Outdoor Movie Night

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What happens when your best friend has the most epic backyard and you have a sudden urge to throw party and sing at the top of your lungs? Outdoor movie night – DUH!!!

Outdoor Movie Night from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Collaborating with Matt is one of my favorite things to do. We speak each other’s language and can make an idea come to life with just a few texts back and forth and a facetime call to solidify all the details!!

So when we decided to do a movie night and Matt asked if I’d host it/gabify it, and it was on!!! I’m thinking that outdoor movie nights need to be a trend this year. They are super easy to put together and you just need a few things….

A movie + a screen + projector! We screened Grease for our party because who doesn’t love a sign along!!?? I don’t think any of our friends knew they were in for a movie night with an extra gaby soundtrack on top of the movie all.night.long. I can’t help myself, I can recite the entire Grease movie!! I GOT CHILLS… They’re multiplying!!

Outdoor Movie Night from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Next – refreshments! It’s not a night at the movies without something to sip on. We started with champagne and then moved over to these pineapple Paloma’s that were soooooo delish!

Snacks. MANDATORY a for any movie night. I made Italian pretzel rolls, crudité platters, chunky corn and guacamole jars with freshly fried chips, and Adam put together the most glorious candy bar of all times. That caramel corn was my jam!!

Take a peek at some pics for a little inspiration to throw your own backyard movie night this spring + summer!!

Ps – recipes all coming to the blog this week!!!

Outdoor Movie Night with Corn Guacamole from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Outdoor Movie Night from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)  Outdoor Movie Night with pretzel dogs from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin) Outdoor Movie Night with crudite platter from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin) Outdoor Movie Night from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin) Outdoor Movie Night from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Outdoor Movie Night from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Photography by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipes by What’s Gaby Cooking


  1. AWESOMMMMMMMMMEEEEE! We used to do something like this when I was a kid, only there wasn’t really any good food! This is SO much better! What a great idea for a family night or neighborhood get together!

  2. Wow! This is just the kind of thing I’d love to do this summer. Your house is beautiful. I adore Grease and grew up singing all of the songs. I’ve always wanted to go to a drive-in movie, but it looks like I can totally DIY the screen at home. What a great way to enjoy all of those “Summer Nigh-ighhhhhs”.

  3. WOW! This looks like such a fun thing to do, totally need an out door movie night now, asap! Funny story though – I’m looking jealously at your beautiful out door lights. Last year after much begging I got my hubby to try and hang lights up in our yard, and all of a sudden three of the lightbulbs exploded lol, so yeah i’m just totally jealous lol- where did you get your lightbulbs?

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