Outdoor Movie Night for Grownups

The nights are still long. Before they are over, invite the gang over for an evening of adult humor and cocktails. Ask your friends to hire a babysitter and come over after the kids are in bed and the sun has set.

Here is my list of ingredients to host a grown up backyard movie night. Plus, recipes that are sure to please more sophisticated tastebuds.


Basic Equipment  ::  You'll need a projector, screen, laptop, and speakers

There is a dizzying array of options when it comes to projectors. Keep it simple. This isn’t a film release night. The basic features to look for are the Lumens and Aspect Ratio.

Look for the following:

  • 2500 Lumens
  • 1024 x 768 Aspect Ratio

Buy, rent or borrow? Buying will set you back a few hundred dollars. Great idea if you want to host these monthly or rent out to others. Renting one for a day runs around $80 for the projector only. Check with your local library to see if they offer rentals or check with your employer's technology department to see if they offer loaners.

My Pick  >>  The easy and portable BemWireless Kickstand Portable Projector 

Screen Purchasing a portable projection screen will start around $130.  This is a best seller on Amazon.   Renting will cost about $40.  Are you a DIYer? Check out this tutorial.


I prefer a bluetooth speaker because I live in a small house and like the portability. An audiofile may disagree with me.

My pick >> Native Union Switch $129 I also love the Jam Classic for $30

Lux Blankets

Without Capri Suns running amok, you can feel comfortable using your finer linens for this evening. Raid your house for blankets, pillows, quilts and poufs. Here are 5 lightweight blankets for cool summer nights. Via Remodelista 

Spicy Popcorn

Cheesy Spicy Popcorn with Parmigiano Reggiano, Sea Salt, & Cayenne. Via The Kitchn

1 1/3 cups finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano, lightly packed 1/2 teaspoon fine salt, plus more to taste 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, chipotle, or smoked paprika, plus more to taste 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil 1/3 cup popcorn kernels

  • In a medium bowl, combine cheese, salt, and cayenne. Set aside.
  • In a large, heavy pot, heat the oil over medium high heat.
  • Add 3 popcorn kernels and cook uncovered until one or two pop.
  • Add the remaining popcorn kernels and cover the pot with an upside-down metal colander. Occasionally lift the pot from the stove and swirl or shake, holding the makeshift lid on with potholders.
  • Wait for the popping to begin; this should take less than a minute. Once popping commences at a steady rate (about 10 to 20 seconds after the first pop or two), carefully lift the colander and quickly sprinkle in 1/3 cup of cheese mixture.
  • Replace the colander and lift and shake the pot vigorously to distribute. Repeat this sprinkling process two more times throughout popping in order to get every kernel equally coated with cheese.
  • Transfer popcorn to a bowl and sprinkle remaining 1/3 cup cheese mixture on top. Lightly toss, season with additional salt and spices, if desired, and serve.

Spicy Cocktails

The Rodriguez Sour Via Refinery29 Hint...It's SPICY!!! XOShake and strain over a frosted glass filled with cubed ice.

1.5 oz Partida Blanco tequila .25 oz Green Chartreuse .75 oz lime .75 oz pineapple juice .5 oz jalapeno syrup

A Raunchy Movie

My Pick: National Lampoon's Animal House

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoS3-yHoaSY?wmode=transparent&autoplay=0&theme=dark&controls=1&autohide=1&loop=0&showinfo=0&rel=0&playlist=false&enablejsapi=1]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoS3-yHoaSY

A Throwback Invitation

Kids don't know what a VHS tape is. That makes this one from Paperless Post, my pick.

Cover Image via The Sweetest Occasion 

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