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How to host a backyard movie night
Pass the truffle-salted popcorn, please.

It’s our turn to host movie night. And since we’re feeling a bit creative--blame it on Pinterest overload--the normal sofa-and-Netflix movie night simply won’t do.

Why not go for a DIY movie night in the backyard--complete with twinkle lights, movie-themed bites and your fave wool throw?

Here are our tips for how to make it epic:

What to show You could easily go for a Best Picture winning films like Forrest Gump or 12 Years a Slave, but we’re game for an indie flick with a heart-warming ending, like Spilt Milk (featuring a younger Jake Johnson) and Chef (because we all love Jon Favreau).

How to do it For a screen, you can just hang a white sheet between two trees, but it’s worth investing in a proper projector like this Mac-friendly option ($500) or renting one from Dallas AV ($80 per day). Also be sure to have plenty of blankets, pillows and chairs for all of your guests.

What to serve Step up traditional multiplex fare with truffle-salted popcorn and pretzel brownies, and serve cocktails that go with the crisp autumn air. Think apple cider with two (or three) splashes of Goldschläger.

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