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Movie Theme Birthday Party

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Dim the lights, butter some popcorn, and get ready for some big-screen fun with a movie theme birthday party!

Whether you're celebrating a girls' nite with a chick-flick, hosting a premiere party to celebrate the release of an amazing DVD, or having a movie-marathon-sleepover, a movie party is always so much fun for any age group!

Since the main event for this type of party is really watching a movie, the ideas for decorations, foods, invites, etc. are pretty similar for all ages.

So, if you're an adult looking for adult party ideas and see a few kid-friendly ideas mixed in...or vice versa...don't worry! You'll still find what you're looking for here!

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movie party invitations

There are so many fun invitation ideas for a movie theme birthday party! has a great selection movie party invites that can be personalized just for you! You get to choose the wording, font, and color. Sweet!

Another neat idea, which happens to be a hot trend right now, is movie ticket birthday party invitations. There are some amazing designs for these on eBay, and if you look at the seller's information you'll find quite a few of them do custom orders. Just remember to always check the seller's feedback before placing an order on eBay.

For something truly unique, send each guest a pack of microwave popcorn or movie theater candy in a manilla envelope, and print some admission tickets to go along with it.

If you'd rather make your own invites, that's always fun. You can create your own original masterpieces using images from your featured movie and some scrapbooking supplies.

Comfy and cozy are what this party theme is all about! movie party ideas

Be sure that you have plenty of seating available for everyone, and make sure that it's arranged in a way that will allow everyone have a good view of the TV.

For extra coziness, you can have lots of pillows and throw blankets available for anyone who might want them.

Here are a few more decorating ideas that would be great for your movie theme birthday party:

  • Movie posters: You can often get these for free (or close to it) at movie theaters or movie rental stores. If you can't get your hands on any, just print movie pictures off of the internet and make your own.
  • Roll Out the Red Carpet: If this a premiere party, make your guests feel like movie stars by rolling out the red carpet for them!
  • "Now Showing" Personalized Banner: Create a poster to recognize the birthday guy or girl..."Now Showing: Madison's 16th Birthday Premiere," or you can order one. has one that would be great!
  • Movie Night Cutouts: These cinematic decorations will add some box-office bling to your party area!

Movie Theme Birthday Party Activities

Movie Camera Pinata Each
  • Movie Trivia: Come up with some movie trivia questions to be asked during potty breaks. For the little guests, Disney questions always work well.
  • Movie Camera Pinata
  • Movie Charades
  • Guess Who: Find some magazines with pictures of movie stars in them. Cut out certain features of each star (Angelina Jolie's lips or John Travolta's chin, etc.) and see who can correctly guess the most movie stars. For the little guys, this can be done with cartoon characters.
  • Classic Quotes: Write down a bunch of famous movie quotes and have the guests try to guess which movies they're from.

Movie Theme Birthday Party Favors

Here are some really cool movie party favors that your guests are going to love! movie party favors

  • Gift cards for the movie rental store
  • Popcorn boxes filled with movie candies
  • Fresh Popped Milk Chocolate Lollipops
  • Soundtrack CDs: Burn copies of your movie's soundtrack to give to your guests, or create your own movie-mix with your favorite songs from a lot of different movies.

Movie Theme Birthday Party Treats and Snacks

Bring on the popcorn and candy! For this party, serving anything that can be found at a movie theater is perfect! movie candy

Popcorn, soft pretzels, corn dogs, nachos...snacks like these are great choices.

You could even set up a mini burger bar and let everyone build their own mini burgers if you wanted to.

Fill clear glass jars with colorful candies, or lay out candy bars on a nice platter. is a fabulous resource for candy...and you can shop by color so that the candies match your decor!

Serve soda in vintage soda bottles, or mix up some slushies for everyone to enjoy.

For a fun touch, set up your food table like a concession stand. The guests will get a big kick out of it!

movie party cupcakes
Photo from the book, Hello Cupcake.

I love, love, love these popcorn cupcakes from the book, Hello, Cupcake!

They are positively adorable and go incredibly well with this party!

If you don't already own it, get your copy of Hello Cupcake today!

Not only will you get full instructions for making these cute treats, there are pages full of fantastic cupcakes ideas that you do not want to miss!

Another fun cake for this party is a clap-board cake. I made one for my daughter's Hollywood-theme party, and the kids loved it! You can see that cake and get full directions on how to make it here.

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Jazz up your party with some fun movie party supplies.

From paper goods to centerpieces and everything in between, can totally hook you up!

They've even got full-size stand-ups that can bring your party to life... large boxes of popcorn or even a props for a drive-in movie setup.

Super cool and lots of fun!

Tiny Prints has movie party invites perfect for any age group! They offer high quality invitations that are personalized just for you, at prices that are hard to beat. I love the look of the drive-in movie invitations shown above! So fun!
eBay is another great place to find custom invitations. You'll find a lot of themed movie ticket invitations there, which seem to be an increasingly popular trend right now. Twilight and Smurf movie ticket invitations seem to be selling like hotcakes over there. They're worth a looksie if ticket-style invitations are what you're looking for.
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Shop by Candy Color! Treat your guests to a special cinema-like experience by setting up a movie-style concession stand. Candy Warehouse sells movie theater candy in bulk and is a great place to find all of your faves to stock your stand!

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