How To Have A Children's Movie Themed Birthday Party
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.
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
Love the red and white popcorn container image on these napkins.
Your children will love having their drinks, whether pop or something more nutritious, served in these red and white popcorn cups.
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.
A Few Interesting Movie Options
A Movie Clapboard
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.
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.
More Movie-Themed Birthday Cake Ideas
- Popcorn Cupcakes
I absolutely love these Popcorn Cupcakes and they are a fun treat for all your party guests. So many people are unaware that you can make a cupcake look like popcorn so you will certainly wow them as well....
- The Popcorn Bucket Cake By Jennycakes
This Popcorn Bucket cake was made for a 10 year old girl's movie themed party-too fun! And not a week after I made this cake, a friend of mine sent me an article from a family magazine showing this style cake as the winner in their annual cake contes
- Easy Hot Dog And Fries Birthday Cake
This hot dog and fries cake is fun for fast food lovers -- or party-goers with a sweet tooth and a sense of humor.
- Amazing Star Wars Cupcakes - Fun for Birthdays & Parties!
You will LOVE these Star Wars Themed Cupcakes because they are so incredible! Please check out these great cupcake creations.Amazing! The Star Wars Decorated Cupcakes on this Site are Full of Great Ideas for any Birthday Party, Picnic, Anniversary or
- How to Decorate Panda Cupcakes (Perfect For A Kung Fu Panda Birthday Party)
This page tells you how to make the cutest little pancake cupcakes in town!
- Fairy Cupcakes (Perfect for a Tinker Bell / Tinkerbell Movie Birthday Party)
It is no secret, Fairies loves sweet things, Fairies loves flowers and Fairies loves shiny things - so what better combination than to make Fairy Cupcakes!
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.
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
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.
Melissa and Doug Play Money Set - (If you don't feel like making your own, this quality set will be an investment your children will use over and over again.)
"That's a loot of money! Conveniently packaged set has dozens of pretend bills from $1 to $100 and hundreds of play coins, all securely stored in a wooden cash drawer with sliding lid." ~~ Amazon
© 2010 Treasures By Brenda