Backyard Movie Night Tips

Big thanks to our friend and lifestyle blogger Kristy for sharing her backyard movie night with us. We loved her helpful tips to make it special for your kids, but fun and easy for Mom and Dad to make it a smash hit! Check out all the ways she took this traditionally indoor activity outside.

It’s summertime! That means magical movie nights outdoors, yummy sunset treats, and lots of family time. As we look for new ways to jazz up our typical activities, a backyard movie night can be a great way to bring the fun outdoors!


Start at Dusk

It’s hot here in Texas, as I’m sure is the case for most of you wherever you are. Best tip: start at dusk when the sun starts to go down and the temps start to drop a bit.

patio movie
Photo: @kristy7graces

Make Dessert Dips

Dips are ideal for grazing!

We made S’mores Dip on the grill using mini cast iron skillets. It was super easy and fun for the kids! And, we didn’t have to bother with making s’mores over and over again. We kept the graham crackers and fruit for dipping on a large tray which made it easy for everyone to choose what they wanted.

This Strawberry Cheesecake Dip was delicious!

Have a Picnic Spread

We went all out with the picnic spread. I loved creating a charcuterie board with a Lazy Susan, cheese tags, and paper labels.You can’t forget the plates and napkins when taking your movie night outdoors, so I set up all of ours in a wicker serving caddy.

Photo: @kristy7graces

Bring on the Popcorn

Of course, it wouldn’t be a movie night without popcorn! I love, love, love using a microwave popcorn maker. The collapsible silicone bowl pops the corn and makes it easy to add your favorite popping oil or butter. So cool! The whole family gobbles it up.

Photo: @kristy7graces

Pick a Movie Everyone Loves

Since we have a TV on our back patio, picking a movie to stream is the hardest thing we have to set up. My kids love all the cutest movies right now, so we went with The Good Dinosaur.

Diffuse Some Citronella

Don’t let bugs bother you when you’re trying to eat and enjoy a movie. I love diffusing citronella with a cordless diffuser. It keeps the bugs at bay.

Photo: @Kristy7graces

Movie night success!

Who’s planning an outdoor movie night now? Show us your backyard fun by using #howipamperedchef on your social posts this summer!

Kristy Moreno is author of Seven Graces blog. She’s a former high-school English teacher living in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. She loves writing, blogging, reading, watching well-written TV shows, listening to good music, running, shopping, traveling, eating and baking, and growing in her faith.

6 Responses to Backyard Movie Night Tips

  1. Judith M. Shelton July 9, 2020 at 1:43 pm #

    It was very informative and you did a good job presenting it. I picked up some good ideas to use with my family.

    Thank you

  2. Terry July 9, 2020 at 2:59 pm #

    I really want to try this!!! I guess grandmas and grandpas can be cool, right?

  3. Joed Hill July 9, 2020 at 3:03 pm #

    Fun ideas. Yummy 😋

  4. Lisa Packer July 16, 2020 at 11:46 am #

    I am going to try to organize an outdoor movie night this summer. This looks fun and yummy.

  5. Katrina July 17, 2020 at 7:40 am #

    Love all of these ideas!

  6. Katrina Akera July 20, 2020 at 8:53 pm #

    Great ideas. Will have to have a movie night outside!!!

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