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Pool Party Movie Night

Epson approached me about creating a party with their PowerLite Home Cinema. My first thought was a party I went to a few summers ago where I went to a movie party in a swimming pool. It was so fun. All you need is a friend with a pool (people with pools tend to make friends easily in the summertime!) and set up a projector. We added a ton of fun floaties and food of course. We also put together a list of the best family movies to watch (download it here!) (PS. Right now, Epson is hosting a giveaway where you could win a projector to host your own movie night this summer! Find out more here.)

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Once you find a location with a pool, planning a pool party movie night is really simple. A few days before the event, we picked up easy summer snacks (like popsicles, popcorn, veggies, and candy) and fun pool toys. We also made sure that we had a spot to project the movie. We ended up renting a screen, but a white wall or sheet also works perfectly. At this point, you may also want to practice setting up your projector and picking out a movie. I love the PowerLite Home Cinema because it’s so easy to use: it only requires one cable and can connect with MHL enabled mobile phones & tablets. As long as you have wifi, you can show any movie from Netflix or Amazon. (Get my movie picks here.)

Then one the day of the party, we arranged all the snacks, blew up the pool toys, and made sure the projector was all set up. Voilà! Everyone had such a fun time.

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This post is sponsored by Epson.

Photos by Tracy Layne Photography for Oh Happy Day
Styling by Fergi Johnson

  1. Cat

    August 7, 2014

    Projectors are an awesome way to watch movies! We have some pretty giant white walls at home that would make movie nights so much more fun. This is such a cute idea for a party, too.


  2. Janine Melnitz

    August 7, 2014

    Viola, like the musical instrument? You mean voilà? 😉

      • jordan
      • August 7, 2014

      Oops! Thanks for catching that.

  3. Jessica Rose

    August 7, 2014

    This is my kinda of party! 😉

  4. Jenny

    August 7, 2014

    I am a HUGE fan of the outdoor movie night. These projectors are great investments. We do ours with kids having a scavenger hunt to “earn” money for the candy bar. Because it’s basically candy and cocktails, it’s easy to have a huge crowd. Out here, at least, you can’t start before 8 anyway because it’s too light, so you don’t even have to do dinner.

  5. Nina

    August 7, 2014

    Excellent idea! The blow up pretzel is hilarious! That projector is pretty rad if you can just hook it up to a phone. Crazy cool!

  6. MabelZora

    August 7, 2014

    We love everything about this! A summer night filled with swimming, and on top of that adding movies while staying afloat?! Instead of a drive in movie you get a swim up movie. Genius.

    Mabel and Zora

  7. kristin

    August 7, 2014

    so fun! we used to go to dive in movies at college. would love to recreate that experience.

  8. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie

    August 7, 2014

    Wow! LOVE THIS! And that pretzel float? So cute!

  9. 'Becca'lise

    August 7, 2014

    Fun! We’re having our 3rd annual movie pool party this year…the first year was Jaws, second was Raiders of the Lost Ark and this year is Star Wars. It’s something I look forward to every year.

  10. christina

    August 7, 2014

    I hosted a Halloween movie night last fall where we projected the film outside. It was super fun. I really want to do it again!

    – Christina

  11. Kristin

    August 7, 2014

    How fun!

  12. amanda

    August 8, 2014

    ah! this is so fun! especially perfect for when the little kids get bored with sitting still, they can play and the grown ups can chill. now i want a projector!! (and a back yard and a pool and a house and well… yeah…)

  13. Anne's Scribbles and Doodles

    August 8, 2014

    I would love to host or even attend a party like this!

  14. Beth K

    August 14, 2014

    Love this idea!!! Just saw this post on how to DIY your own screen:

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