Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Whatever Wednesday - Movie Party Birthday Bash

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This year my daughter turned 10. Yep she is double digits now. I can't believe it. Where did the time go? I remember she was born a little over two weeks after 9/11. I was thinking of what kind of world was I bringing her into. Things have not changed as drastically as I thought they might.


She picked her party theme "A Night at the Movies." She wanted this to be a red carpet event. So I did my best to give her a fabulous Movie Party event on an extreme budget.

The Menu
We are talking eight 9-10 year old girls, so I wanted to keep the menu simple. My first thought is what do you get at the movies? Hotdogs are served at the movies. Remember the nearly 20lbs of hotdogs I purchased around memorial day? I still had some in the freezer. Then I thought nachos. My all time favorite and hers too. I purchased processed cheese for this event. One of the most expensive things for the party. I had plenty of salsa from this trip and I bought some chips. Then of course the most obvious thing at the movies popcorn. I didn't want to spend my time popping a million bags of popcorn in the microwave. I knew they could eat a ton from the last party she had. So I borrowed a hot air popper from a friend. I popped five batches of popcorn. Yes that is a lot of popcorn. Then I got all sorts of candy from CVS from their sale a couple of weeks ago and chocolate chips to mix in the popcorn purchased here.

Hot Dogs & Buns
Chocolate Chips
Popcorn Cake

By the way the plain chocolate chips were a big hit. Who knew? Hint hint if you are throwing a party soon, chocolate chips are cheaper than candy.

And of course, since it is a birthday party you will need a cake. I didn’t feel like buying one from the store. So I decided to make one instead. It is a Popcorn cake. Click the link to see how to make this fabulous cake. Super cute. I even made a Popcorn Cake of these for a friend who had a Movie Party.
She enjoyed putting the "popcorn" on the cake.

I purchased a generic silver star set from the party store last year. I choose this since it would go with a lot of party themes and not be a one time purchase. We just recycled these and hung them around the house. I found a cheap red carpet at the party store we place outside our door. I colored large yellow stars with sidewalk chalk in front of the house to make it look like the Hollywood walk of Fame. (If I had a little more time I was going to write the girls name who were attending the party in the stars).

 I made her  a banner for her birthday. Her name is at the end, I do not want to share it to protect her identity. She loved it.

I found the popcorn buckets at Target for $1.00 each. And the paper ones at hobby lobby for 8 for $2.49. I couldn't find my coupon or it would have been cheaper. They made their popcorn buckets and filled them with candy and popcorn and everything. I didn't care what they ate as long as they had a great time.

For the table I used a red table cloth. I covered my cake dish with black tissue paper for the stand where the popcorn gift bags were. I also covered a bowl with black tissue paper to place the Popcorn cake on. I thought it looked fabulous for a movie party idea.

My husband borrowed the projector from his work and we hooked it up outside and put a large white sheet on the back of the house. He used a staple gun to tack it up. It looked great. I spread several blankets outside on the lawn where they could lay down eat popcorn and watch the movie. (not too much movie watching happened) They even had a popcorn fight and I didn't care since all of this was outside. I just picked up the blankets shook them off and I was done with clean up. Super easy.

Everyone had a great time! This was fun for me too, since most of the party took place outside I didn’t have a lot to clean up inside.


  1. Wow, can't wait to see how you made the popcorn! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  2. Thanks! I had the post all typed, then I accidentally deleted it before I posted this one. So I ran with this one first.

  3. You checked out my Mickey Mouse party and suggested I visit your movie party. Wow! I love your cake...and the whole idea. My 9 year old neice had a red carpet themed party this year. So funny, apparently perfect for their age. I also just love the popcorn buckets and would love to work those into a future birthday for my little guy. Can't wait to see your cake post! I will just have to be a new follower to keep up :)

  4. Wow what an awesome event. I love what you did outside with the stars on the sidewalk...Awesome great job mommy!

  5. Wow! Your popcorn cake makes me wish that I still ate cake!

    Too cute....what a fun memory. My daughter is 15 and driving now. UGGG time goes too quickly

  6. @ Tracey Thanks for following. Your Mickey party was great!

    @ Mommy Bags. Thanks! I thought of the sidewalk chalk myself. I wanted more, but I ran out of chalk and time. All the moms loved it.

    @ Johnlyn Cake is my weakness. If it is there, I will eat it. I scares me to think of her driving in five years!


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