Thursday Thrifty Throwdown: Fun on A Budget Challenge #5
We're keeping it going folks. The Fun on A Budget Challenge is grooving right along, and we are up to Number 5! This is one I have wanted to try for a while, though may be tough in my one-bedroom apartment with no outdoor space, but a girl can dream, eh? I'm talking holding outdoor movie nights. I know folks that have turned the idea of outdoor movie nights into an amazing summer tradition for their families that last long into the fall.
Yup, many communities have them - even here in NYC, many of the parks host movie nights outdoors - but why not throw one for you and some friends and your kids? Here's what you need...aside from the popcorn!
-- The projection and sound system. So, you probably already have DVD player or a laptop that can play the movies. The main things you need to purchase are a projector and speakers. Speakers come in a variety of sizes and prices. You Google "LCD projector," and you see you can easily spend thousands of dollars, but there are great projectors that cost only $300. Yes, it is a one-time investment, but if you plan on holding a few of them, it pays for itself. You can also use this for parties or Halloween decorating (think of displaying a big ghost shadow on your porch!).
-- The Screen. Grab a white sheet and hang it on your garage door or side of the house. Easy and cheap. If you plan on doing this often, think about tacking the top and bottoms onto a piece of wood or long bar to hang it with ease.
-- Chairs and food. Have people bring their own folding chairs or bring blankets to sit in the yard. Same goes for food - have guest bring their own popcorn and drinks.
-- The movie. This depends on the age of the audience of course, but keep in mind the neighbors (who aren't coming to the fun) aren't bothered by too much noise. Some great ideas: Raiders of the Lost Ark, classics from Pixar like The Incredibles or Monsters Inc, The Parent Trap (with a tween Lindsay Lohan circa 1998), Fantastic Mr. Fox, Jaws, the list goes on.
Have you ever been to an outdoor movie screening? What's your favorite summer movie?