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How To Have A Children's Movie Themed Birthday Party

Updated on September 10, 2014

An Easy Children's Movie Birthday Party

Many moons ago or actually at least a decade ago, we had a children's movie themed birthday party. It was back in the days when our little boys were not movie savvy. They had not seen many movies so a movie party was a very exciting idea, especially when you throw in the fact that you host your very own concession stand!

Our premise was simple and our numbers were small. You cannot hope to have children watch a movie if there is a large crowd of excited children so we chose a few very special friends.

We created a concession stand by displaying a generous selection of treats, all priced and ready for sale.

We created play money and issued an appropriate amount to each child when they arrived at the party. The concept of spending their money at the snack bar was exciting and my son, the birthday boy, was thrilled to be the cashier. (We even have had a little plastic cash register.)

We strung a simple strand of white Christmas lights around the door to our Movie Theatre.

A party of this nature is suitable for children of any age. The movie is really the determining factor and can be adjusted to be appropriate for your child and his or her friends. When we hosted our movie party, it was for a little boy who was less than six years old and so that is the focus of this page. I am sure you will find a few ideas for your child's movie party on this page, no matter what their age.

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Plan The Menu

At our party, it was definitely a highlight when the children purchased their own treats for the movie at our concession stand.

We offered a selection of chocolate bars, licorice, popcorn and beverages. Everything was priced appropriately and the birthday boy was the cashier.

Stopping for pizza would have been disruptive and perhaps unnecessary because of the presence of the treats but you can make that decision, perhaps based on the timing of your party and the age of the children in attendance.

Choose Some Movie Themed Paper Products

Creative Converting Hanging Décor New Year Countdown Banner
Creative Converting Hanging Décor New Year Countdown Banner
Love the red and white popcorn container image on these napkins.
Creative Converting Hanging Décor New Year Countdown Banner
Creative Converting Hanging Décor New Year Countdown Banner
Your children will love having their drinks, whether pop or something more nutritious, served in these red and white popcorn cups.
Cars on Blu-ray
Cars on Blu-ray

Pick A Child-Friendly Movie

If you are liberal in what you allow your children to watch, I recommend you choose an age-appropriate movie for this gathering. I cannot stress this part enough as my children were invited to parties when they were very young where movies were being shown that were NOT appropriate for their ages. This made me uncomfortable and, in a few cases, meant my boys could not attend the birthday party in question.

If you are unsure of the age recommendations for a particular movie, I offer the following suggestions and reference points. Although any recently released Disney movie would likely be a popular choice with your children.

A resource I use frequently, The Movie Mom, is a good place to check age recommendations if you already have a movie in mind.

Movie Clapboard
Movie Clapboard | Source

A Movie Clapboard

My sons would have loved to have had a nice movie clapboard in their pretend play toy collection and for their birthday party!

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Popcorn Birthday Cake
Popcorn Birthday Cake | Source

Plan the Cake (or Cupcakes)

Of course, there had to be a birthday cake afterward. I'm no artist when it comes to food so I am sure we picked something simple. We had a hot dog and french fry cake in keeping with the concession stand idea of this party. Whatever you choose, whether it be an amazing bucket of popcorn, popcorn cupcakes or something a little bit or a lot simpler, you cannot have a birthday party without cake!

Yes, the cake shown here is REALLY a cake! Jennycakes, the creator of this popcorn birthday cake said, this "Popcorn Bucket cake is AWESOME and will amaze everyone (and will amaze you as it is so simple!)" You will have to judge for yourself whether or not it is easy but it sure looks AMAZING.

Popcorn Cupcakes
Popcorn Cupcakes | Source

No fooling, this IS a cupcake. The creator, Stephanie Lynn, made this popcorn cupcake for a carnival-themed birthday party for her son; however, it would be equally at home at a movie-themed party, wouldn't it? Find all of Stephanie's instructions on how to make this popcorn cupcakes by clicking right here.

Your cake, of course, could either be movies themed, themed to the actual movie that you watched or simply, your child's favorite kind of cake. Here are a few movie-themed cake ideas.

Fresh Popcorn 7in Snack Tray
Fresh Popcorn 7in Snack Tray
These small 7-inch trays are inexpensive and perfect for the children to carry their snacks on.

Choose Some Simple or Some Elaborate Party Decorations

The movie-themed birthday party is really a great party because the children are bound to be happy whether you choose a few movie-themed supplies or a lot. The movie and the food alone are fun on their own but here are a few movie-themed decorations for your consideration. You can order these ones from Amazon but I cannot help but wonder if the local movie theatre would sell you some.

