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10 Events & Parties Perfect for an Outdoor Movie (Screen)

outdoor movie screenWhen you think of an outdoor movie, it probably brings to mind nostalgic pictures of those old drive-in movies with the grainy pictures and classic cars. It’s time to replace those pictures with images of today’s outdoor movies, huge screens surrounded by people on blankets in your backyard or at a community summer party where people can watch from the comfort of their cars, on bleachers, in lawn chairs or on blankets. Right now outdoor movies are all the rage across the Midwest, because (most importantly!) they’re fun, the huge movie screens attract teens, families and everyone to parties and events, and outdoor movies give any party or event a unique form of outdoor entertainment—any event or party, such as our 10 favorites:

  • Baseball or softball game. Host a movie after or before a game as an extra incentive for your fans, a great way to end a softball tournament, a way to generate revenue with a movie in the parking lot or as a draw to your festival.
  • Summer festival or Fireman’s Picnic. Hosting a street or community summer festival? Preparing for your annual Fireman’s Picnic? Draw families down with a movie in the park, or end your summer festival with an outdoor movie so you can sell out your concession stand or host a movie at the pool in your park. Advertise a dinner and movie in the park for a fundraiser at your Fireman’s Picnic. The sky’s the limit for ways that you can use and market your outdoor movie.
  • Parking lot or ice cream drive-in movie. Want a way to say “thank you” to patrons of your restaurant or ice cream stand? Need a unique form of entertainment for your grand opening? Need a way to draw families in for more night business? Host a drive-in movie in your parking lot, and make sure you serve refreshments. Or make your drive-in movie a regular event, with regular revenue coming in.
  • Waterpark or pool party. Host the ultimate pool party at your pool. Keep everyone in the shallow end, and open up the refreshment stand so people can enjoy treats on the pool deck.
  • Block party. Want to meet and mingle with your neighbors? How about a pool party (think plastic flamingos) or glow-in-the-dark party with an outdoor movie? Make sure your guests know your theme. For a glow-in-the-dark party, think glow sticks and lighting that everyone can wear while watching the latest summer flick.
  • Birthday party. Looking to throw the next Sweet 16 birthday party that makes you a hero? Want to plan a birthday party that your friends text about all summer? An awesome birthday party requires more than good food, more than a lot of guests, more than free wi-fi. No, an awesome teen birthday party requires a “go big or go home” mentality (and we’re not just talking about the movie screen). An awesome birthday party requires the whole teen birthday party package: food, accessories and outdoor movies that keeps everyone going through the night.
  • Lake association party. If you’re looking for a way to get your lake association together, host an outdoor movie that people can watch from their boats. Choose an area for your movie, and spread the word. It’s a good way to get people’s attention, and let them know the benefits of your association.
  • Teen hangout. Want something fun for your church youth group to do? Do you need entertainment for your next teen group ice cream social? You provide the ice cream, and we’ll provide the big screen and AV equipment that’ll blow your teens away.
  • Sports team last game. Want to end your season with a bang? Have a get together at someone’s home, on the court or at the field after your last game of the season. Have someone make some popcorn and pass out glow sticks to the kids to your end-of-the-season outdoor movie.
  • Company picnic. If you want unique company picnic entertainment that shows your employees and their families how much you appreciate them, host an outdoor movie. Set up an ice cream sundae stand nearby and have your company managers serve, or hand out glow sticks to the kids. If you want another fun way to entertain the kids, rent a bounce house for some pre-movie entertainment. All together, it’s a sure-fire recipe for company picnic success.

Have any questions about how to make your outdoor movie night a reality? Ask us. We can answer any questions you might have, and can make sure that we fit your event with the outdoor movie screen that fits your party or event and budget. Best yet, we can make your vision of an outdoor movie a reality—and fun!

Backyard Party Planning 101: From Planning Until Awesome Party End

backyard partyIt’s a great time to plan a backyard party to celebrate an anniversary, mitzvah, birthday, new neighbor, new puppy, old friends, home owners’ association or really, anything. Any day is a good day for a party with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers…you get the idea. But do you have any idea where to get started with your party planning?

Date. For a backyard party, set the date that works for your immediate family and closest friends. Reserve a tent if needed. If your backyard party requires use of your street, such as a neighborhood block party, contact the authorities to find out what dates you can shut down your street.

Theme. Select a theme, and use it to plan your refreshments, decorations and entertainment, even if you use it in subtle ways.

Food. Food is an integral part of every party (you’ve heard the expression, “come for the food, stay for the party” right?), with many different options. If your party is being held in mid-afternoon, a luncheon, or a late evening affair, make your party an assortment of finger food and appetizers that fit with your theme. Having a party that spans the afternoon? Host a buffet meal, so you can have warm food for all your guests as they come.

Decorations. Choose decorations that fit the occasion and theme. If it’s lighting you wish, check with your deejay about dance party packages with bright lighting that sets the mood of your party.

Entertainment. Want a rockin’ party? Hire a deejay to set the mood. Deejays also have a few more benefits for a party, and can also provide lighting, jump houses, outdoor movie screens and glow sticks for a fun, entertaining night.

Keeping all your details organized is the key to successful party planning. Create a checklist and timeline so you can stay on top of things, or use one of these party planning apps. If you have questions about audio visual, lighting or entertainment, contact your deejay. An experienced deejay has seen a party or two (or three or a hundred) and can make recommendations about what they’ve seen work best. They’ll do their best to help make sure that a great time is held by all—from party planning until the last party guest leaves.