Plan an outdoor movie night this summer! It’s one of our favorite outdoor activities to do with friends and family. Last year we hosted a Zootopia outdoor movie party and Jungle Book party – both were a huge hit! With the release of the 75th anniversary edition of Disney’s Bambi, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to introduce the boys to the Disney classic while hosting a movie under the stars. Want to host your own Bambi movie night? Rock your movie night with these Bambi party ideas!
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BAMBI Party Ideas
For the tablescape, I used burlap as the table cover, and added a touch of fall leaves, this Bambi & Thumper garden statue and these adorable butterfly garden stakes. These were perfectly themed ideas for the outdoor setting and film.
For the food, I chose “woodland berries” like strawberries, blackberries and blueberries on a platter. I also served Thumper’s carrot sticks, and Bambi’s s’mores trail mix.
Here’s what you’ll need for Bambi’s s’mores trail mix:
2 cups vanilla chex cereal, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1 cup mini marshmallows, and 1 cup peanuts. Mix together in a medium bowl, then divide into smaller bowls for your guests.
Movie Under the Stars Setup
What you’ll need:
A quality portable projector, like this one is key. The P300 Pico mini projector is great! The set-up is very easy, especially with the USB Plug ‘n Play instant set up. We chose to connect the projector to our DVD player using a HDMI cable, but you can connect it to your laptop or phone as well.
Next, you’ll want to make sure everyone can hear the movie. This Ion Tailgater worked perfectly for our outdoor movie night. It’s a #1 best-seller on Amazon and offers an amazing 50-hour rechargeable battery life, bluetooth connectivity, and even includes a microphone. We give it 2 thumbs up.
The projector has a really clear picture, so you can use areas like the garage door, side of your home, or even a DIY white blanket screen for displaying the movie. Another option is purchasing an outdoor movie screen, like one of these.
Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Bambi too, or order from amazon.com.
Have your guests bring portable chairs, or a large blanket for your movie under the stars. If your party gets rained out, don’t worry! We used a white sheet against the inside of our garage door, and it worked perfectly.
THE BAMBI EFFECT – “Bambi” was full of innovations for its time. Let’s take a look at how those past innovations affected future Disney animated titles all the way up to today.
STUDIO STORIES: “BAMBI” – Recordings of Walt Disney. Listen in on intimate moments where he discusses the challenges, pitfalls and triumphs during the production of “Bambi.”
DELETED SCENE: BAMBI’S ICE AND SNOW – Bambi coaxes Thumper and his brothers and sisters to come play on the ice during the first snow.
DELETED SCENE: THE GRASSHOPPER – A grasshopper confronts Bambi and Thumper and finds himself in quite a predicament.
BAMBI FAWN FACTS – Think you know everything there is to know about Bambi and his forest companions? Well, it’s time to discover some fun real-life facts about the creatures that live in the forest he calls home.
OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT: “AFRICA BEFORE DARK” – Oswald Short.
CELEBRATING TYRUS WONG (DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE) – A heartfelt look at the man who played a key role in the success of “Bambi.” Much like Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle, Tyrus Wong had a unique signature style all to his own. The soft water-colored backgrounds and beautiful palettes in “Bambi” were inspired by Tyrus’ concept art paintings.
DELETED SCENES – Two Leaves, Bambi Stuck on a Reed, Winter Grass, Twitterpated
THE MAKING OF BAMBI: A PRINCE IS BORN
o STORY: TELLING THE TALE
o CHARACTERS: DRAWN TO NATURE
o ACTORS: GIVING VOICE TO ANIMALS
o ART DESIGN: IMPRESSIONS OF THE FOREST
o MUSIC: NATURE’S SYMPHONY
o HISTORY: BACK TO THE BEGINNING
TRICK OF THE TRADE (Excerpt)
INSIDE THE DISNEY ARCHIVES
THE OLD MILL: ANIMATED SHORT
ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER
THE GOLDEN AGE
*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer
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