Covid has a lot to answer for this year; not only was my best friends beautiful wedding postponed until next year, three of our holidays abroad cancelled and the children had to home-school for six months whilst I worked from home, then my daughters Millie’s landmark thirteenth birthday party fell victim to new lockdown restrictions! Give me strength..!
So I was over the moon to discover Projectoflix, a home cinema experience which allowed us to abide by lockdown restrictions of six people per social gathering whilst holding a home cinema party for my daughter and her friends on her very special day.
Projectoflix have a selection of packages and prices to suit all budgets and occasions, conveniently rocking up at the door with everything you need for a pop-up party from set-up and installation to removal and all of the added extras to bring the magic of cinema to your home.
Their home cinema packages can be used indoors with the curtains closed during daylight hours or outdoors once it’s dark, with optional wireless headphones providing a fully immersive experience for viewers whilst keeping the screen silent to non-watchers – perfect for the neighbours!
I chose the bronze package for my daughters birthday which is incredibly affordable and perfectly sized for our rather bijoux back garden. This consisted of an 8.7ft static screen and projector, 4 inflatable chairs for the girls, lanterns, moodlighting, a soundbar and 3 bags of microwave popcorn. Additional extras include wireless headphones, a smart blu-ray player, gaming consoles, additional chairs, sweet cones and popcorn.
Seeing as the girls had been at school during the day, Millie’s party started at 5pm with the cinema team arriving shortly after to setup the garden which took around 90mins – just the right amount of time for the girls to pour some lemonade and demolish several pizzas as the sun set.
Stepping into the garden after the team had worked their magic felt like something straight out of a movie set! Twinkling lights, mystical lanterns and colour changing mood lighting created the most serene atmosphere coupled with the scent of freshly popped corn and the flickering film-reel of the Universal logo lighting up the night sky.
Outdoor cinemas are becoming such a hot event across the world right now as people seek alternative outdoor-entertainment; yet drive-in cinemas date all the way back to 1933 where the first ever movie theatre was held outdoors for eager motorists in Camden, New Jersery with its peak in popularity most famously being between the 1950s and 1960s.
Seeing as the seasons are turning and the Autumn weather forecast isn’t as forgiving as the previous several weeks, we pre-empted the evening may become wet or windy at some point for which you can conveniently book a gazebo for every eventuality.
They also conveniently offer a free of charge date-change so that you can rearrange your booking to an alternative date (subject to availability) if the weather is too windy or a torrential storm suddenly decides to strike.
Wrapped up warm and cosy in coats, blankets and sipping on hot chocolates, even the rain couldn’t dampen the celebrations. The girls had the most amazing time and the giggles, smiles and excitement of the movie will undoubtedly be the talk of the playground for many months to come.
The rentals can be either overnight or same-day delivery and collection, so once the girls had finally fell asleep after partying the night away it was the perfect opportunity for the adults to creep out of hiding and take over the big screen with a cocktail or two and a Netflix binge!
The screen comes complete with a media stick that requires WiFi and internet access in order to stream movies. It took us just a couple of minutes to login to our Netflix account al fresco and pick up where we left off on our latest series – you can use your own Apple TV, Google, Amazon Prime, Netflix etc. with the screen.
Screens range in size from 8.7ft (which we had) to a whopping 24ft for those with slightly more lawn space! For tech junkies and teenage boys, you can also connect any console via HDMI to the screen which is why we’ve already booked our second garden party to christen our PS5 once it’s released later in the year for the game night to end all game nights!
The team were incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and professional, taking absolutely all of the stress and effort out of throwing a party for an enthusiastic pack of teenage girls. After what has been such a testing and turbulent year for so many throughout this pandemic, it was the most wonderful experience to celebrate such a special occasion, laugh, have fun and make magical memories that we will cherish forever.