In May, I send our movie schedules through emails, print flyers and post on Facebook. The kids help pick out the selections and we keep them “family friendly” and have a mix of old and new titles. 2 years ago, we showed “Swiss Family Robinson” and one little guest told me it was the best movie he ever saw! I also like to end our movie season with an 80’s classic. 2 years ago, we showed “Back to the Future” and we had guests come in a classic car from the 50’s and my son dressed up as Marty McFly.
2 1” PVC pipe elbows
4 1” PVC pipe T’s
Drapery black out fabric (the rubbery kind) I saw some at JoAnn’s Fabrics for $6.99/yd.
This screen frame is 5′ wide and 69″ tall. I cut two 5″ lengths for the horizontal bars. These will hold the “screen”. I cut two 40″ lengths and two 24″ lengths for the vertical poles. One 40″ piece and one 24″ piece are joined together with the “T”.
The top 5′ pole has an elbow on each side. Attach the joined vertical pieces to the elbows. The lower 5′ pole gets attached to the “T” brackets. Cut four 14″ lengths for the feet of the frame. Each 14″ length is inserted to the end to end part of the “T” and the vertical poles fit in the bottom of the “T”.
Make 2 rod pockets with the drapery liner to fit the upper and lower poles. There you have your own movie screen. I highly suggest using the drapery liner because it will reflect the projected picture much better than a sheet or cotton muslin.
I love to decorate the table to match the theme of the movie. It really gets the guests in the mood for the movie and sparks conversation.
I had a little fun with the Army Men for Toy Story. I also made Little Green Alien cupcakes (I got the idea from Disney).
Donna Collins is the owner of Party Wishes SCV in the Los Angeles area. Party Wishes is a children’s party planning service that provides table decor, games, favors and costumes and has over 25 themes. You can also check out her blog.