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How to Have an Outdoor Summer Movie Picnic Party

Enjoy a classic movie with family and friends in the comfort of your own backyard by having an outdoor summer movie picnic party.


  • Step 1: Rent or buy a projector Set up your projector. If you do not own one, you can borrow, rent, or buy one.
  • Step 2: Put up screen Put up your screen. You can buy, rent, or make your own screen if needed.
  • TIP: Make your own movie screen with white bed sheets, PVC poles, and grommets.
  • Step 3: Hook up cables and speakers Hook up your speakers to the DVD projector and choose a classic movie for the night. Play a bit of the movie beforehand to make sure it's in focus and on the screen.
  • Step 4: Invite people Invite family and friends for a fun-filled night under the stars. Make sure you have insect repellant in case of uninvited guests.
  • Step 5: Set up food Ask everyone who is coming to bring a dish for your outdoor picnic. Vegetables and dip, grilled chicken, assorted cheeses, and fruit salad are great picnic food choices.
  • Step 6: Make popcorn Make popcorn, have an assortment of chewy and crunchy candy, and a selection of refreshments. Start a crackling fire and make s'mores.
  • Step 7: Enjoy the movie Find a spot on a blanket or find an empty chair and enjoy your outdoor summer movie picnic party.
  • FACT: The Hershey Company makes more than 373 million milk chocolate bars a year, enough to make 746 million s’mores.

You Will Need

  • An DVD projector
  • A movie screen
  • Speakers
  • A movie
  • Family and friends
  • Insect repellant
  • Food
  • Popcorn
  • Candy
  • Refreshments
  • A bonfire
  • Blankets and chairs
  • White bed sheets (optional)
  • PVC poles (optional)
  • Grommets (optional)

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