Try these 10 tips for a memorable backyard movie night

The Wemax Go is the perfect partner for the Wemax screen. This small projector features patented ALPD® laser technology that produces a 300 ansi lumen double bright display. That’s a lot of words to say it’s bright enough to see comfortably at night and the color on this thing is amazing. With built-in Wi-Fi, you don’t even have to worry about another cable. However, you can also connect via HDMI.

One of the best things about the Wemax Go is the big reveal. Get your friends comfortable and cozy and let them look around the garden for the projector. You might be expecting one of those giant film projectors that you have to throw in another room just to cover up the sound. Then, when you’re worried, pull this projector out of your pocket and let the movie begin. Barely larger than a smartphone with a projected image of up to 100 inches, your friends will love a lot of movies.

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6. Create a soundscape

Your backyard may be a cozy paradise against the trials of the world, but it’s still outside. That means cars, people, dogs barking, cats howling, and so many other unpredictable sounds you don’t want to play during a tense moment in your favorite movie. Because of this, you do a lot more than just throw down a Bluetooth speaker and call it a day.

If that backyard movie night goes well, you’re going to want another one. To that end, you can make a semi-permanent installation of outdoor surround sound speakers, and they’re just plain worth it. There are plenty of guides online on how to set up outdoor surround sound, but it doesn’t take much. All you need is some quality speakers and some treble. Place your speakers over where people will be sitting and point them toward a focal point. You can’t surround everything, but you can wrap your cinema seat in a soundscape that immerses you in every scene.

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7. Select the movie

It’s a rookie mistake to pick the film early. But when your space is mostly set up, you know who’s coming, and you know what the mood will be like, it’s time to actually pick the movie (or movies!). There are a few ways to do this.

Some party planners like to keep their options open well into the night. You can use a streaming service with the right type of movies and vote once everyone is together. Democracy is fun, but it can also be annoying when you can’t agree. You could add a little planning and send out a poll to all your guests and see what movie they want from a curated list. That way you’re more likely to get a set answer, but what if there’s a 50/50 split? Tiebreakers are time wasters.

The easiest way to choose a movie is to select a movie. Check in with your guests to make sure they look forward to it, but this way you can skip some thinking. If after the first screening everyone wants another film, you can use one of the other methods.

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8. Pull out all the stops when it comes to snacks

Popcorn is a given. As in popcorn, it should be given to your guests readily and with options for toppings. But you don’t have to stop at traditional movie snacks. Popcorn is easy. Themed snacks are more exciting and let your creativity run wild.

Are you all getting together to watch a Victorian drama? Bring out the platter and the pickle sandwiches. Is it a Disney movie? In the spirit of family and togetherness, have everyone bring a dish. Zombie movie night? There are many guides to spooky snacks. In fact, if you’re at a loss, just do a little quick research because you’re certainly not the first to stand in a kitchen and draw a blank.

9. Pour themed drinks!

This depends heavily on who your audience is. When kids are present, get creative with juice, fruit, and sodas. If it’s adults only, you’ll probably use the same ingredients as well, and then maybe add alcohol.

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Sometimes the work for this one gets done for you. Movies love to feature an iconic drink and these are easy to copy. If it’s spy movie night of some sort, your friends might love a dry martini. Shaken not stirred. If you want an even simpler solution, you don’t even have to prepare any special drinks. Instead, get out your craft supplies and some cheap mugs and throw a mug decorating party the week before your movie night.

10. Make a plan for after the movie

The flaw with any date that eats dinner and then goes to the movies is that you can’t really talk during a movie. You may laugh as a group or recite lines you know, but there is no conversation until the film is over. So plan something fun after all of it has been worked up from a great movie.

Break out some classic board games and share your favorite bits from the film while munching on all the snacks and drinks.

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