Memorial Day BBQ
The Creative Collection Link Party
Get Organized with Livible Labels
Grill Master Personalized Wood Sign
The Creative Collection Link Party
DIY Tea Cup Succulent Planters
Top 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Picnic

How to Plan an Outdoor Movie Night

Now playing on a lawn near you, a fun summer flick under the stars.  This summer kick-off the season with an outdoor movie night.  As the heat from the long summer days subsides and the evenings cool off it’s the perfect time to entertain guest.  We’ve partnered with Enbrighten Cafe Lights by Jasco to show you how easy it is to plan an outdoor movie night.

Movie Night Chalkboard Sign

Our family loves going to the movies, but it can get expensive when you have to buy high priced movie tickets and overpriced snacks for a family of five. For the same amount of money that it would cost for my family of five to go to the movies we can host our own outdoor movie night for lots of friends and family.

Grab A Treat Concession Stand

Planning an outdoor movie night is actually easier than it sounds.  Take a look at our favorite party must-haves and start thinking about what movie you’ll be playing on a lawn near you!

1. Greet your guest with a welcoming entrance.  

We used Engrighten Cafe Lights to create a movie star entrance for our outdoor movie.  As guest arrive they walk through the lit up path to the outdoor seating area and concession stand.  A chalkboard sign greets guest at the entrance with showtime details and blankets that each guest can grab to get cozy.

Movie Night Party

Light Path

While I was planning this outdoor movie party I wanted to create a special entrance that would wow our guest and enhance the party space. I decided to use the Enbrighten Cafe Lights by Jasco to create a walk way that not only made entering the movie area fun, but it also provided the perfect amount of ambient light once it got dark and the movie started. With the lit up path, guest could easily find their way to the concession stand and bathrooms. These lights are new to the market and come in a variety of sizes, are LED and energy efficient.  They are great for creating an intimate outdoor atmosphere or brightening up a party. I love that these heavy duty lights are designed to provide lighting for life with no bulbs to replace ever again.

2. Arrange comfortable seating.

You will want to make sure guest have cozy place to settle in for the movie.  Throw lots of blankets and pillows on the lawn and make sure you have extra blankets they can use to cover up.  You can also provide lawn chairs in the back for guest who don’t want to sit on the ground.

Blankets for Outdoor Movie Night

3. Serve movie themed snacks

One of the best parts of going to the movies is the concession stand. Create your own concession stand with lots of movie themed snacks.  I like to use my DIY lemonade stand to display a variety of candy, popcorn and drinks for guest to choose from.  Put out colorful paper bags for guest to scoop their popcorn into.

Movie Night Concession Stand

Lightbox Sign

Concession Stand Goodies

4. Set up a movie projector and screen

The key to a successful outdoor movie is having quality equipment to show your summer flick on. If you don’t have a projector and movie screen you can rent or buy one.  Or you can even use a flat white sheet to project your movie onto.  Either option works great, just make sure you have tested out the equipment and have it set-up and ready to go before guest arrive.

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5. Pick the Flick

Pick out one of two movies that you know all of your guests will love.  Since we usually have a wide variety of ages, we like to stick with classics that we know our friends already enjoy. Think big summer blockbusters, classic Disney movies, favorite comedies or old Westerns. Even if it’s a movie everyone has seen, watching it under the stars makes it a fun and new experience your guest will love.

Movie Reels

There really is nothing better than hanging out with friends and enjoying a cool summer night. Enlighten your life and plan an outdoor movie night to celebrate summer! And to help get you started our friends at Jasco want to give you your very own set of Enbrighten Cafe Lights.
Cafe Lights Giveaway

Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day BBQ Party

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer season, and with it comes the promise of carefree days, pool parties and BBQs. This year kick off the summer season with a Memorial Day BBQ. Outdoor entertaining is one of my favorite things because it doesn't have to be elaborate or costly.  All you need is simple and delicious food, great company and a festive atmosphere.  I am hanging out on the Tuesday Morning blog sharing everything you will need to throw your own festive Memorial Day … [Continue reading...]

