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Dessert and a Movie
You don't need lots of space or special equipment to throw an outdoor movie party. You can put out chairs in the backyard, or spread blankets on the grass. Hang a sheet instead of using a screen. For the entertainment, visit your local video stores (a lot of interesting material is found under "Other"), check online movie-rental sites, and stop by your local library -- many have excellent selections. A feature-length film is fine, but shorts are ideal. With shorter selections, you wind up with something for everyone.
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Renting a classic or offbeat film instead of the latest blockbuster is a great way to become reacquainted with the magic of movies. Look for them at video stores, the library, and online movie-rental sites -- a good place to go for obscure selections.
To keep things easy, the party doesn't have to involve a big meal. In fact, keep it simple by setting up a help-yourself dessert buffet. Once friends and family have loaded up on all the goodies, you can settle in to watch the show.
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Want to throw a movie party yourself? Heed these been-there-done-that tips and your event will come off without a hitch.
Contact an audio-visual rental business in your area or look online.
It can be tricky to use unless you're experienced at it. An LCD projector is less complicated and more readily available. Be sure to ask the rental company for any safety considerations regarding outdoor use.
Consider testing the lighting, power, and sound the night before. Then, take care of everything technical before your guests arrive so the show is ready to go with the touch of a button. A technical delay will make the show run longer, and kids can get antsy quickly.
In Case of Rain
Have a back-up plan. If there are unexpected drops, unplug equipment at the source immediately and move it indoors.
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