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Styled Eats: Food for an Outdoor Movie Night

This post is sponsored by Skinny Cow.

It’s summer!! Here is part two of our movie night series. My general philosophy on parties and food presentation is I want it to feel special and fun but not too fussed over. For this post we came up with 3 fresh ways to serve food for an 0utdoor movie night. All of these ideas are very easy but are a fun take on the traditional movie food and will make your guests feel special.

1. Mini Candy Bar. For the candy we set up a snack bar of our favorite mini candy bars. For this we used the Bento rectangular platter from CB2 and laid the candy out all in a row. I tried to let my kids help on this but a large number of the candy bars mysteriously disappeared.

2. Printable Popcorn Bags. To create these popcorn bags all you need is a home printer, this free downloadable popcorn template, and these 5″ x 7.5″ white bags. To print directly on the bags just download the free template here, put the white bags in the paper feed (it depends on your printer but we adjusted our printer setting to “cardstock” to accomodate the thickness of the bag), and then print. We filled the bags with popcorn and then placed them in a few of these modern bowls.

3. Mini Sodas. For the mini sodas we bought these Greenware cups with lids and we filled them with ice and brightly colored sodas. Top them with straws and pass them out right before the movie starts. (This presentation was inspired by my recent trip to Barcelona.)

Concept and Styling by Jordan Ferney + Alexis Birkmeyer. Photography by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

  1. Katrina

    June 13, 2012

    Oh wow so fun! I love that idea!

  2. Sweet Harvest Moon

    June 13, 2012

    So much fun!

  3. Julie

    June 13, 2012

    Love it that you were inspired by the way drinks are served in Barcelona – our local food department in Switzerland also sells their fruit juices in the same way!

  4. Evani G

    June 13, 2012

    Such simple ideas but executed beautifully! I’m such a fan of your work Jordan 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


  5. anne

    June 13, 2012

    I love the styling in this post! The photos are so colorful and gorgeous, and I think the printable popcorn bags are such a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration

  6. Lucie

    June 13, 2012

    Darling ideas ! especially the mini sodas and candy tray !! Though I can’t seem to be able to download the pop corn bags anywhere.

  7. julia @ life on churchill

    June 13, 2012

    “special and fun but not too fussed over” perfectly said! I wasn’t able to find the popcorn printable link (did I miss it?)

    lovely ideas, thanks for sharing!

  8. jordan

    June 13, 2012

    I updated the popcorn bag links! They should work now!

  9. Jene'

    June 13, 2012

    Love these photos! This post totally makes me want to have a party.

  10. Lindsay - ShopEllaLou

    June 13, 2012

    Beautiful ideas, and gorgeous styling – as always! Thanks for sharing! Now I must find a time to host an outdoor movie night before we head to France…

  11. Corina Sorensen

    June 13, 2012

    I love this! Great ideas, great pictures. All Beautiful.

  12. sarah

    June 13, 2012

    love the soda cups, and everything, really.

  13. Jillian in Italy

    June 13, 2012

    Gorgeous colours. Delicious snacks. With all that I think I’d be hanging out at the refreshment table instead of watching the movie.

  14. Pam

    June 13, 2012

    What a great idea. I need ideas for my kids this summer. Looks like this would be lots of fun.

  15. Victoria@VictoryPaper

    June 13, 2012

    Simply lovely Jordan, well done!

  16. Mary-My Life in Scotland

    June 13, 2012

    I love this!!!! My friends and I go to the park after dark and watch movies on blankets. Feels like going to the drive-in without the car. This is such a fun way for snacks. I love the popcorn bag printable! I need to do this now!

  17. mary

    June 13, 2012

    i absolutely love! too fun! totally made my dreary, gloomy day that much brighter!

  18. jenika

    June 13, 2012

    THIS is the cutest idea ever. i am so doing this.

  19. Kelsey

    June 13, 2012

    the printable bags are too cute! i never would have guessed they would turn out so lovely, must try this asap!

