Watching a movie at home with family and friends is a great to unwind after a busy week of work. With summer breezing in, why not make movie night more special by having it al fresco?  Watching a movie outdoors is a memorable way to catch up on Hollywood’s string of summer blockbusters. Here are some ideas to make your outdoor movie party an epic blockbuster:

Set the Stage

Whether you’re setting up an outdoor movie theater in the backyard, driveway, or the rooftop of a building, finding a spot that provides optimum viewing distance and lighting is important. Make sure your audience sits at comfortable distance from the screen, and avoid areas where street lamps or lighted signs can cast a glare on the screen.

Offer your guests a variety of comfortable seating options, such as folding chairs, ottomans, or lawn recliners. You can also lay down some mats, sleeping bags, or blankets for anyone who prefers to watch lying down. If the evening gets chilly, throw out some pillows, cushions, and quilts to keep everyone extra cozy.

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Devouring popcorn, nachos, candy bars, and copious cups of diet soda while enjoying the latest summer flicks at the cinema is what life is all about. Movie night at home, however, gives you the opportunity to fancy up your movie time treats for a more delicious and satisfying viewing experience. In this latest installment in our Savvy and Sassy Kitchen series, you can easily whip up these homemade snacks that feature delightful twists to classic theatre-style fare.  So call up your friends, choose a fun-to-watch flick, and serve any of these award-worthy appetizers.

Popcorn with Parmesan and Pancetta

Watching a movie and munching mindlessly on hot buttered popcorn is always a great combination. Chef Fabio Viviani from Chow Ciao gives ordinary popcorn a decidedly gourmet turn with this exciting Popcorn with Parmesan and Pancetta recipe. A generous amount of diced pancetta, or Italian cured pork, adds a smoky, bacon-like flavor to the popping oil. Parmesan cheese, oregano, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder give this popcorn snack several layers of flavor that will have you applauding with every bite.

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A fun twist to the usual movie time treat


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Give yourself and your girlfriends a meaningful visual treat by hosting a movie night about empowered women on Women’s Equality Day on August 26

Women’s Equality Day may be a celebration of when women were allowed to vote in America, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate women empowerment in other ways. Get your girlfriends together to celebrate girl power by having a women-themed movie night. Treetopia identifies the women of strength and character in these film selections you may want to screen at your viewing party:

Women of Strength and Integrity

With the rise of independent women in this century, it’s not hard to attest to the strength of women. However, in a world of oppression, will there still be women who will remain vigilant in their respect for life and moral beliefs? This is what Katniss Everdeen proves in the film, The Hunger Games. Watch how she defines and remains true to herself despite the odds (and look good while she’s at it!). May the odds be ever in your favor.

Women of the Work Force 

Are you a true, present-day empowered working woman or have been raised by one? Made in Dagenham depicts a time when women went home with a significantly lower amount of money in their pockets despite working just as much as their male counterparts. Witness the true story of how a group of women, who worked at the Ford Motor Company of Dagenham, England, paved the way for the Equal Pay Act for women in 1968.

Women of Color 

If you and your friends refuse to be classified into society’s narrow categories or go against what you deem unfair, then add The Help to your list of movies for your viewing party. Watch how different women from distinct backgrounds react to and challenge the prevailing system and tell their story.

Woman of Beauty and Suffering 

It is always said that the only person who can truly hinder you from succeeding is yourself. The amazing biopic of Frida, played by Salma Hayek, shows how renowned painter, Frida Kahlo, lived through chronic pain after being pierced with an iron handrail in a bus accident in 1925. While much of the film revolves around her and her relationship with her husband, Diego Rivera, Frida proved that you may break her bones but you cannot crush her spirit.

Gather the girls and celebrate the strength of women in spite of difficult trials that befall them, and remember: when women band together, anything can happen.

What other films can you add to this list? Post your suggestions below!