Drive In Movie Theater Party, Part 1

by ilene on January 13, 2016 · 1 comment

in party, Zoey's 3rd birthday


For Zoey’s 3rd birthday party, I chose a drive in movie theater theme.  I was trying to come up with an unique, cost-friendly idea that didn’t require us hiring any entertainment for the kids. In the past, we have hired balloon artists and caricature artists, but those fees add up after all the room rental, food, favors and decorations.  This year, I promised Jeff that I’d try to keep costs under a reasonable budget!  I don’t think Zoey had any idea what a drive in movie theater was, even Jeff was a little confused when I told him what I was planning. Zoey had never even watched a movie before, but she got really into it once the party started.  All the kids loved it and the adults did, too!  The beauty of this drive in movie idea was that the kids sat quietly in their little cardboard cars watching the movie and eating lunch while the adults got a little break to chat and eat as well!  It was fairly quiet and the kids weren’t all running around like crazy!

The most labor intensive part of preparing for the party was the making of all the little cardboard cars for the kids to sit in. Eighteen cars total!  I’ll share in detail in my next post how those were made.  In this post, I’ll share the other big components that made up the birthday party.

I made this huge marquee sign out of extra large poster board for her party that said “Zoey’s Drive in Movie Theatre”.  It doesn’t really show up in the photo but I punched holes and poked Christmas lights so that the sign lit up:


Here is our birthday girl, ready for her VIP friends to stroll down the red carpet!


Here are all the cardboard box cars all lined up and ready for the movie screening:


We let Zoey pick the movie and she picked Frozen (of course!):


The birthday girl’s car had a bunch of pink balloons taped to the back. As the kids waited for all the guests to arrive and the movie to start, they decorated their own cars with stickers and markers.

The “concession stand” included pizza, fruit, apple sauce pouches, cookies, bottled drinks and of course, lots of popcorn!


I found the cutest popcorn boxes at Michaels that were perfect:drivin10

Instead of paper plates, we used these brown kraft paper food trays lined with red/white striped wax paper to go with the movie theme.  The kids ate their food right in their cars while they watched the movie and the trays kept food from sliding around:


For dessert, I made Zoey’s favorite chocolate with chocolate chip cupcakes with buttercream frosting:


Party favors were Little Golden Books of Frozen or Cars with a packet of popcorn:
I made this banner out of scrapbook paper to hang over the food.  For all the signage, I bought movie clipart from this Etsy store that was perfect for the movie theme. The font is called “Budmo“:

We also hung up the birthday banner that we hang up every year with “3rd” written with chalk marker:

Happy 3rd birthday to my little pumpkin!

Check out my post on how I made the cardboard cars in part 2 of Zoey’s 3rd birthday party.

Read the letter I wrote Zoey on her 3rd birthday here.  See Zoey’s 1st “xoxo zozo” birthday party details here. Her 2nd “Zozo’s Zoo” Birthday Party here.

Poor Skylar’s 1st birthday is in a month and I haven’t done ANY planning at all for it!  Poor second child!

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