Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Barnside Movie Party - "A League Of Their Own"

Barnside Movie at Silly Goose Farm

We hosted the 2nd Annual Silly Goose Farm Barnside Movie Party on Saturday (sounds very official, eh?). It was a blast, and it seems everyone enjoyed themselves. This year, we showed A League Of Their Own (we kept with the baseball theme from last year's The Sandlot). The weather was perfect (although a little humid and buggy - seriously, I think I have 50,000 bug bites), and the night was magical.

I kept the food and drink simple this year (well, more simple than usual). For beverages, I served a mint lemonade, white wine sangria, and assorted beers and juice boxes for the kids (sangria recipe coming soon!).

Barnside Movie at Silly Goose Farm

Barnside Movie at Silly Goose Farm

Barnside Movie at Silly Goose Farm 

Food was kept to a popcorn station (everyone loves an old air popper!), brownies and a yummy jalapeno dip brought by friends and neighbors, and ice cream sandwiches.
Barnside Movie at Silly Goose Farm

Barnside Movie at Silly Goose Farm

I made four flavor combinations of sandwiches, including peanut butter-chocolate, chocolate chip-toasted coconut, chocolate-mint, and oatmeal raisin-scotch vanilla (I made everything from scratch except for the mint and chocolate ice creams. I ran out of time! Recipes to follow).

Edith was having a rough day, and slept through the entire event. Eric, on the other hand, was in the middle of the action all night.

Barnside Movie at Silly Goose Farm

Barnside Movie at Silly Goose Farm

The orange moon was nestled behind a grove of trees for the evening, which allowed the stars to twinkle. I'm not sure which was brighter - the stars or the hundreds of fireflies that hovered around us, flashing their little lights like the most steadfast theatre attendants.

Barnside Movie at Silly Goose Farm

Barnside Movie at Silly Goose Farm

We are hoping to have another movie night before the season is over. I would like to do this every year (show a family-friendly movie (I'd love to show You've Got Mail or Bringing Up Baby), and perhaps a more "cult" movie - topping my list are The Royal Tennenbaums, Harold and Maude, and The Big LebowskiI get the feeling that no matter what we choose to show, we'll still have a great time.

Have you ever watched a movie in plein air? What are some of your favorite movies? I'd love to hear! Let me know in the comments, or tell me about it on Twitter! I'll be posting recipes and how-to's from the party soon, including tips on making your party fit within a sustainable lifestyle. And a very special thanks to my lovely, gracious friend Christine, who took the lovely pictures you see here!


PoetessWug said...

What a lovely idea...except for the bug bites {Which would be why it would be a no-no around here!...just saying! LOL} I love your choice of movie too. That's a particular favorite of mine. So is 'Bringing up Baby'! The King and I would also probably work...the Yul Brynner version of course!

Christine said...

A movie under the stars... perfect.

theartfulgardener said...

I love your blog and your creativity! It seems like you're having a lot of fun! : ) You don't live too far from where I grew up in Sharon Springs... I live in Germany now with my husband and our 21 month old daughter. I have been missing home quite a bit lately. So nice to see photos of your amazing garden and home! Laura V.

renée said...

looks like a magical night! we once showed meatballs part two on a huge borrowed screen in our old apartment. everyone brought camp foods. it was awesome! i hope to be at the next one!

alyssa said...

wow, so bummed i missed this! i'll definitely have to show my face next time. gorgeous spread!

i vote casablanca or a malick flick (badlands or days of heaven would be quite the experience against the side of a barn!)

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

Thanks for all the wonderful comments! I love your thoughts.

@PoetessWugg - As long as everyone sang along with "The King and I!"

@Christine - more perfect that you were there (wah wah waaah).

@theartfulgardener - thanks for finding me! I hope you stop by often. I will have pictures of Sharon Springs soon, as I hope to make it to the Harvest Festival this year. My husband and I also frequent The American Hotel often!

@Renee - that sounds like too much! I hope you are at the next one, too.

@alyssa - Oo! "Casablanca!" That would be divine. Will be in the office tomorrow, I'll bring ice cream sandwiches with me (as per McKasty's request :-)

Prippy Handbook said...

I think this is the "must" event of summer!

Looked like a spectacular evening. Something ripped from Martha Stewart Living, except with more heart!

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

@Prippy Handbook, that is so sweet! Thank you so much. Pfft, take that, Marfa!! I only wish you and B could have been there. Any plans so be North in September?

Lynn said...

I love this idea! I decided I'm having a Christmas party/birthday party (hopefully house warming too) party this year and want to rent a screen for outside and show Christmas shows (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Polar Express, Rudolph, ect) outside for the kiddies and do a hot cocoa and cookie buffet for them to munch on. I'll probably beg you for some stylish and fun ideas once I get more into planning :)

Daniel B. said...

This was an incredible event, I don't know how you do it. Kids, job, garden, blog, and still have time to make homemade ice cream and cookies for those sandwiches.

I'm looking forward to the recipe for the scotch vanilla.

Seems like your movie choices line up perfectly with my favorites. Tennenbaums, Lebowski & H&M are pictures I never tire of watching.

Thank you for including me. It was great to meet you and Christine, and I'm looking forward to my next trip out to the barn.

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

@Lynn - Sounds amazing@ Quite the event. Let me know if I can offer any advice (though I'm no expert!!).

@Daniel - So glad you made it! It was my pleasure. We'll be in touch for future events (hoping to do another movie party and an old-fashioned pie auction later this year).