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Throw a movie themed birthday party

Updated on October 4, 2014

A Movie Party is great for all ages!

Would you like to have a movie themed birthday party? Are you looking for an easy birthday party idea for a teen or a tween? A movie birthday party is perfect for kids of all ages. My daughter recently turned 12 and she wanted a movie party for her birthday celebration. We came up with some fun party activities and food for her Movie Birthday Party. She decided to make her party a sleepover party since that seemed to fit in well with a late night movie. Read on to find games and activities, an adorable Popcorn Birthday Cake, and movie themed party favors.

Make a Popcorn Birthday Cake - This cake is so easy to make

I used a box mix and can of icing for this cake.You can click on the "cake" link to get step-by-step how-to directions to make this fabulous cake. All I needed to add was some decorator icing and some kettle corn for this adorable cake.

Some fun activities for your Movie Party

Watching a movie is the main activity that we planned, however, we did come up with some other fun things to do during my daughter's movie birthday party. The kids all had fun and had a great time playing some games before the movie. Here are some fun things to do in addition to watching the movie:

  1. Play "Who Am I?" As the girls arrived, I pinned a character name on their back. They could ask yes or no questions to find out what movie character they were. I used Disney Princesses to make this easy for the girls to guess since they were all familiar characters.
  2. Play Movie Trivia (I used Disney Movies for our trivia game since most of the girls had seen many Disney movies.)
  3. Play Movie Bingo (This one was done during the movie itself--more info below in this lens.)
  4. Walk the Red Carpet (The girls had fun giving each other makeovers with make-up and hairdos, then they took turns walking the red carpet and being announced to the other party guests.)
  5. Visit the concession stand (I gave out play movie money and the girls could "purchase" snacks at the concession stand for the movie.)
  6. Tye-Dye T-shirts (Okay, so this one wasn't totally movie-related, but put teen and tween girls together, give them a white t-shirt and some tye dye bottles and watch the fun happen!)
  7. Make Your Own Sundae Bar (Making sundaes was more fun than just eating ice cream with the cake.)
  8. Have a Movie themed pinata.

Don't forget the Popcorn!

I must have popped at least 3 pounds of popcorn kernels. I would recommend popping more than you think you will need. I had bags popped for each girl and a few extra bowls for refills. The girls loved having popcorn during the movie and they snacked on it all evening. I just love my Orville Redenbacher hot air popcorn popper! You can add all kinds of fun flavors to your popcorn and serve them in popcorn bags.

I love my Orville Redenbacher Hot Air Popcorn Popper!

Presto 04821 Orville Redenbacher's Hot Air Popper
Presto 04821 Orville Redenbacher's Hot Air Popper

I love air popped popcorn. I prefer my popcorn without salt and oil as a healthy snack, but my kids like it salted and oiled. My air popper works so quickly and then I can add any seasonings to the bowl. That way we can all have the kind of popcorn we like. I use it so often that I don't bother to put it away; it sits on my counter at all times. Popcorn is a cheap healthy snack--full grain and flavorful!


Movie Bingo is fun to play during the movie

I printed out bingo cards with things that would appear in the movie. We chose objects, people and places that were specific to the movie my daughter had chosen, then the girls played bingo during the movie. I cut out little stars with a scrapbooking tool and used these as bingo markers.

You can generate your own bingo cards using any words you choose here: Print Bingo Cards.

Movie Themed Pinata - What's a party without a pinata?

I made my own pinata for my daughter's party. I made it in about 20 minutes and I think it cost a grand total of $3.50. Kids of all ages like pinatas. With lots of kids (I have 7), I need to be frugal. I simply use paper bags as the candy bags and make my own pinatas with a paper grocery bag.

Here's a Movie Party Game in a box

Scene It? Disney Magical Moments
Scene It? Disney Magical Moments

What better game for a party than Scene it? Here's a Disney version. No prior planning needed, just open the box and the fun begins. Fun for all ages!


Movie Themed Party Favors - Use plastic popcorn boxes as your party favor boxes

I got each girl a plastic popcorn box as a party favor box. We didn't use these during the movie, since we didn't want them to be greasy. We filled them with boxes of Movie candy, pencils and mini notebooks, lip gloss and glow sticks that they could use during the movie.

