This is the ultimate summer activity.
Outdoor movie magic starts with a projector—the options out there are easier to use and more affordable than ever (Oh Joy! blog founder and creative director Joy Cho’s pick: the DB Power T20, $99; amazon.com). Make your own screen with a drop cloth, or invest in an inflatable option (EasyGO 14' Inflatable Mega Screen, $148; amazon.com). The closer the projector is to the screen, the smaller, sharper, and more colorful the movie will be. “Tape down the cord with colored duct tape on hard surfaces to minimize the possibility of tripping,” says interior designer and stylist Emily Henderson. Create a concession stand on a garden caddy or bar cart offering drinks, popcorn, and classic movie treats. Ask guests to RSVP with the name of their favorite movie, and pick one from a hat.
When you're watching a flick outdoors, you're going to need to stock up on refreshments. This pretty drink dispenser is perfect, no matter if you're serving lemonade or your favorite summer cocktail.
To buy: Bubble Glass Drink Dispenser, $30; worldmarket.com.
Introducing, the ultimate popcorn bowl for outdoor gatherings. It comes in four colors so you can build a mix-and-matched set.
To buy: Pastel Enamel Salad Bowl, $48; shopterrain.com.
This portable projector lets you turn a blank wall or a white sheet into your own at-home movie theater. Simply hook it up to your laptop or another device, and you'll be enjoying a movie in minutes.
To buy: Epson Home Cinema 660 SVGA 3LCD projector, $360; bestbuy.com.
When you aren't using this tiered plant stand to display your favorite succulents, it doubles as a refreshment stand for snacks, popcorn, and soda.
To buy: Three Tier Folding Plant Stand, $70; worldmarket.com.
The most stylish way to keep soda, wine, or water bottles chilled? Fill this white resin bucket with ice, then insert your drink of choice. This cooler is so chic, you'll want to leave it somewhere for all to admire.
To buy: Tina Frey large white bucket, $380; marchsf.com.
Have you heard? Beanbags are making a comeback. Order a couple of these comfortable loungers before the big movie night, and they'll become the most popular seats in the house.
To buy: Stripes Bean Bag Lounger, $116; wayfair.com.
Add a pop of color to your outdoor space—and provide a cozy backrest for movie-watching—by stocking up on outdoor throw pillows.
To buy: Calliope Maui pillow, $35; pier1.com.
If you really want to take your at-home cinema seriously, invest in this luxurious bar that's perfectly sized for holding drinks, cups, and lots of snacks. Debut it at movie night, and you'll be sure to use this find at every summer party.
To buy: Riviera bar, $798; serenaandlily.com.