Elle Entertains: Movie Under the Stars

Happy first day of fall! One of the items on my Summer Bucket List was to host a Movie Under the Stars. And recently, I did! However, everything that could've gone wrong did. Sad face. But like any good (ha) hostess, I quickly changed plans and rallied. Even though things didn't turn out like I planned, everyone had fun. Happy face. This party was really cheap to put together too. Pass the popcorn, because you're invited:
{inspiration before Mother Nature Changed Said Plans}

  1. My DIY project of paper bag luminaries was super easy--just use a hole punch! Unfortunately, it rained most of the day so I saved these and will use another time.
  2. I wanted to use bean bags and such to lounge on, but it was too cold and wet so beach chairs came to the rescue!
  3. Because of the rain, we ended up not using a backyard movie screen, but here's how to make one. Luckily, I had a friend who owned a projector, which we hooked up through his computer to play the movie. We kept all equipment on the porch and showed the movie on the side of the apartment building.
  1. To keep it all super cheap, I just used typical movie snacks, but with a twist--we had a Popcorn Bar. Candy, butter, seasonings, were offered to good ole microwave popcorn. 
  2. I made these Rum & Coke Slushies but it was so cold, I had hot chocolate on hand too.
  3. Mexican Coke was available too. And I totally think I can tell the difference despite what studies say!
  4. Cute straws make anything taste better. Am I right?
So there ya have it: my budget-friendly Movie Under the Stars. I definitely want to try this again in autumn and already have lots of ideas a-brewing.

Have a great weekend! What're your plans? I'm hanging out with my Lil Sis.
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  1. DRAG about the rain because it sounds like you did an amazing job planning it!
    xo Josie

  2. Oh it sounds so adorable! It's really a great idea, I think I need to plan one of these for the spring!

    xo Mary Jo

  3. How clever! I'd love to be a guest at one of your parties!

  4. What a fun idea! I wish I could have come over to watch movies with you!


  5. This looks like SO MUCH FUN!!! Thanks so much for sharing so I can hop on board too!

    Belly B :)

  6. This looks like SO MUCH FUN!!! Thanks so much for sharing so I can hop on board too!

    Belly B :)

  7. Ooo, sounds like a great theme for a party. I love those paper bag lights. They look great.

  8. Clever idea. Too bad the weather didn't cooperate.

  9. Oooh love this and yes, cute straws do make things taste better! ;)

  10. how fun would this be to host! so cool!

  11. I wanted to do this at our house this summer. The projector just seemed a bit too expensive for us.


  12. What a great DIY and lovely evening. If only we had a back yard to enjoy this on!

  13. that is something i would love to host. great idea!

  14. That's such a wonderful idea!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  15. yay, I'm glad it was a success! It's such an awesome idea!
    ♥ laura

    the blog of worldly delights

  16. wow the paper bag DIY turned out really well! it looks store bought, good job :D

  17. That sounds like such a blast! And way to rally with all of the obstacles thrown your way. What a cool idea :)

  18. I just love this idea! So cool that you thought to do it. Too bad about the ran but it sounds like you pulled it off perfectly :)

    Have a great weekend, sweetie! xoxo

  19. i've always wanted to throw a movie party; your's sounded like a lot of fun! {i'm also loving the rum + coke slushies...}

  20. Sounds like fun! I watched movies under the stars at the drive in last weekend. So AWESOME!

  21. girl you are FULL of fab fall ideas! i love them!

  22. You always have such great and fun ideas! This sounds like so much fun :)

  23. These are fantastic ideas and you are certainly the hostess with the mostest :) I'm definitely going to try the paperbag lumineries idea for halloween!

  24. It was a dark and stormy night ... well that's how movies often go--sounds like you had a blast anyway --love the presentation and diy =)

  25. lovely & FUN ideas!
    Luv those colorful straws too~

  26. Elle

    You have some really good ideas. Sorry about the rain but it sound like you had a great time. I never heard of Mexican coke but I wouldn't mind trying it.


  27. the first pic is a dream..like to follow each other dear:)kisses
    La Folie 

  28. Looks fun!


  29. Sorry about the rain but at least you guys had fun!:D

    I can tell the difference too, Mexican Coke is sweeter.:D

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  30. I love this idea for a date/movie...very good job!!! hope your w/e was good, i did a lot of random things like helped a friend move, went out, soccer game, etc.

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  32. What a fabulous sounding party, especially the popcorn bar! Hope you had ablovely weekend dear!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  33. Ohhhhh, fun!! I wish I could have attended. I have never been to something like this before, but it seems like you had a great time. :)

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  34. I love Mexican Coke (when I can find it). The flavor is better with real sugar. I want to come to one of your parties. It looks like a great time.


  35. What a great idea! I would love to do this with my boyfriend when he comes this weekend! Thanks for inspiring me!


    Erin @ http://www.trufflesnruffles.com/

  36. this is so great and totally inspiring! perfect way toss ay goodbye to summer =)



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