  20. Kathryn Cumming

    June 13, 2012

    Gorgeous, I would love to attend this party.
    I especially like the uniformity of the perfectly lined up chocolate bars…looks great!

  21. Such great ideas! Fun, fun!

  22. The New Diplomats Wife

    June 13, 2012

    love the colors- now i just need to know how to actually do the outdoor movie part!

  23. Sarah Robertson

    June 13, 2012

    You’re pretty much the best at throwing parties!

  24. gina

    June 13, 2012

    This is so awesome. I’ll be sure to try this the next time I have a movie night! I love how it’s so simple too.

  25. Deanna (Silly Goose Farm)

    June 13, 2012

    This is great! We do an outdoor movie night on the side of our barn each summer. Good times. Here’s a link if you ever want to check it out!

    I will definitely be printing out those adorable bags this year 🙂

  26. Nicole

    June 13, 2012

    how adorable!

    [Treasure Tromp] 

  27. Jenni Bailey

    June 13, 2012

    Too bad it’s a million degrees in Florida and way too muggy for an outdoor movie night. But I will 100% be using this post as inspiration for an indoor movie – just add a floor covered in sleeping bags. 🙂

  28. Patricia

    June 13, 2012


    I have a blog and I’ve justr posted about your blog. I love it!

    Hope you like mine too 😉


  29. Johanna

    June 13, 2012

    That looks amazing! I try to persuade my boyfriend to have an outdoor movie night on our balcony this summer but unfortunately he thinks it’s too loud – we might disturb the neighbors. But after reading your blog post, I will try it again – I can already see us with some good friends, these gorgeous popcorn bags, some drinks, sitting at the balcony, watching a movie. Thanks for sharing this inspiration!

  30. Sarah

    June 13, 2012

    This is such a great idea! I not-so-secretly hope my friends and I will meet you in the city and you’ll invite us to a pop-up dinner party (or backyard movie night)!!! 😉

  31. Soo-Jin

    June 13, 2012

    LOVE this idea! i can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to participate in events like this!

  32. Andi @ oncallrn

    June 13, 2012

    omg I love the popcorn bags! What a great post.

  33. Stacy

    June 14, 2012

    Good grief Jordan! This whole post is adorable; from the photos to the font to the printables. I love it all!

  34. The slow pace

    June 14, 2012

    I’m going to copy every detail of this posts! Now I onlu need an outdoor space to watch the movie! 😉

  35. Jen

    June 14, 2012

    This is exactly what I want to do for my son’s birthday! An easy movie night [except not movie..Phineas and Ferb]! Thanks for all of the inspiration and great ideas! Did you do it in the early evening? How did you set up the movie area outside? Just curious! Thanks for any help!

  36. Cathy

    June 14, 2012

    The bags look really nice and the print seems high quality, what type of printer do you have? Is it a special photo printer? I have a home HP printer (, do you think it would work alright?

  37. LaTrelle

    June 14, 2012

    Fun! I am drawn to vibrant colors like a moth to a flame.

  38. Megan

    June 14, 2012

    Such a fun idea! I love the fonts you used on the photos…what are they?

  39. Lindsey

    June 14, 2012

    So cute, J!

  40. Katie

    June 14, 2012

    I am planning one for this summer I am so excited to hang out with friend and watch a movie outside. Looking for fun ideas to make it even more special.

  41. Fey

    June 14, 2012

    love the idea, the pop corn and the colors on this post. beautiful post as usual.

  42. michelle

    June 14, 2012

    hi, i know i have no right to ask this but could you please put up the post of this outdoor movie night quicker? especially re: DIY projector . i really want to host one before the summer is gone!

    love this theme so much!

  43. Sarah

    June 14, 2012

    I love this. Especially the mini sodas. This is a great way to get neighbors together with kids =) Hang a sheet in the backyard with a projector and veg out =)

    – Sarah

  44. Britney

    June 14, 2012


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