PARTY #2: MOVIE NIGHT
Big Sky, Big Screen
Everyone loves a good film, so stage a movie night outside in the comfort of your own backyard. For the screen, hang a sheet or project the movie onto a wall. Given that projectors are pricey, rent one for about $50 or buy a used one. Sound is sometimes a challenge, but that’s the best part: the addition of nature’s surround sound.
Just in case it starts to drizzle, be sure moviegoers are sitting on a water-resistant blanket. Try Essentials from JJ Cole; $34.95, www.jjcoleusa.com/blanket
Make a popcorn “bar” where guests can top their snack with BBQ, caramel, Cajun or cinnamon sugar toppings in theater-style popcorn bags.
By the Script
Make the evening follow a movie’s theme. If you decide to show “The Godfather” serve popcorn with grated Parmesan cheese, garlic, dried oregano and basil (check out the recipe here) and hazelnut-flavored soda. Or bring out Swedish fish, goldfish crackers and orange soda for a screening of Finding Nemo.
No Buggin’ Out
Keep insects away with ThermaCELL Mini Insect Repellent Lantern, a pocketsize, easy-to-use repellent that offers a 15 ft. x 15 ft. “canopy” of protection. ($19.99; www.mosquitorepellent.com)
Create an ambient mood by stringing Christmas lights overhead and lighting lanterns with citronella candles ($10; www.pier1.com).