Backyard Movie Night Returns

One of our favorite summertime activities is hosting movie nights in our backyard.  We put out blankets, roast marshmallows, and pull out our popcorn maker.  This is basically how we make and keep friends. wink.
The weather has been really weird this summer so we have only put this on twice so far.  We are hoping to fit a few more in before the summer is over. 
Lanterns, white lights, and a blazing fire pit are the perfect ambiance for movies under the stars.
I have gotten a lot of questions about how we put on movie night so here is a little more info on the technicalities:
-The projector and screen were bought for our wedding slide show.  Something my husband has wanted for years.  It is pretty legit as for the quality, but I couldn’t tell you more than that.  Because it was for our wedding, we could rationalize spending a couple hundred dollars on the system, and obviously, it is getting put to good use!  Depending on how quality of a picture you want will determine how expensive it all gets.  We also have things like speakers and output cables lying around which make the whole thing work together.  We bought ours from Fry’s {on sale, of course, you must do your research!} which has a wide selection and price ranges.  Basically, my husband understands it all and is willing to set it up which makes movie night happen.
-When we put in a new sprinkler system and garden against our back fence last summer, my husband ran electrical as well.  This allows us to have lights and hanging lanterns all over our yard without having to run a bunch of extension chords {though we do have a few}.
-We take the time each spring to put this all up to enjoy all summer.  My husband and parents are very patient and helpful to lend a hand to set everything up each year.  My husband also loves to entertain so he puts up with my decorating perfectionism.  Come winter, we take it all down. 

What is your favorite summer activity?


  1. You inspire me! Love it. Can't wait to have our own house one day. This look so fun! I was thinking getting supplies and trying to do this at a small park area and invite our friends form church and other people around we may not even know :) Would be kind of neat.

  2. Oh, I just love this! Would love to do something like this, although it doesn't get dark until nearly 10pm here :( I also love all the white lights ~ it is just magical!

  3. Love this!! What a fun idea!

  4. I love your backyard! I so need to utilize my backyard. It's nice where you live at night, here it's still humid and HOT! So my favorite time activity is counting down to fall ;)

  5. I just love these when you do them! I need to figure out how to do them at my house, it would be so much fun!

  6. This is such a great idea. A friend of mine does something similar in her pool and has a ladies night where we swim and watch a chick flick. @Jessica, our pastors had a block party one time in the front of their house. They had grills and little fire pits to roast marshmallows and put up a screen to show movies. The kids even had water balloon fights before it got dark. It really brought the neighborhood together. :-D

  7. So much fun! your friends must love you!

  8. this looks amazing! I'd love to through a summer party like this:) the lanterns and lights set a perfect mood. what a fun tradition to have. You and your husband do the cutest things together!

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  10. Looks like you had a lot of fun! Jealous of the s'mores... they're my weakness :)

    Hope to see you soon!!

  11. Gah...I want to be your friend! :) I had my husband put up cute lights around our back porch as "mood lighting." I love it, he doesn't quite get the point...but it's been too hot to even use them really. I'm hoping we can host our own s'more parties once fall rolls around...and I just may have to throw in some lanterns like you did!

  12. Wow what a great idea. You do a great job in creating a cozy ambiance.
    How nice to spend some time with friends and family enjoying a movie surrounded by great lighting.

  13. Great idea and your back yard looks amazing!

  14. This is such a nice idea to get family and friends together during the weekends. A movie marathon would be extra awesome!

    I love your lighting, by the way. So pretty! :)

  15. I LOVE that you do this! I wish we were real life friends so I could come to one of these amazing nights! How fun :)

  16. Loooove this! Your photos are awesome?! I'm including two of them in a Backyard Movie Ideas post that I'm doing on my blog (linked back to this post). Fantastic inspiration!!
    : )


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