Outdoor movie night
Cities around the country offer movie screenings in parks and on beaches and rooftops, but nothing beats the intimacy of your own home. By hosting your own outdoor movie night, you get to choose your snacks, the flick you watch, and most importantly, the guest list.
Menu: By choosing an easy-to-eat food, you can get the movie started quickly, and guests who arrive late can just help themselves and join in on the fun. Grilled pizzas are an awesome summer meal, and you can customize them to match everyone’s palates. Simply coat your dough in a little olive oil, then toss it on the grill till it’s crispy. Not sure where to begin when it comes to toppings? Start simple with mozzarella, crushed tomatoes, garlic, prosciutto, and basil.
Decorations: So many blankets and even more pillows. Seriously, just cover your entire yard with them and let people chill out. To add to the already cozy vibe, string some LED lights on the deck and around the movie screen, and scatter some floating candles around the yard. Pro tip: If you use essential oils in the candle water (like citronella, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, and lavender) they can help keep those pesky mosquitos away.
The one thing your guests won’t see coming: Your guests definitely assume there will be popcorn, but what they probably won’t predict is a popcorn BAR. For this you’ll need some brown paper bags (the kind you haven’t seen since middle school), a ton of kernels, candy, and some mason jars. Decorate a table or bar cart with mason jars filled with all your favorites. We’re talking M&M’s, Milk Duds, marshmallows -- you name it. Your guests will be able to grab a bag and fill it with popcorn plus all the trimmings. Movie night never tasted so good.