Missing the movie theater or just bored with your normal Netflix nights on the couch? Swap out your usual screen routine this fall for something way more exciting — a backyard movie night!  

Whether you’re planning a romantic evening for two or a socially-distanced soiree, we’ve rounded up five tips to help you create the perfect backyard movie night so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the show.

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We’ve been so intentional this year about doing things as a family that will create memories. Sometimes the easier thing to do is stay inside, watch a little Netflix, and put the kids to bed early ???????? but instead of the easy we have decided to do things that may be a little harder, but in the end create moments that we get to take with us forever. That’s so worth it to me! If you’re looking for some kid friendly fun this summer, I’ve talked all the details of this outdoor movie night on the blog. Come by and say hello! ☀️Uniquelytaylormade.com . . . . #outdoormovie #movienight #outdoorfun #summerfun #funoutside #funoutdoors #backyard #orangecounty #ocfun #funinthesun #backyardoasis #backyard_dreams #funwithkids #kidfriendlyfun #kidactivities #backyarddesign #plantlady

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Set up the screen

If you can plan in advance, try setting up your screen before the sun sets to take advantage of the daylight for a stress-free setup. You can buy an outdoor projector screen, or simply hang a white sheet!  

Light it up

Add the lights — but not too bright! Outdoor string and fairy lights provide just the right amount of lighting to avoid interfering with the screen. Zig zag all over the backyard for the ultimate mood lighting. 

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Make it cozy

When it comes to outdoor movie nights, keeping it cozy is key! Lay down picnic blankets or sheets, and bring out the cushions, bean bags, blankets, and throws — anything that’s going to keep you warm and comfy until the credits roll. 

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Where are you sitting????????? . It was definitely too hot to be indoors last night so we ate dinner and watched more Ozark right here! . Before anyone asks, the projector is old and borrowed and I've no idea about it except that it's Sony and it works ???? sorry! Also the screen is from Amazon ???????? . Enjoy your Saturday guys! . Outdoor table and sofa built by my husband, with cushions from Ikea a few years ago and its painted in Smudge by @frenchicpaint who I'm a brand ambassador for. . . . . #outdoorcinema #outdoorliving #gardenideas #gardencinema #movieprojector #movienight #gardenliving #gardensgoals #netflixandchill #netflix #ozark #gardenfurniture #outdoorsofa #gardensetup #gardeninspiration #gardeninspo #gardenlights #festoonlights #bohohome #gardendecor #outdoorplants #gardenplants #cornersofa #gardendiy #cinemascreen #cinemanight #outdoormovienight #gardencinema #frenchicpaint #parasol #showusyournewbuild

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Set up the projector

Once it gets dark enough, it’s go-time! These days you’ve got tons of options to choose from — from theater quality to budget and Bluetooth-enabled. We love CINEMOOD, a three-inch rechargeable cube that allows you to connect to WiFi and stream Netflix, Amazon Prime, or YouTube. 

Stock up on snacks

Because what’s a movie night without the snacks?! Order from your fave local pizzeria, pour the wine, pop that popcorn, and enjoy your night under the stars! 

xx, The FabFitFun Team