The Art of Outdoor Entertaining


Backyard Movie


   As the warm summer evenings draw near, there’s nothing quite like the allure of hosting a magical backyard outdoor movie night under the starry sky. In recent years, the trend of outdoor movie screenings has seen a remarkable rise. Besides bringing friends and families together for unforgettable evenings of entertainment and laughter, it’s a great reason to join for good food.  Additionally, embracing the charm of nostalgia and the thrill of being outdoors, hosting backyard movie nights has become a popular way to create lasting memories. Moreover, in this blog post, we will explore the art of outdoor entertaining. Therefore, we will delve into the key elements that make hosting backyard movie nights a delightful experience. Furthermore, will introduce some delectable Five Star Home Foods products that will elevate your movie night snacks. This will ensure your guests leave with a smile on their faces.

The Rise of Backyard Movie Nights

What’s more, the appeal of outdoor movie nights lies in their versatility and the sense of community they foster. Firstly, whether it’s a gathering of friends, a family reunion, or a neighborhood block party, hosting a movie night under the open sky brings people together. Secondly, in the age of technology, where screens dominate our daily lives, the nostalgia of watching a classic film projected on a big screen outdoors evokes a sense of simplicity. Thirdly, the setup can range from a basic DIY sheet-and-projector arrangement to more sophisticated inflatable screens. By the same token, providing an authentic movie theater experience in your own backyard is easy, hence “backyard movie nights”!

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Movie Setup

Subsequently, when hosting a successful backyard movie night, careful planning and attention to detail are key. Here are some essential tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for everyone:

  • First, select the Right Location: Choose a spacious, flat area in your backyard where everyone can comfortably gather. Make sure to consider the placement of the screen, projector, and seating arrangement to optimize the viewing experience.
  • Invest in a Quality Projector and Screen: The heart of your outdoor movie setup lies in the quality of your projector and screen. Opt for a projector with sufficient lumens to ensure a clear and vibrant image. Additionally, a proper outdoor movie screen will enhance the visual appeal of the event.
  • As important, Cozy Seating Options: Offer a variety of seating options, such as blankets, cushions, or foldable chairs, to accommodate different preferences. Encourage guests to bring their own blankets for added comfort.
  • In this case, Lighting and Ambience: Illuminate the area with soft string lights or fairy lights to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Avoid bright overhead lights, as they can interfere with the movie-watching experience.
  • Sound System: Invest in a good-quality sound system or portable speakers to ensure that everyone can hear the movie clearly. Consider using wireless headphones for a more intimate viewing experience.
  • Lastly, Weather Preparations: Keep an eye on the weather forecast and have a backup plan in case of rain or adverse conditions. A pop-up canopy or a tent can provide shelter if needed.

Must-Have Snacks from Five Star Home Foods

Equally important, no backyard movie nights are complete without delicious snacks to satisfy those cravings. To demonstrate, Five Star Home Foods offers a wide range of products that are perfect for your outdoor movie night, from a make-your-own fajita bar to grilled hotdogs and sausages, to homemade chicken sliders, reminiscent of everyone’s favorite Chick-fil-A style. Furthermore, let’s take a closer look at these scrumptious snack options:

  • Make Your Own Fajita Bar with Chicken Fajita Strips: Five Star Home Foods’ Chicken Fajita Strips are tender and flavorful, making them an ideal choice for a mouthwatering fajita bar. Set up a self-serve station with tortillas, sautéed peppers and onions, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and shredded cheese. Allow guests to customize their fajitas, creating a vibrant and interactive dining experience.
  • Grilled Hotdogs and Sausages: What’s more, there’s something undeniably satisfying about the aroma of hotdogs and sausages sizzling on the grill. In addition, Five Star offers a variety of options, from classic beef hotdogs to gourmet sausages. Serve them up with a selection of condiments and buns, and watch your guests indulge in this timeless movie night treat.
  • Homemade Chicken Sliders – Chick-fil-A Style: For a touch of indulgence, surprise your guests with homemade chicken sliders that capture the essence of Chick-fil-A’s famous sandwiches. Marinate Five Star Home Foods’ tender and juicy 4oz chicken breasts in pickle juice, then coat them in a seasoned breading before frying to golden perfection. Serve them on soft slider buns with pickles and a dollop of mayo for a mouthwatering delight. Full recipe linked below!

Nevertheless, hosting backyard movie nights has evolved into an art form, combining the nostalgia of classic cinema with the joy of outdoor gatherings. Creating the perfect movie night setup involves careful planning and attention to detail, ensuring a magical experience for all your guests. Additionally, selecting delectable snacks from Five Star HomeFoods elevates the event, leaving everyone with fond memories of a delightful evening under the stars.

In brief, as the sun sets on a warm summer day, gather your loved ones, prepare your outdoor movie setup, and get ready for an enchanting night filled with laughter, good food, and cherished moments that will be treasured for years to come. Happy outdoor entertaining!

Bonus Recipe PDF Download: As a special bonus, we’re offering a downloadable recipe PDF that includes the most delicious homemade chicken sliders – “Chick-Fil-A” style; featured in this blog post. Simply click the button provided to access your free PDF and have the recipe conveniently at your fingertips.

Homemade Chicken Sliders – “Chick-fil-A” Style

Chick-fil-a style mini chicken sliders


For the Chicken Marinade:

  • 1 pound Five Star Home Foods 4oz Chicken breasts
  • 1 cup dill pickle juice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For Frying the Chicken:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For Assembling the Sliders:

  • Soft slider buns
  • Sliced dill pickles
  • Mayonnaise


Marinating the Chicken:

    • In a bowl, combine the pickle juice, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir well to create the marinade.
    • Place the Five Star Home Foods 4oz Chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure it’s fully coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or preferably overnight. The longer it marinates, the more flavorful the chicken will be.

Frying the Chicken:

    • In a shallow dish, whisk together the all-purpose flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper to create the coating for the chicken.
    • Remove the marinated chicken from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before frying.
    • In a large skillet or frying pan, pour enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of the pan, about 1/4 inch deep. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F (175°C).
    • Take each marinated chicken cutlet and coat it thoroughly in the flour mixture, pressing the flour onto the chicken to adhere well.
    • Carefully place the coated chicken in the hot oil and fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Ensure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C). Fry the chicken in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.
    • Once fried, transfer the chicken sliders to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.

Assembling the Sliders:

    • Spread a dollop of mayonnaise on the bottom half of each soft slider bun.
    • Place a fried chicken cutlet on top of the mayonnaise.
    • Add a couple of sliced dill pickles on top of the chicken.
    • Top with the other half of the slider bun.

Serve and Enjoy

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