We have plenty of inspiration for your cinematic soirée

This summer, swap out your usual Netflix on the couch for something way more exciting—an outdoor movie night! Stock up on popcorn, invite some friends, and set up a movie screen in the backyard. We’ve rounded up plenty of inspiration for your cinematic soirée, from decor ideas to irresistible snack options. The only thing you’ll have to worry about: which movie will it be? This list will give you some great ideas. 

Go Big with Printable Decor

outdoor movie night decorations
Hostess with the Mostess

Your backyard will be ready for an outdoor movie night in no time thanks to these fun printables from Hostess with the Mostess. There are signs to welcome your guests, DIY popcorn boxes, and even a checklist to help keep track of party prep. 

Make Sure It's a Stress-Free Setup


If you're at a loss on what projector set up to purchase, make it easy on yourself with CINEMOOD. This three-inch rechargeable cube allows you to connect to WiFi and stream Netflix, Amazon Prime, or YouTube, or download content to use when offline. It even comes with educational Disney content included on the device.

Get Inspired with Boho-Inspired Decor

Camille Styles

Need decor inspiration for your outdoor movie night? We love this party put together by Camille Styles, complete with fluffy pillows, low tables, and draped lights. 

Set It Up on the Back Porch or Deck

Who says you need a sprawling lawn for an outdoor movie night? A patio, deck, or even a back porch will work too.

Related: 13 Award-Winning Movie Night Ideas the Kids Will Love

Use Inflatable Chairs for Seating

An easy way to wow with an outdoor movie night is to use clear inflatable chairs. Just be sure it’s a cool night to avoid being stuck once the movie is over!

Use Mattresses as Chairs

Whether it’s an overnight party or if you want to give your guests a way to stretch out, we think using blow-up mattresses is nothing short of genius.

Arrange Tiered Seating

Just like in a real movie theater, arrange your chairs so that everyone has a good view.

Keep It Simple

The easiest way to decorate for an outdoor movie night? Grab blankets, throw pillows, and be done with it.

Related: Creative Snacks That Turn Movie Night into a Big Deal for Your Kids

Make Kid-Themed Charcuterie Boards

A table full of kid-friendly snacks is always a way to make sure you have something every guest will like. Check out our favorite summer charcuterie boards here to be inspired.

Have a Popcorn Station

popcorn for outdoor movie night
Corina Rainer via Unsplash

A movie night isn’t complete without popcorn! Check out our roundup of delicious popcorn recipes to find the perfect pick for your party.

Have Plenty of Dessert Options

Lisa Hanly via Unsplash

What’s for dessert? You can go with classic movie candy, or, for something different, set up a cookie bar! Need recipes? Check out our favorites here

Add S'mores Too

Kelly Sikkema via Unsplash

If you’ve got a fire pit, now’s the time to use it to its full potential! But even if you don’t, you can still make s’mores—click here for all our favorite recipes including the ultimate s'mores dip!

Build Your Own Outdoor Movie Theater

The Horticult

Okay, so you might want to just file this one under “dream backyard”: The Horticult has built a wow-worthy theater in their own garden. Click here to get all the details on how they did it, including 3D sketches!


Related: 20 Summer Movie Night Picks That’ll Please Your Whole Crowd


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