Get these Great Movie Party Favor Boxes

Popcorn movie plastic container box
Popcorn movie plastic container box

The kids will love their popcorn party favor boxes! Fill them with movie size candy, glow sticks, stickers and more.


Scenes from our Movie Themed Party

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The Popcorn is ready for the movie!The girls enjoyed playing "Who Am I" -- guessing which Disney Princess was taped to their backReady for the Movie PinataTye Dye Time!Make your own Sundaes.  Sundaes are more fun when you make your own!
The Popcorn is ready for the movie!
The Popcorn is ready for the movie!
The girls enjoyed playing "Who Am I" -- guessing which Disney Princess was taped to their back
The girls enjoyed playing "Who Am I" -- guessing which Disney Princess was taped to their back
Ready for the Movie Pinata
Ready for the Movie Pinata
Tye Dye Time!
Tye Dye Time!
Make your own Sundaes.  Sundaes are more fun when you make your own!
Make your own Sundaes. Sundaes are more fun when you make your own!

Make your Movie Party Authentic! - Get these special products!

Dozen Popcorn Paper Bags
Dozen Popcorn Paper Bags

The kids were delighted to have their popcorn from these bags. These are the bags pictured in my photo above.

I.Q. Accessories Plastic Popcorn Tub, Square
I.Q. Accessories Plastic Popcorn Tub, Square

Pop extra for the movie! That way the party guests can refill their individual bags throughout the movie.


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      anonymous 4 years ago

      this is a cool party theme...not that party needs a theme...

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Recently my daughter went to a crazy party where the theme was horror movies. I somehow did not like the idea but many felt it was cool. Strange.

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      NoYouAreNot 4 years ago

      Wow, it must be hard sometimes to constantly come up with new ideas -- I mean, with 7 kids, you have to be resourceful. Congratulations, may they live long and happy lives!

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      We just had a teen movie party where everyone came dressed as their favorite movie character. It was a hoot.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      These are creative ideas! Great lens!

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      Auriel 5 years ago

      Nice Party ideas..

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      BestForTheMoneyz 5 years ago

      I am ready to have a squid party :) if Guinness is incorporated somewhere ;)

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      Oh how I love your ideas and pictures! What fun you must have in your home.

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      tobydavis 5 years ago

      Fantastic idea for a party theme - hmmm.... my birthday is coming up... you may have given me an idea :-)

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      KyraB 5 years ago

      What a cute and fun idea!

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      A movie-themed party is a great idea. That popcorn cake is awesome.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: YEA I GOT 20%

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a great idea for a party.

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      foodchik 6 years ago

      Cool Ideas, i sometimes order a whole bunch of Gourmet Popcorn online but like the option you are giving here!!

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      I love the movie theme, so many cool ideas. I like the popcorn cake. Kids would love the walk the red carpet like a movie star.

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      Nice theme for a party!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lots of fun here. Surprised I didn't do better on the Disney quiz!

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      Deadicated LM 6 years ago

      Sure, why not. Great ideas & lens.

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      Deadicated LM 6 years ago

      Sure, why not. Great ideas & lens.

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      dessertlover 6 years ago

      This would be such a fun theme, your ideas were really creative. It looks like the kids had a blast!

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      DelightfulDanie 6 years ago

      This party was so much fun!! Great lens :)

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      maytheforcebewi 6 years ago

      I'm always ready to have a party!

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Mom, I had so much fun at my movie party that you threw me, and then wrote a lens about!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Absolutely fun from start to finish, I love how your children party! The popcorn cake is a first time for me and very innovative and I still love pinata's and when you make your own you know just what everyone likes. Missed the first question on the quiz, over thought it but otherwise on was Disney wise. Fun!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fun, fun, fun. I want to go to a movie party too!

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      CCGAL 6 years ago

      Gosh, it has been so long since I've either attended or thrown a party, I had almost forgotten how much fun they can be. Very nicely put together lens, this. I enjoyed it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great party theme idea! I love your homemade Pinata and all of your ideas for this movie party. I'm sure it was a big hit!