So, you’re a projector fanatic? Why not turn your love for movies into a theme for your next birthday party? While you already have a projector, you can make your party more special by bringing the theme to your decorations and food. You already got an activity (movie marathons) to do at the party, so that’s one less thing to worry about!
Here are some entertaining ideas for your movie night birthday party to keep all the fun without the added stress!
The first impression of the party will be the invitations. Though everything is digital now, receiving an actual paper invitation will help to excite your guests. Choose from a movie-themed invitation card, a ticket invitation, a red carpet Hollywood invitation card or a movie clapboard invitation.
You can go the DIY route and use construction paper to make Admit One tickets for your guests. Include all the party details there and add a gold star for a finishing touch.
If you’re tech-savvy, you might want to design your own invitation to send digitally or to be printed and sent via mail. You may check Etsy, buy and edit an online graphic invitation. You may also create a movie poster with a photo of the celebrant to hype up the event. Or better yet, create a 15-30-second trailer giving the details of your party as an invitation! If you take the time to produce a short film as a trailer, that would be epic!
When hosting a movie night party, do your best to transform your house or backyard into a plush movie theater experience.
Start with your floors – lay a red carpet runner on your front door or on the pathway to the event area. You may also want to line up your pathway, or the concession stand area with Hollywood Walk of Fame stars with your guests’ names on them to their delight. Then, if your party runs over dinner, you can place these stars on the way to your dining area!
If you’re hosting the movie night outside, keep it simple with a few strands of string lights and plenty of pillows and blankets. You may also place a red carpet, balloons, and tickets for each guest. Finally, add touches like a director’s clapboard or a movie poster to make a statement.
The area where you’ll be watching movies – your living room, home theater, or backyard – does not need decoration, for it will be kept dark anyway. But liven up the area where you will serve your “concessions” or dinner, as well as your front entrance. Add a welcome banner on your front door, and place “movie night” balloons and streamers above the snack table. You may check out these decoration sets and tableware sets to simplify your preps:
- Hollywood Movie Night Party Decorations
- Ultimate Movie Night Party Supplies
- Hollywood Party Decoration Kit
- Movie Awards Night Paper Tableware Bundle
- Movie Night Party Pack
You may also go the DIY route and get popcorn boxes and turn them into a banner. Simply put one hole at the top right side of a popcorn box and another on the top left side. Do this with all the boxes. Then, insert a long string to connect them all. Use tape to keep them in place at the wall.
Whether you’re hosting your movie night outdoors in the backyard or indoors in your couches, you can hang a screen to transform your area into a theater. Use a projector and include plenty of comfy blankets and pillows in the seating area.
You can set up picnic blankets in the backyard and provide plenty of pillows. Prop them up in front of a screen. Let your guests relax and lie down under the night sky while enjoying the movie and the snacks you served!
Snack Table and Food
At a movie night party, it’s a must to serve popcorn. It’s the life of your party. Serve popcorns from a popcorn concession cart or a popcorn popper machine. Any of these two will let you be committed to the theme, and it will surely impress your guests!
You may want to set up a popcorn bar (with a banner, of course!) and let your guests choose the flavor they want by offering different popcorn seasonings for savory options, and drizzles for sweet options. Then, let them shake it up in a popcorn bag. But if you want to control the crowd, serve individual popcorn servings on a popcorn box.
Serve a buffet for regular movie-time treats, like fries, chips, hotdogs, and nachos, and provide paper food boats to make them feel like they’re in the movie theaters. You may also want to satisfy serious hunger pangs with food like sloppy joes, burgers, and pizza. You can start the party by grilling in your backyard earlier, while your guests chat while inhaling the glorious-smelling smoke, then move on to the night to watch movies together.
Sweeten up the occasion with candies for your concession stand. For example, you can serve assorted Mars and Hershey’s mini chocolates and place them in clear cookie jars. Or, you can use glass bowls or apothecary jars with labels and serve different kinds of candies, nuts, and pretzels.
Serve your choice of beverage (iced tea, fruit juice, lemonade, or punch) in a cute glassware beverage dispenser with a rack for disposable party cups on both sides. Or you may opt for soda cans so your guests can grab one and go.
At a movie night birthday party, there’s no need for a cake! You just need to whip up vanilla or chocolate cupcakes, use a popcorn-themed cupcake liner, add whipped cream, and top it with mini yellow marshmallows for a cute movie-themed treat.
But of course, if you want a full-size cake, order up from a local baker and ask them to decorate it with a movie theme. If you want to go DIY, but you’re not a baker, buy a plain cake and place little film reels, tickets, film cameras, and other movie-themed pieces to decorate.
Who doesn’t love leaving a party with party favors? Send your guests off in style with a movie-themed memento to remember the night.
If you invited families, give a popcorn kernel and seasoning set to each one. Let them have something to enjoy for their own movie night at home.