DIY PARTY | Rooftop Girl’s Movie Night


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A couple weeks ago I threw an amazing rooftop movie night at the Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel with some of my good friends.  It has been a minute since I’ve gotten together with my girls from the intern days at InStyle, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to gab a little, and indulge in a romantic comedy. We were spoiled with the most delicious food from the Sheraton’s new Paired tasting menu, with Diet Coke, made up of artisanal small plates and a very fancy take on the traditional bar snacks. It was honestly so nice to get a little blissful break from all the craziness and just hang out and catch up with friends, it makes my heart happy that even though the years pass, we don’t skip a beat when we get together. It was exactly what I needed after being so busy lately. So today I wanted to share some tips for hosting your own rooftop or backyard movie party to make the night perfect!

Tip #1: Set the mood with a pile of plush pillows for your guests to relax on, and cozy blankets for when it gets chilly.
Tip #2: The décor is essential to set the theme for the night, so get some colorful rugs and bright accessories for ambiance.
Tip #3: Make sure you have a variety of good food, Fried Mac & Cheese and Smoked Bacon Bites will make your mouth water (recipe after the break)! And popcorn is always a winner, bonus points if you can get your hands on a vintage popper.
Tip #4: Movie choice is key, since we were having an all girl’s night on a New York rooftop, we went for the classic NYC love story, When Harry Met Sally
Tip #5: It’s all in the details! Fun marquee lights are an inexpensive and unique way to shine a little light on the event
Tip #6: Make your guest feel super special with personalize Coke bottles (make them here) with your friend’s names on them. It’s a great keepsake and reminder of an unforgettable night!

PHOTOS BY | Lydia Hudgens. More pics after the break!

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Pair with: Diet Coke

1⁄2 teaspoon hot mustard
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons of shaved butter
1⁄2 cup sour cream
4 cups béchamel sauce
3 eggs beaten
1 cup asiago cheese shredded
2 cup sharp yellow cheddar
1 cup grated jalapeno jack cheese
4 cups cooked cavatelli pasta
1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup cooked and hand chopped double smoked bacon

In a medium saucepan add béchamel sauce and heat slowly. Fold in cheeses until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and add hot mustard, shaved butter, sour cream and black pepper. Let cool.
In a large mixing bowl add cooked pasta, fold in beaten eggs and double smoked bacon. Once ingredients are evenly distributed add the cold béchamel to the pasta and fold in lightly until pasta is completely coated.

If you have a “V” mold fill with Mac n Cheese mixture and press firmly into vessel.
Bake Mac n Cheese for 1 hour at 350 then set aside and let cool to firm up.
Remove from mold once cool and slice into 1⁄2 inch slices.
Using breading station mixture with all-purpose flour, seasoned egg wash & herb seasoned parmesan panko bread crumbs, bread each slice in double coating. In hot oil fry each piece and then let rest on paper towel to remove excess oil.

Recipe from: Executive Chef Paul Paboudjian, Sheraton Centre Toronto




  1. Manavi says:

    It seems like a lot of fun. Everything up there is making me want to host a get together for my girls and I can’t wait to use some of your tips. Also I could watch When Harry met Sally for like the 100th time now. Love it. Love Meg Ryan. Love your post!


  2. Helen says:

    This rooftop party looks like it was a lot of fun! Everything about it makes me want to host my own movie night with friends. I’ll have to try out that Mac & Cheese recipe as well!


  3. Elishia says:

    This looks amazing!!! What a dreamy way to watch your fav films… I bet those personalised bottles get used for proposals!!

  4. Sophie says:

    This looks amazing! Looks like you all had a great time! Sophie x

  5. Julia says:

    Ah that rooftop looks so dreamy! I want to have a party like this as well with all of my closest girl friends next summer 🙂


  6. Michelle says:

    The place looks so amazing and cozy, and the food looks beyond delicious!

  7. Neeltje | Thoughts in Style says:

    Ah I love this! It looks amazing. X

  8. Sherry says:

    How fun is that!!!! Food and drinks look delicious.???

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