Did you know that the biggest turn-off on dates for heterosexual women is men who check their phones too often? There’s another place where checking your phone is also rude: the movie theater! So you can avoid this mishap by taking your date to the movies.
But if you’ve been dating someone for a while, you’ll likely want to arrange something more special for your next date night. Organizing an outdoor movie night is one of the most romantic, intimate, affordable, and fun date night ideas.
Not sure how to do this? This guide will tell you everything you need for the perfect outdoor movie setup!
Choose the Perfect Date Night Movie
One of the most difficult parts of organizing your date night is choosing the right movie. But it comes down to two main choices. You can either choose a film from a genre that your date likes or you can choose a romantic movie.
If you don’t know many good romantic movies, here are a few ideas:
- Casablanca (1942)
- When Harry Met Sally (1989)
- Pretty Woman (1990)
- Before Sunrise (1995)
- Love & Basketball (2000)
- Pride & Prejudice (2005)
- Call Me By Your Name (2017)
These will all set a romantic tone. Some people think horror movies are good date night movies as they will encourage your date to move closer toward you. But this could backfire if your date doesn’t like horror!
If the decision is proving too difficult, you can always learn more about local outdoor movie theaters in your area. It takes away the pressure of choosing a film and you can still enjoy watching movies outside.
Find a Film Projector and Screen
You have a few options for how you can screen your movie. At the most basic level, you could bring your laptop outdoors and put it on a table. But you can do better than that for a very affordable price.
Buy a sheet of white, black-out fabric and attach it to your house with string. Portable projectors only cost around $100, but you can buy a cardboard smartphone projector for even less. If you plan to host frequent outdoor movie nights, invest in a portable projection screen.
Set the Scene With Snacks and Seats
You can use ordinary deck chairs as your movie seats and they will work fine. But you might want a seating arrangement that allows you to sit a little closer to your date. Benches with cushions or even a picnic rug are better options.
Snacks are the cherries on top of your outdoor movie date night. Popcorn, movie theater candy, and sodas in big plastic cups are all winners.
And if you want to go the extra mile, light some candles and place them around your terrace or yard. Invest in citronella candles to keep the bugs away.
Go to a Galaxy Far, Far Away on Your Next Date Night
Planning an outdoor movie for your next date night is romantic, and it shows your date you’re willing to make an effort for them. So switch on your projector, cuddle up under the stars, and enjoy your quality time together.
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