Did you enjoy the Oscars this past weekend?! Well, in honor of the favorite American pastime, I am featuring our Night at the Movies birthday party today! This was my oldest, Ethan’s, 9th birthday party two years ago. It was so much fun to put together, a perfect outdoor party theme, and full of great movie party ideas. Join me for a stroll down the red carpet…
Ethan’s movie choice was Karate Kid (2010), so Kung Fu Popcorn was a must. Kung Fu popcorn is, simply, buttered popcorn with m&m’s. This popcorn mix was the “star” and could be the featured popcorn for any movie party. Celebrity sighting…you can see Paula Deen made an appearance at this movie party. Look carefully – haha!Our red carpet was really a red rope entrance to the backyard, and the “rope” was red crepe paper. The marquee sign is part of Hello Love Designs Movie Night printable collection.Party guests were not asked to wear black ties or designer dresses. Instead, they were asked to wear swimming suits! The hot July Texas heat certainly called for a little swimming at this movie party.Party guests were greeted with a 360 degree concession stand as they entered the backyard. I decided to use the umbrella table that was already on the porch instead of bringing in a fancy table or piece of furniture. It was an outdoor party, and what says outdoor more than an umbrella table?! I found this snazzy, bold red stripe table cloth at Target that zipped around the umbrella pole. Love it! Very practical. I also loved mixing red stripes throughout the party to mimic the iconic popcorn boxes. A concession stand staple for a movie night party is the box candy, for sure. I picked up several varieties at our local grocery store.Around the corner from the movie box candy was one of my favorite pieces to the party – the old chip stand. I borrowed my brother’s vintage chip stand, and it was perfect for the cotton candy I found.Traditional candies were available too. The kids were in heaven with 360 degrees of sugar!Drinks were kept cold in an ice bucket. I tucked in cupcake toppers for a festive touch.Since we were watching Karate Kid, we needed fortune cookies but not just any fortune cookies – chocolate dipped fortune cookies. I picked up the fortune cookies and chopsticks at our local Chinese food restaurant.The kids also played a game using the chopsticks. The same number of popcorn pieces were placed on each child’s plate. Whoever ate all the popcorn first, using only chopsticks and without dropping any on the ground, won a prize to take home. The kids loved the game so much that we played it several times. Everyone, including adults, were getting a kick watching this game of dexterity! So much fun.Here he is, the birthday boy, next to his popcorn cake baked by his dad.
This is the top of the popcorn cake. Can you believe that the “popcorn” is scored marshmallows?! Thanks to Bakerella for the cake inspiration! It was a tasty hit. Ethan’s party was also featured on Kara’s Party Ideas. You can find our Movie Night invitation and printables here. All photographs taken by Jennifer Schattle Photography.
Wait until you see what we have planned for Ethan’s party this year! The planning is already in the works. Can’t wait to share it with you later this summer!