Summer is coming, which means there will be lots of long, warm evenings enjoyed outside. We recently hosted a backyard movie night for our son's birthday and thought it was such a fun and easy get together that we'd pass along some of our tips for hosting your own!
Step 1: Set up your screen & seating area
Dusty whipped up this screen with some extra wood pieces he had and an Ikea flat sheet. He basically took two thin pieces of wood and used a nail gun to sandwich the sheet between the pieces of wood on each side. Then he put another piece of wood along the top to keep it sturdy. He also sawed the ends of the wood at an angle on either side to make them sharp enough to stake into the ground. There are lots of tutorials online for other ways to DIY a backyard movie screen if this is too much woodworking for you! We bought a little projector to keep on-hand but I've heard people say you can get an app for your iPhone to project movies?! Not sure if that works but leave a comment if you have tips on that!
Step 2: Blankets and pillows!
We layered lots of Mexican blankets and scattered some comfy pillows for guests to sit on. We also had a few chairs people could pull up to make sure there were lots of different options!
We kept the palette pretty neutral with our Whitecap blanket, Driftwood blanket & Trestles blanket.
Step 3: Snacks
Keep it classic! Popcorn and s'mores were our snacks of choice for this party. We pre-made little s'mores kits for the guests so they each had their own container for chocolate, marshmallows & graham crackers.
We had a big tub of popcorn and let our son serve scoops into little paper bags I found on Etsy.
Step 4: Goody bags
These are totally not necessary but add to the fun if you have kids at your backyard party! While we were waiting for the sun to set, we let the kiddos put on some of our temporary tattoos. Once the sun went down, we brought out a bunch of glow stick bracelets and the kids made necklaces and stacked the bracelets up their arms! It makes a fun little addition to the party for the littles.
Featured: 100 Layer Cakelet / Photography: Taryn Kent / Mama/Planning: Julia of San Diego Songbird / Design Inspiration: Beijos Events E-Celebrate / Signage: Studio BDR / Invitations: Twinkle & Toast / Gram’s Grub Snack Stand & Movie Screen: Rael Made / Cookies: Raechal’s Custom Cookies / Extra Seating/Lounge Rentals: Pow Wow / Blankets: Gunn & Swain