Novelty Lights 100 Light Clear Christmas Mini Light Set, White Wire, 34' Long…
Novelty Lights 100 Light Clear Christmas Mini Light Set, White Wire, 34' Long…
A simple and effective decorating idea is a strand of white lights. Simply string them around the door to your home theatre. Afterward, you will be able to reuse these lights at Christmas time or for your next movie birthday party.

Prepare Your Loot Bags

How about using a reusable popcorn container?

Loot bags for a movie-themed party can be super easy. I would make sure that each child received a ]reusable plastic popcorn bucket, even if it is the one they actually use during the party. Ideas for filling it include adding an assortment of small, single-serving sized candy treats; a pair of inexpensive sunglasses; inexpensive costume jewelry; or a video rental card. I would make sure that there was a bag of microwavable popcorn, too.

Of course, you could always add items that were related to the movie YOU watched. For instance, if you chose Disney-Pixar's CARS movie, you could add cars or other items from the movie. The sky is the limit!

Bonus Idea: Make Your Own Movie Money

Movie Money
Movie Money

Put a caricature of your child in the middle!

We made our own money so that the children really could shop at the concession stand. We were fortunate that we had a friend who was artistic (although I suppose you don't really have to be an artist) who drew a small profile of our son's head, which we inserted into a dollar bill from a Monopoly game. Then we photocopied the amount of money that we deemed necessary for buying treats. This is an easy, low or no-cost idea that was a lot of fun. We enjoyed the money so much that we kept our money on the fridge for many years after the birthday party! (Of course, I cannot find our 'Ian buck' right now to show you the result. I'll work on that.) You could even digitally alter a dollar bill to insert a photo of your child.

© 2010 Treasures By Brenda

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    • TreasuresBrenda profile imageAUTHOR

      Treasures By Brenda 

      6 years ago from Canada

      @CherylsArt: Thanks. It was fun!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      6 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      marley101 lm 

      6 years ago

      Yea i do!Love this party idea for my little brother

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      6 years ago

      What a fun birthday party idea!

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      6 years ago

      Such a fun idea!

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      7 years ago

      Saw your lens featured on Sharing Our Experiences: 22 Must-Read Lenses, loved it, as usual, thank you Brenda

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      7 years ago

      None in the future, but that popcorn cake is outstanding and it would be fun for any birthday party with a fun attitude.

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      7 years ago

      Great idea! Also, thanks for mentioning the part about choosing age-appropriate movies.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sounds like great fun!

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      7 years ago

      What a unique birthday party idea! It is great :)

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      7 years ago

      That cake is Awesome!!

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      7 years ago

      What a fun birthday party idea!

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      7 years ago

      What do you mean for kids? I would love to have my own movie party. This would be such great fun!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Let's party! I do love all of these ideas!

    • DecoratingEvents profile image


      7 years ago

      Such wonderful ideas for a movie themed birthday party! I love it!

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      7 years ago

      My boy will be having one of these on New Year's Day when he turns 7.. thanks for the great ideas to help us plan it!!!

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      nolinel lm 

      8 years ago

      I love your ideas, thanks for sharing...

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      Melissa Miotke 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      That cupcake is so cool! Great lens

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      8 years ago

      One of my grand kids is having a birthday, and she has been asking me to get popcorn of all things. I'm going to get some, but you have given me some ideas here. Thank you!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      10 years ago from United States

      Just dropped back by to thank you for featuring my Panda Cupcakes lens! This is such a cool lens and I feel very honored to be included.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      10 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Sounds like a great idea!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      10 years ago from United States

      This might very well be the best children's birthday party ideas I have ever heard! I love it! I think I will ask my family to host one like it for me on my next birthday. It would be a lot better than the "over the hills" theme I expect. Perhaps it was meant for children, but I like movie nights too or perhaps it is true, as we age, we revert back to childhood.

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      tandemonimom lm 

      10 years ago

      This is ADORABLE!!! I love the popcorn cake especially! What a great idea!

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      10 years ago

      Terrific lens Brenda! Love the concession stand with fake money idea. Thank you for adding this lens to the Kid's Birthday Party Club. :)

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      10 years ago

      Great ideas! And every child would love to see his/her own photo on play money!

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      Susan Deppner 

      10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love, love, love the idea of a children's movie themed party! We had a lot of theme parties for our boys, but never a movie theme. I love the cake, the invitations, just everything you've presented here. Fun, fun, fun!

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      10 years ago

      Now this bring back memories. Our elementary school used to do this on Saturday. Now grant you the school was small but we did fill up the room where the movie was showing I learned how to make "change" from our dollar bills we had. It was fun. 5*


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