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How To Have A Children's Movie Themed Birthday Party

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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

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.


A Few Interesting Movie Options

Hotel For Dogs Movie ~~ Who Let The Dogs In, A Movie Review

Disney's Ratatouille Movie Food & Blu-ray Movie Review

The Five Best Blu-ray Disney Movies For Your Young Children

The Best Disney Blu-ray Movies Are Magic For You and Your Children

Peter Pan on Blu-ray and DVD (2013)

Movie Clapboard

Movie Clapboard

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

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

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

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.

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

Are you looking forward to a children's movie themed birthday party?

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on June 23, 2014:

@CherylsArt: Thanks. It was fun!

Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on May 23, 2014:

@anonymous: Thank you!

marley101 lm on March 26, 2014:

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

anonymous on March 06, 2014:

What a fun birthday party idea!

CherylsArt on March 04, 2014:

Such a fun idea!

anonymous on September 13, 2013:

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

lesliesinclair on September 09, 2013:

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

ChocolateLily on September 07, 2013:

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

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on September 04, 2013:

Sounds like great fun!

Takkhis on June 25, 2013:

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

anonymous on March 09, 2013:

That cake is Awesome!!

KyraB on February 18, 2013:

What a fun birthday party idea!

BuckHawkcenter on February 10, 2013:

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

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on February 08, 2013:

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

DecoratingEvents on February 08, 2013:

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

ismeedee on November 26, 2012:

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!!!

nolinel lm on September 03, 2012:

I love your ideas, thanks for sharing...

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on August 13, 2012:

That cupcake is so cool! Great lens

anonymous on January 05, 2012:

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!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on June 30, 2010:

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.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on May 15, 2010:

Sounds like a great idea!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on May 15, 2010:

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.

tandemonimom lm on May 12, 2010:

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

Janet2221 on May 12, 2010:

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

Joan4 on May 12, 2010:

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

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on May 11, 2010:

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!

tssfacts on May 11, 2010:

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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