Labor Day Plans- Outdoor Movie Night

Labor Day Plans- Outdoor Movie Night

Hey Y’all!  Thanks so much for your comments on the Paper to Production post!  We’re super excited to see the room come together! Today Emily is back to share a great idea to make your Labor Day extra fun (not to mention photo worthy) this year!

outdoor movie night | labor day party

Labor Day weekend is right around the corner! It’s hard to believe that summer is winding down already. I’m a summer-loving girl at heart, and August is always a bitter-sweet month. As I try to soak up the rest of the summer, I also know I need to start planning for the fall. And, I didn’t get my normal amount of pool days in this summer, so I am seriously in denial this time around.

Whether you get your Labor Day Monday off or not, we know you’re looking for ideas to spice up your Holiday weekend! Now, what better way to say goodbye to summer than with an outdoor movie night? It can be as simple or as extravagant as you please.

Outdoor movie night | labor day

Anthropology has once again inspired me…you can read about their outdoor movie night here.

Here are some tips so you can get this easy-to-assemble party hopping in no time:

+Movie selection is key…so make sure you pick a good one! Keep it light, fun, and audience appropriate.

outdoor movie night, labor day party

+If you don’t have access to a screen, no worries! Pin up a sheet on your house, outbuilding, or clothesline. Or, you can follow these diy directions for a sturdy screen from Design Sponge:


> two buckets filled with rocks or gravel
>three 6 ft long 2 x 4s
>one twin-size flat sheet
>staple gun
>extra fabric and twine to cover the buckets


1. Lay your sheet flat on the ground. Staple each side to a 2 x 4, circling the fabric around each board once. Once secure, lay your third 2 x 4 across the top, perpendicular to the two stapled boards. Nail/screw into the boards.
2. Place the bottom end of each board into a bucket, making sure there is enough weight in each bucket so the screen doesn’t topple over.
3. Cover each bucket with fabric and tie with twine, ribbon or extra fabric.

+Set up your projector & speakers {don’t have the right equipment? Ask around and see if you can borrow or check into a rental!}

+Set out some comfy lawn chairs or make a cozy pallet by layering lots of quilts, throws, & pillows for a more intimate setting. Lay down some yoga mats or egg crate foam first for extra cushion.

+Overturned crates or boxes can serve as tables…or bring out your living room furniture!

streamers + twinkle lights  labor day outdoor movie bash

+If you want to get fancy, string some twinkle lights and streamers to give this summer a proper going away bash.


+Pop some popcorn: Here are a few yummy recipes from Kinfolk. Or if you are serving a large gathering, consider buying some specialty popcorn. If you’re in the Tulsa area, The CornPopper has some unique, yummy options to wow your guests.

+Break out the sweets – homemade or store-bought – it’s up to you!

Strawberry lemonade  outdoor movie night

+Grab a cool, festive drink. The recipe for this strawberry lemonade found here.

Outdoor Movie Night  Labor Day Bash

+And cozy in. {photo source}

+And don’t forget the bug spray if mosquitoes are still swarming in your parts.


You may have noticed that I am new here at Kara Paslay Designs. I am thrilled to be a part of the team! For the last two years, I have followed Kara’s blog. I absolutely love seeing people overcome obstacles and run for their dreams. Tim and Kara are an inspiration to me and I know to many others as well. I look forward to getting to know you.

BIO // Emily is a wife, blogger, succulent garden grower, and a coffee enthusiast. Transplanted from northern Wisconsin to the plains of Oklahoma, she writes about diy, faith, and shares bits and pieces of their life as they pursue their dreams. You can follow along here: Emily Sue

This article has 2 comments

  1. Kathryn

    We always do a movie night with all of our friends and their kids and project it on the side of our house! We always need to wait until the end of September to show it because it’s not dark enough, earlier enough to show it any earlier.

  2. Julie McKeown

    Looks like lots of fun and a great way to bring the neighborhood together to get to know each other better. 🙂

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