Our Favorite Movie Theme Parties

Movie theme parties are a breeze to plan because you can easily dress them up or down, and make them any size at all. Here are a few of our favorite theme ideas for movie theme parties.

Movie Theme for a Milestone Party
Theme ideas: “A Star Power Party for Susie,” “Joan is the Leading Lady”

Put your favorite diva under the spotlight for a milestone event using movie party supplies. Decorate:

  • Personalize a “Now Showing” theater marquee banner for the entrance to a baby shower

  • Set up a Walk of Fame™ star for a graduate or new retiree

  • Surround the entrance of a Sweet 16 or other milestone birthday party with paparazzi silhouettes

Purchase a tiara for the guest of honor, and plant a “Celebrity Limo Parking” yard sign near the driveway entrance.

Family Movie Night/Afternoon for School
Theme ideas: “Family Night at the Movies,” “The Not-So-Late Show,” “Mid-Term Matinee”

We like lots of kid-pleasing primary colors for this movie theme event. Try an eye-popping, reusable popcorn arch from Hollywood Entrances at the doorway. Provide red-and-white striped popcorn bags for treats and a roll of tickets as snack tokens – and oh, yes: be sure to stock up on fundraiser candy.

Movie Theme Premier Fundraiser
Theme ideas: “Red Carpet Affair,” “When the Stars Come Out”

Picture it: a twilit Hollywood Hills backdrop, exotic palm trees, long aisle runner and stars of gold and silver: a perfect red carpet entrance!

Customize Ticket to the Stars or Shimmering Stardom invitations and mix movie party supplies with Hollywood theme decorations to set the stage for glamour.

Marathon Movie Night Get Together
Theme ideas: Take your cue from the movie series you plan to show; add “Movie Marathon” to the title.

Make a movie theater out of your media room with movie night cutouts, popcorn plastic boxes and strategically placed decorative filmstrip. Then, “raid” party decorations that best go with your movie marathon: pirate party supplies for Pirates of the Caribbean, Halloween decorations for horror flicks, and so on.

Check the Standups department for cardboard cutouts of characters and celebrities that match your movie marathon. We have Disney™ to Star Wars™, Sinatra to Elvis, Harry Potter to the Wizard of Oz and more.

Movie Theme for a Dance
Theme ideas: “Reel Romance,” “Hollywood Dreams”

Reinvigorate a fall formal with a movie theme. The movie premier idea would work here, and so would building a movie set! Use a movie camera prop and a Tinseltown lighted 3D clapboard as entrance pieces or photo setting for this theme.

Place movie camera piñatas as centerpieces and Hollywood clapboard tin boxes filled with edible favors on tables.

The Academy Awards – Let the Party Begin

With just ten days to go, Hollywood is busy preparing for the big glitz and glamour that is the 83rd Academy Awards. For movie fanatics, or for people who just like an excuse to party, there is still time for you to join in the celebration with an exclusive, Oscar night party for friends and family. Much like the organizers of the Academy Awards, you can extend a designer invitation, create a fabulous atmosphere, and fill the evening with prizes, favors, and great company.

Oscar says “You’re Invited.” Say the same to your guests with gold accented, film canister invitations that you hand deliver. Include with the invitation an official list of Oscar nominees that guests will use to predict the winner in each category.

When the stars arrive, they are received with much fanfare: red carpet, paparazzi and sparkling decorations. You can easily create the same look in the reception area of your event space with pieces from the A Night at the Premiere decorating kit. Roll out the red carpet runner, and line it with paparazzi standees. Immediately kick off the fun by setting up the evening’s photo op right there on the red carpet. Take the picture of the guests surrounded with paparazzi, or peeking through a red carpet photo stand in. Finally, usher them in through the entrance glamorized with the kit’s star-studded, silver and black arch adorned with free-standing silver stars.

Continue the atmosphere of exclusivity into the party space with more red, black, gold and silver accents. Hang and drape panels of metallic, or solid color gossamer about the room. The gossamer can also be used to decorate tables and chairs. If chairs need only minimal decoration, use the gossamer to tie bows around the backs.

Don’t forget the food. For the past 30 years, the Oscars has held an annual luncheon for its nominees. So, to maximize your representation of the Academy Awards gala, there must be food. Serve salad, a main course, and delectable desserts to your friends and family on plates found in the black and gold colored, star attraction Hollywood tableware ensemble. The bold pattern enhances the already flattering look of the gossamer decorated tables and chairs.

The Academy Awards evening is all about recognizing the best of the best. Hold activities that identify the best of the best among your guests. Have everyone follow their winners picks, made before the party, throughout the course of the evening. The awards statue goes to the individual who gets them all right. If more than one person predicts them all correctly, then have the winner decided through a “winner’s acceptance speech” competition. All finalists will have the opportunity to “accept the award,” and the one with the best acceptance speech wins. Throughout the night, hold mini charade competitions during the commercials. Keep track of the points that teams win and, when the Academy Awards program is over, the team with the most points also wins an awards statue.

