Fall Family Fun – Outdoor Movie Night

Colonial LanternsOutdoor movie nights in your own backyard can be a way to watch a great movie while enjoying the great outdoors. Here are a few ideas to turn your back yard into your own place to view that favorite movie. Invite friends and neighbors for some outdoor fun. Have the adults bring a lawn chair and the kids bring blankets to sit on the ground.

Option/Idea One: Simply take an extra T.V. and move it to the backyard in a suitable location for sitting or lying on a blanket. Or use a card table. If you have a small portable DVD player or an old VHS player, this will have to go out with the T.V.

A spare set of speakers to go along with the T.V. will make the experience even better. However, remember that not all of your neighbors may agree, so make sure the audio portion is appropriate.

Option/Idea Two: relocate a computer that plays DVDs. With the proliferation of flat-screen monitors they tend to be light and easy to move. A good solid table or stand are probably the main considerations so as to limit the exposure of your pricey computer system to the elements.

Sturbridge Braided RugFor those that have a laptop, consider locating the laptop and a decent viewable screen to the desired place in the backyard as laptops are portable and offer much more flexibility. A flat screen or standard T.V. may work depending on your laptop’s monitor output capabilities. Most modern laptops offer several options to put the screen on TV’s for photo viewing and that can be extended to allow DVD player software to be viewed as well.

Option/Idea Three: An overhead projector. If you don’t have one at home, you may be able to rent one. Connect a laptop or portable DVD player to the projector system on a table and prepare a surface for projecting the image. The best and quickest way to get the movie projected is to either shoot it onto the side of the house or strategically place a large white sheet in an appropriate place.

For a screen, here’s where you can get creative. A white or light surface is the desired area for any projection. Using a white sheet gives you limitless options. Throw a rope between two trees and drape the sheet or if your house is of a darker color, tape or secure the white sheet to the side of the house.

Make hot apple cider and kettle corn as snacks. Kettle corn is simple to make with popcorn kernels, sugar, oil and a dash of salt. Eating popcorn outside means no clean up!

Outdoor movie night can add excitement and make the ordinary a little more extra-ordinary. Kids love being outside and an outdoor movie could top off any movie night as well as make it special.

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