Are you looking for some inspiration for your next Disney themed party? Consider hosting an outdoor movies night! They can be hosted almost any time of year, and allow for you and your guests to spread out and enjoy a fun movie under the stars. Doesn’t that sound fun? Okay – read on for the details you need to know to host your own outdoor movie party!
How to host a Disney outdoor movies night
It’s all about the movie
First, let’s talk set up. Here’s what you’ll need:
A quality portable projector, like this one is key. Next, you’ll want to make sure everyone can hear the movie. This Ion Tailgater worked perfectly for our outdoor movie night. The projector has a really clear picture, so you can use areas like the garage door, side of your home, or make your own screen with PVC pipes like Amy at As The Bunny Hops blog. Another option is purchasing an outdoor movie screen, like one of these.
Disney inspired food
Over the summer we hosted a Zootopia outdoor movie screening. The party was filled with Zootopia inspired food like those infamous Pawsicles (pictured above) and other movie decor. It was such a big hit that we decided to host a second movie night just before school began. That movie party was Jungle Book themed, and again included some really fun treats like these Kaa Burgers pictured below.
My friend and fellow blogger Jen at The Suburban Mom hosted a Mickey Mouse block party. She has a lot of fun party ideas + FREE cupcake toppers printables too. Oh and this Mickey Mouse pizza was a huge hit at another party I hosted. Can you tell we’re big Disney fans? 🙂
Zootopia, The Jungle Book, and Mickey Mouse are all great Disney party ideas for gender neutral celebrations. But I can’t talk about Disney without mentioning my favorite princess – Ariel! Mama Challenge has some great ideas for hosting an “under the sea” party including those adorable seashell donning cupcakes (pictured above).
Ask your guests to bring portable chairs or blankets, and bug spray. You are outdoors after all. I suggest having guests arrive just before sunset. That way they can settle into their spots, and grab a plate of food before the movie begins. Other items you’ll want to include are lights, like lanterns and glow in the dark bracelets for kids, place cards for the table, and trays are helpful for guests to carry their food and drinks too. I found many of those items at Michael Crafts store on sale.
We’re looking forward to hosting our next outdoor movie night, especially with the fall season upon us. It will be perfect outdoor weather!
What outdoor movies night are you planning?