The Joys of Summer: Outdoor Movie Night Fun with Friends

The Joys of Summer: Outdoor Movie Night Fun with Friends

Ah, summer. There's something magical about this time of year that makes everything feel a bit more vibrant and alive. One of my absolute favorite summer activities is hosting an outdoor movie night with friends. There's nothing quite like setting up a big screen under the stars, sitting by a cozy fire, and enjoying some great films with the people you love.


First things first, setting up the screen is always a fun project. We usually use a large blow up screen that Tim sets up and a portable projector, which works perfectly for our backyard setup. As the sun starts to set, we gather around the fire pit, arranging our chairs and blankets in the perfect viewing spot. There's a special kind of excitement in the air as we watch the sky transform from a warm orange to a deep, starry night.

 

And of course, what's a movie night without some delicious food? We love mixing up some classics to make the evening even more special. One of our go-to dishes is clam chowder. There's something so comforting about a warm bowl of this creamy, savory soup as we settle in for the movie.

Please note: The white wine in this recipe can be substituted with vegetable oil, chicken stock, and white wine vinegar.

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To add a bit of crunch and fun, we also make homemade cheese straws. These crispy, cheesy delights are always a hit and pair wonderfully with our chowder.

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As the movie starts, the crackling fire and twinkling stars create the perfect ambiance. Whether it's an old classic like "Casablanca" or a modern favorite like "The Greatest Showman," the experience is always enhanced by our outdoor setting. The laughter, the shared gasps during exciting scenes, and the collective sighs during touching moments make the night truly unforgettable.

One of my favorite parts of these evenings is just lying back and looking at the stars during a movie break. There's something so peaceful about staring up at the vast sky, feeling connected to nature and to each other. It's a gentle reminder of the simple joys in life and the importance of making time for moments like these.

As the night goes on, our bellies full and our hearts warmed, I often find myself reflecting on the beauty of these gatherings. They're more than just a fun way to spend an evening; they're about creating memories with friends, sharing good food, and appreciating the little things that make life special.

What are your favorite movies to watch under the stars? Do you have any special recipes or traditions for your own outdoor movie nights? I'd love to hear your ideas and stories!

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41 comments

What a wonderful idea…outdoor movie night…would love to be able to purchase items but living in Canada 🍁 is a bit of a restriction….youve got a shop full of Amazing things and hopefully in the near future it will be easier for us to buy…thank you.

Charlene Pynnaken

Where can we buy some of the things you have

Nancy Giannelli

This is such a fun a memorable activity to share with family and friends. Popcorn is my favorite, so I would be hooked just with that. Thank you for sharing and hope you enjoyed the show!

Crystal Fayton

How about some scary Halloween movies? 🎃

Betty Andrews

Melissa, your whole movie night idea and set-up is absolutely adorable. The food looks yummy amd your description of movie night memories under the stars sounds so inviting. Unfortunately, those of us who live in apartment buildings aren’t able to do this. But I am with you in prairie spirit! My top choices would be tv series….Little House on the Prairie (of course!) and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. I also love the Love Comes Softly series of movies ( which Michael Landon Jr. co-directed).

Vicki Stevens

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