Brenda is an Ottawa native with a small eBay store. As Treasures by Brenda she sells a variety of new, used and vintage merchandise.
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. Today's children are definitely more movie savvy but I do not think that lessens the excitement they would feel over having this party.
Our premise was simple and our numbers were small. You cannot hope to have children watch a movie if there is a large group 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 (instructions below) 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 and put to use a toy cash register.
We strung a simple strand of white Christmas lights around the door to our Movie Theatre. Fairy lights, which seem to be readily available, would be totally suitable for this purpose.
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. Healthy food was definitely not in a starring role at this party.
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.
Pick A Child-Friendly Film
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. However, any recently released Disney movie would likely be a popular choice with your children unless they are very young.
Prepare 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 a was a bag add 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!
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 picked something simple but it was fun nevertheless. 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 cake, popcorn cupcakes or something a little bit or a lot simpler, you cannot have a birthday party without cake!
The cupcake shown below is real! Created by Stephanie Lynn and her instructions available by following that link. You will have to judge for yourself whether or not it is easy but it sure looks amazing.
Choose Simple or Elaborate 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 this set is a great option.
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 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*