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.

Parmesan and Pancetta Popcorn
Image by Julie N.

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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:

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