The Creative Collection Link Party

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FAVORITES!   Simple As That Blog| Lemon Fluff Dessert The Savvy Apron| DIY Wire Spool Table Love Create Celebrate| Modern Industrial Bedroom Cookine With Curls| Southwest Salmon Bowl Your Hosts Jennie| Craft-O-Maniac Rebecca| The Crafted Sparrow Marie| Blooming Homestead Mariah| Giggles Galore An InLinkz Link-up … [Continue reading...]

Get Organized with Livible Labels

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A few days ago I ventured up into my attic to find a box of party supplies for a Memorial Day BBQ party I was putting together.  Dripping sweat and twenty minutes later, I finally found the box I was searching for.  Our attic is over-flowing with boxes of holiday decorations, party supplies, boxes of kids clothes and other various keepsakes. It is a tiny space, it's hot and it's almost impossible to find what you need without feeling frustrated.  Feed up with the disorganization I decided to get … [Continue reading...]

Grill Master Personalized Wood Sign

Outdoor GrillMaster Sign

Summer is upon us, and along with it comes grilling season. Our family loves firing up the grill and dining al fresco during the warm summer months. But, let's be honest when it comes to grilling I'm usually not the one in charge. My husband is the grill master around here, which is why I decided to make him this Grill Master Personalized Wood Sign. This DIY hanging sign will help him keep all his BBQ tools organized and handy while he is out manning the grill. This sign would make a great … [Continue reading...]

The Creative Collection Link Party

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Let's check out some favorites from last weeks party: Strawberries and Overnight Oats | Annies Noms Sawhorse Console Table Entry Way Display | Design, Dining, Diapers Colorful Upcycled Rainbow Planter | Hello Creative Family Bendy Flowers Tutorial | Heart Handmade UK Jen from Craft-O-Maniac Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow Marie from Blooming Homestead Mariah from Giggles Galore An InLinkz Link-up … [Continue reading...]

DIY Tea Cup Succulent Planters

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If you are like me and you don't have a knack for gardening or keeping anything alive for more than a few days, then you don't want to miss my latest craft project and tutorial on the Oriental Trading website.  I'm showing you how to create DIY Tea Cup Succulent Planters, to help add a little life to your decor. Succulents are a huge trend in home decor right now and the best part is they are easy to maintain and look beautiful. Succulents can thrive in the simplest of environments and are … [Continue reading...]

Top 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Picnic

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Picnics are one of my favorite things about summertime. It doesn't matter if it's the spur-of-the-moment sandwiches on the lawn, or the meticulously-planned feasts that you pack and take with you to an event. Seriously, what’s not to love about sitting out in nature, enjoying great company and a plate full of delicious food?  Today I am hanging out with my friends from World Market sharing my Top 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Picnic. With summer quickly approaching it's the perfect time to plan a … [Continue reading...]

Strawberry Watermelon Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Watermelon Salad

The other day we packed a picnic and headed outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather we've been having lately.  The perfect picnic has simple, delicious food and drinks that travel well.  This Strawberry Watermelon Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette is one of my favorite summer salads and absolutely perfect to take with you on a picnic or to a backyard BBQ. While it isn't quite summer yet, watermelons have started popping up at the grocery store.  My kids beg me to get one every time we are … [Continue reading...]

Cucumber and Onion Salad + Giveaway

Cucumber Onion Salad

It's that time of year again for backyard BBQs, pool parties, trips to the beach and dining al fresco. Outdoor entertaining is the best, it doesn't demand anything elaborate, just simple food and good company.  This Cucumber and Onion Salad will quickly become one of your go-to recipes this summer, it's light, refreshing and incredibly simple to make. As the weather turns warmer I can't think of anything better than moving the party outdoors. Which is why I am so excited to share my friend … [Continue reading...]