies, fake-oscars to match your guest’s personalities, cozy blankets for guests to snuggle up in during the awards ceremony, or a bucket of popcorn and candies for guests to have their own movie night at home. Check out the free printable party favor labels over at Paper and Pigtails

Great printable labels from Paper and Pigtails

Have a fabulous Oscar-watching night lovely readers! How are you spending your Sunday night?