There’s no better time than an early summer evening to ditch the sofa in favor of an outdoor movie night. To recreate a bit of that drive-in-theater magic on your lawn, start with some portable projectors, spread out cozy blankets, and layer on low chairs, pillows, and throws made for lounging. Now all that’s left to do is set out a refreshments table for drinks and—of course—popcorn.
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If you’re looking for a reasonable price tag on a machine that still has a lot to offer, try BenQ’s Home Theater Projector. It offers a great picture quality that also hits in the 3,600+ lumens, and has a great built-in speaker. It does run hot, though, so keep that in mind as you place it in your yard.
BenQ MH535FHD 1080P Home Theater Projector
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Pretty Portable: AAXA P300 Pico Projector
AAXA is known for their wide range of pico projectors (a.k.a., mini projectors that are much more portable but offer lower picture quality) and one of the best they offer is the P300. It offers an HD 500 lumen picture quality, and can connect to a laptop or speakers through options like HDMI and Aux Out cables (although it does have a built-in speaker too). The battery lasts about an hour, so use it for watching an episode of your favorite show or connect it to power while watching a movie.
AAXA Technologies P300 Pico Projector
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Sweet Seating: Rattan Chair
This rattan seat is not only stylish, but also easily folds up and has a built-in handle for quick movie night set-up.
Serena & Lily Palisades Chair
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Sweet Seating: Throwbed
Let the kids lounge on the ground and then easily roll this throwbed up when the movie’s done.
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Sweet Seating: Sling Chair
Kick back and relax during the film in this sling chair, and grab the matching ottoman ($79) to put your feet up.
All Weather Wicker Lanai Sling Lounger Chair
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Get Cozy: Indigo Throw
We love the macramé fringe on this throw, and it’s the perfect blanket to have on hand for cooler evenings.
Diamanta Alpaca Throw
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Extra Fun: Embellished Tumbler
Enjoy a well-insulated drink in a tumbler that can handle the elements while remaining extremely stylish.
Calacatta Gold Tumbler
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Extra Fun: Personal Popcorn
Give everyone their own personal bowls of popcorn with these elevated enamelware bowls. And speaking of popcorn, here are three DIY seasonings to elevate your movie snack.