Even the nominees who don’t win an Oscar don’t go home empty handed, and neither should your guests. Thank your guests for coming with gift bags full of Hollywood party favors. Any combination of lip gloss, chocolate, key tags, photo frames for their red carpet photo, and candy is sure to make them feel special.

Your Academy Awards party will be such a success that it won’t just be Hollywood’s elite that will be looking forward to the next Oscar season.

Activities for a Magical Narnia Party

Children aged 8 and older are not always interested in having an at-home birthday party. Through some rite of passage, they are typically more “destination oriented”. A laser tag facility, paintball park, bowling alley, video arcade, or sports venue may seem more appealing, but you can change all that with one memory-making birthday bash!

The activities for this party can be set up as challenges if you wish. Begin by explaining to the kids that two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve will sit on the four thrones at the Castle of Cair Paravel. By earning points from each of the challenges that follow, they can be one of the chosen:

This party is all about good winning over evil. Allow time for the kids to engage in a spectacular climactic battle to free Narnia from the icy spell with plastic Swords and Pole Axes. Be sure that you set some firm ground rules about what is off-limits prior to giving the kids the go ahead!

Save Narnia from perpetual winter! Insert a small piece of wrapped candy into each Balloon before inflating them. After the balloons are inflated, use a permanent marker to label each balloon as a minion. Tell the kids that the balloons are the dreaded denizens of the White Witch’s wintry world: Black Dwarves, Minotaurs, Giants, Harpy, Ogres, Ankle Slicers, howling werewolves, Wolves, Ghouls, and Cyclops. Encourage them to stomp the minions by popping the balloons. For a fun twist on the game, for “round two”, don’t allow them to use their feet! The prize? The candy they uncover!
Play a game of Narnia Charades. List the characters, and have the kids act out the powers or character traits that each possesses. Start with the following characters, giving the kids a mix of good and evil:
Lucy (ability to heal, received Fire Flower cordial from Father Christmas, ability to ride and control wolves), Peter (oldest, strongest, received sword from Father Christmas), Susan (ability to use ranged weapons including snowballs and bow & arrow), Edmund (very agile, especially after he redeems himself), Aslan (noble and brave lion, sacrifices life to save Edmund, resurrected), Mr. Timnus (most famous Faun, uses Pan Pipes to send creatures to sleep), White Witch (bad ruler, cast wintry spell), Mr. & Mrs. Beaver (large network of hideaways and holes across Narnia), Mr. Fox (loyal to Aslan), Satyr (goat-like), Centaurs (part human, part horse, males – swords & hooves, females – archery), Minotaurs (part bull, part human, flails, kopesh swords, most dangerous), Ankle Slicers (fast & dangerous), Wolves (most common & lowest, guards for the Witch), Cyclops (impervious, axe wielding), Harpy (malicious winged creatures), Ogres (wooden clubs), Black Dwarves (fire arrows), Gray Wolf (only Peter can overcome.)

The White Witch has declared that anyone who sees a human in Narnia must report the news to her or be turned to stone! The ultimate party game for this theme is Freeze Tag or Freeze Dancing. If they don’t stop when the music stops…they will be turned to stone and out of the game!

The Pevensie children were sent from London to live in the country with their uncle because of wartime air raids. The adventure into the heart of Narnia began with a simple game of hide-and-seek. Regardless of the ages of your party guests…some games are such classics that they never go out of style!

Challenge the kids to try to match Susan’s ability to use ranged weapons, including snowballs. If you are fortunate enough to have real snow for your party, engage the kids in an old-fashioned snowball fight. If your climate isn’t ideal for snow…just take the party indoors. Add approximately one tablespoon of uncooked white rice to an uninflated 5″ White Balloon. Then inflate the balloon so that it is the size of a generous snowball. Repeat until you have filled a large trash bag with “snowballs”. This activity is guaranteed to generate howls of laughter!

If your child is “destination oriented”, take the kids to a local archery range for target practice. Most archery ranges have introductory group programs. Like the magical bow and arrows that Father Christmas gave to Susan, each arrow is sure to hit a mark of birthday magic!

Plan for time to have each of the children pose for a picture with the guest of honor in front of our version of mighty Aslan (Lion Cutout). The pictures can then be sent to each guest with a thank you note after the party. This priceless memento will be treasured for many years to come.

Decorations for a Cool Chronicles of Narnia Party

The Chronicles of Narnia are a huge series with kids and teens and with the latest installment in the movie series due out this May, a Chronicles of Narnia Party is sure to be a hit with the younger crowd.

Transport your guests through an ordinary wardrobe into a frozen forest in the midst of a hundred years of winter all the way to the Castle of Cair Paravel. Upon the sight of our splendid but simple decorations, young party goers will shiver with delight!
Outdoor decorations:
• The exclusive weather-resistant Eternal Winter Personalized Banner has plastic tabs to make hanging this wonderful decoration inside or outside easy.
• Attach a bouquet of helium filled balloons to a light post or mailbox so there will be no mistaking where the fun will be that day!

Indoor Decorations:
• The movie The Chronicles of Narnia is based on the beloved literary masterpiece, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, written by C.S. Lewis. A licensed pattern of party goods for The Chronicles of Narnia is not available yet, but we absolutely love this theme, and believe that many of you will also. Rather than wait to celebrate Narnia style, we are presenting the Let It Snow Ensemble to use with this theme. The ensemble contains table ware and decorations that are perfect for a party in Narnia.
• Start your decorating with a Winter Wonderland Room Setter. This budget-priced decoration will help you to quickly create an icy wonderland.
• Next, invite the noble and brave Aslantm to join you. A life-sized Lion Cutout is a magnificent prop for group and individual pictures.
• The children will immediately recognize the significance of the lamppost that stands in wintry Narnia. A City Street Light is reminiscent of war-time England, and will lend an authentic feel to your party setting.
• Sprinkle iridescent snow around your party room, and on tabletops. The shimmering snow decoration adds a peaceful touch…the calm before the spectacular climactic battle!
• Send us a photo of your child engaged in his favorite activity, bearing a sword, or wearing a costume. We’ll create an incredible Life-Sized Standee that will make a great party decoration, and be enjoyed in a bedroom for many years to come.
• Balloons can economically transform any room or yard into a festive space in a matter of minutes by using some of the following ideas:
*Tie curling ribbon to helium filled balloons, and group them together. (Odd numbers look best: 3, 5, or 7) Place groupings of balloons around the party site.
*Tie a bunch of helium filled balloons to the birthday child’s chair, or tie one balloon to the back of each chair.
• Our ethereal snowflake gossamer is ideal for covering tables and for creating chair bows.

Table Decorations:
• Setting a table with the party ware, including the tablecloth, cups, plates, napkins, and cutlery is the fastest way to create a focal point in a room. Start by setting your table with all the goodies in the Let It Snow Ensemble, creating a place setting at the table for each birthday guest. Setting the table with all the tableware creates a much more dazzling effect.
• Display your birthday cake in the center of the table…the kids will love the close up view!
• Order blue or white napkins and have them imprinted with your party slogan and the design of your choice. Select a silver metallic or foil imprint. The napkins will serve several purposes…great decorating in disguise and a treasured memento for the birthday child’s scrapbook.

Roll Out the Red Carpet with Hollywood Invitations

Hollywood Star InvitationsChoosing a Hollywood theme for a party has become extremely popular! This theme works well for all ages, including kids, adults, milestone birthdays, and teen gatherings. The glitz and glamour of a Hollywood event will make all of your guests feel like a movie star. This year, host your very own Hollywood Premiere, and invite a fun group to enjoy a night of a thousand stars with you!

The first step to hosting your Hollywood party is creating a budget and a guest list. Send out Hollywood invitations at least 3-4 weeks in advance and expect about one quarter to come back as regrets.

Choose a party slogan to use on your Hollywood invitations, banners, and any personalized decorations or favors you pick out. You can come up with your own Hollywood slogan or use one of ours:

• “A Night of Glitter, Glam & Glitz”
• “Hollywood Happening”
• “And the Award Goes To…”
• “Hollywood Nights”
• “Tinsel Town Tribute”
• “Night of a Thousand Stars” or
• “All That Glitters…A Golden Gathering”

Set the mood for your event with invitations that will give your guests a sneak preview of your plans, and ensure that you’ll have an award-winning party!

Hollywood Clapboard Invitation

Hollywood Clapboard Invitation

For Hollywood party supplies, our Hollywood Ensemble contains an invite that is perfect for this Hollywood party theme. You might prefer a great Clapboard Invitation to let guests know they’ll be treated like movie stars from the moment they walk up the red carpet and into your party. There are tons of Hollywood invitations you can have custom printed with your party details. You won’t have to spend all the time filling out each invitation by hand.

If you are sending out traditional paper or imprinted invites, consider sprinkling some clapboard and film roll confetti inside.

In your invitations, encourage guests to dress in gold or silver. Whether they dress from head to toe, or choose only one glittery piece such as a bow tie or some makeup, this fancy dress party is sure to please everyone. As an alternative, ask guests to come dressed as their favorite movie star, past or present. Possibly Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Merrill Streep, Clark Gable, Rock Hudson, John Travolta, Mel Gibson or Danny DeVito. A third option is to ask guests to dress in their own dream awards show outfit.

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