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How to enjoy an open-air movie night

01 February 2016

As summer approaches and the evenings start to get warmer, why not invite friends round for an alfresco film screening, like Olga did when we visited her in the Czech Republic? All you have to do is plug in a laptop, project onto a wall, add throws and lanterns for a warm and comfy atmosphere, then sit back and enjoy the show…

Create an atmospheric outdoor cinema setting with comfy chairs and lanterns
Use a chalkboard clipboard to leave messages for guests


Olga likes to add small personal touches. ‘I like to write little messages on chalkboards around my house, so I do the same outside to let my guests know what time the film is starting. Then I use the back of my clipboard to take orders for people’s drinks during the interval!’

Repurpose something unusual, like a sledge, into a quirky outdoor table


In the garden, you can experiment with all those things you might not use on a daily basis. ‘I use an old sledge as a table for drinks and snacks. It doesn’t matter so much if it gets dirty or scratched and adds a fun, relaxed feel to the evening.’

A portrait of Olga and Honza, Czech Republic

‘We’ve always loved outdoor cinemas so, one day, we just thought, why not create one in our own garden? It’s so easy to do and adds a magical feeling to your movie night’

Olga and Honza, Czech Republic

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Photography: Ben Robertson
Styling: Sam Grigg