Send your summer off with one last bang by hosting the perfect Summer Movie Night before the warm summer breeze fades and the kids march off to school.
No need to be intimidated. Planning the perfect Movie Night doesn’t have to be hard, and it can close the summer with some great memories.
Invitations and Tickets
Handmade invitations and tickets will make your movie night memorable. It may not be a red carpet premiere, but you can make it feel like one.
Creative invitations will get the neighborhood talking, and the accompanying “admit one” tickets will make guests feel like they’ve been invited to an exclusive summer’s end party.
Nina even took the time to create free printable tickets and invitations for a movie night that you can download right from her blog!
To decorate a concession stand, put up a “Now showing” sign. Then add a ticket taking booth and treat carriers with snacks to make the movie theater atmosphere really come alive. These fun additions will turn a regular movie night into a special event.
If you’re really feeling bold, try this vintage light up marquee tutorial from Oh Happy Day.
Popcorn, chocolate, licorice, and fruity chews all make great movie snacks. Popcorn boxes, drink labels and treat embellishments can add some pizzazz to your concessions area. We loved these personalized treat carriers by Jen from Scissors & Spatulas, made using the Treat Carrier, Popcorn Box and Ticket Punches dies.
Movies can be long, so have someone take around a tray of snacks midway through to replenish your hungry guests' treat stash. Taking an intermission is a fun way to add to the ‘movie theater’ experience, and it also gives your guests a chance for a mid-movie chat, stretch or restroom break.
Choosing the Perfect Movie
What’s a movie night without the perfect flick? The trick here is to choose the movie beforehand and let everyone know. This helps to avoid last minute debates and switches. You may even want to make a “Now Playing” or “Feature Film” sign to announce the movie of the evening.
Indoors or Out?
If you have access to a projector, a large white sheet, lawn chairs or easily movable couches (trampolines work well too) and the bug count is low – outdoor movies can make great summer-time memories.
If you don’t, indoors can be just as much fun. The kiddos can make ‘cars’ for the drive-in out of cardboard boxes, and blankets or bean bags can make extra comfortable seating. Have them invite their action figures and dolls along for the show – even a small television is a big screen for those guys! It’s all about how you present it.
For tutorials on decorations, treat carriers, invitations and more fun ideas for the perfect summer movie night – take a look at these blog posts: