Movie-Night Birthday Party Ideas and Games

Updated on September 5, 2019
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Janet loves planning elaborate birthday parties for her kids and friends. She also enjoys baking and decorating cakes.

Popcorn cupcake table display.
Popcorn cupcake table display.

Our Movie-Night Party

My daughter had a movie-night party last month to celebrate her 12th birthday. It was a sleepover party. As children get older, it becomes more difficult to find party themes that they'll be into and like. So, if you are stuck for party ideas for your tween, this theme may be just what you're looking for.

This article will include all of my daughter's party details and photos, including her cupcakes, favors, decorations, tableware, games, and activities.

We incorporated lots of fun party supplies into her birthday celebration, including:

  • Personalized Invitations
  • Tableware and Snacks
  • Decorations
  • Popcorn Cupcakes
  • Games and Entertainment
  • Party Favors

We even served the party snacks in large popcorn containers and on clapboard serving trays.

Hopefully, these ideas will help you in planning your child's celebration.

Make personalized movie-night invitations.
Make personalized movie-night invitations.

Party Invitations

The first thing you need is invitations. We purchased ticket-style invitations for my daughter's celebration.

Those invites were just one of the choices available for this birthday party theme. Some other movie-night invitation designs include:

  • Movie Reels and Popcorn
  • Admit One Movie Ticket Invitations
  • Clapboard Invitations

Movie themed paper plates, napkins, and cups.
Movie themed paper plates, napkins, and cups.

Tableware and Snacks

We purchased Showtime party supplies for my daughter's party from Birthday in a Box.

However, the Showtime theme is no longer available. Another great partyware design is the Movie Party supplies pictured here. These party supplies feature a realistic movie reel accented with popcorn.

The party box comes with dinner plates, dessert plates, cups, napkins, a table cover, a personalized birthday banner, invitations, thank you cards, balloons, decorations, and more. You can pick and choose the items you would like included in your box.

During the party, we served:

  • Pizza
  • Hot Dogs
  • Hot Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Movie Theater Candy

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Dancing snacks cutout decorations.Roses in a popcorn container.
Dancing snacks cutout decorations.
Dancing snacks cutout decorations.
Roses in a popcorn container.
Roses in a popcorn container.


Table Decorations

As soon as we saw the Dancing Snacks Movie-Night Cutouts, we knew we had to have them! These decorations are available in heavy card stock and printed on both sides. Each cutout measures approximately 18 inches. These adorable dancing snacks are also available in tin. We hung the dancing snacks on the light over the party table. When the kids saw them, they could not help singing the Let's All Go out to the Lobby song. My daughter now has these cute snacks hanging up in her room.

We decorated the party table with a movie reel centerpiece, a large director's clapboard, and buttermints. I also bought red and yellow roses and placed them in a plastic popcorn container for a centerpiece.

Themed balloons are always a hit at a birthday party.
Themed balloons are always a hit at a birthday party.


We used a combination of red, yellow, and black latex balloons, as well as jumbo popcorn and movie reel mylar balloons. We tied a bunch of balloons to a clapboard balloon weight and placed them on the cake table.

Other Miscellaneous Decorations

We hung a movie-night door banner behind the cake table, and we also laid out a red carpet runner from the front door to the party room.

Homemade popcorn cupcakes using marshmallows for the popcorn.
Homemade popcorn cupcakes using marshmallows for the popcorn.

Popcorn Cupcakes

These cupcakes are so easy to make, and they look awesome when served.

You'll Need

  • 3¼ oz Wilton Nut and Party Cups
  • Red Edible Marker
  • White Cupcake Liners
  • White Frosting
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Wilton Yellow Mist


  1. Color in the stripes on the Wilton Nut and Party Cups with an edible red marker.
  2. Print out the word 'popcorn,' and attach it to the cup.
  3. Bake the cupcakes in white cupcake liners.
  4. Allow cupcakes to cool, and cover with white frosting.
  5. Snip the top of the marshmallows twice to form an X.
  6. Place the snipped marshmallows on the frosted cupcakes.
  7. Spray the tops of the cupcakes with Wilton's yellow mist to look like butter. (I overdid the mist a bit, so our popcorn had extra butter!)
  8. Place the finished cupcakes in the popcorn containers.

Cupcake Decorations

Popcorn Cupcake Wrappers

Packages contain 24 popcorn-style cupcake wrappers. These cupcake wrappers have a red and white striped popcorn bag design and say 'popcorn' on the front. Simply bake your cupcakes in a plain baking liner, and place the finished cupcakes into the popcorn wrappers. Or you can make them by hand with the above instructions.

Cupcake Picks

The Movie-Night Cupcake Picks feature three fun designs: a bag of popcorn, a movie director's clapboard sign, and an admit one ticket. Bake and ice your cupcakes and then insert the cupcake picks.


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Play movie-night bingo.Test party-goers knowledge with candy bar trivia.Make or buy a director's clapboard pinata.
Play movie-night bingo.
Play movie-night bingo.
Test party-goers knowledge with candy bar trivia.
Test party-goers knowledge with candy bar trivia.
Make or buy a director's clapboard pinata.
Make or buy a director's clapboard pinata.

Games and Entertainment


We purchased a movie-night bingo game that the kids played. It was a lot of fun. It came with cards, a popcorn container, and admit one tickets to use as markers. For some reason, I can no longer find this game. It may have been discontinued, but you can make your own with your computer and printer.

Candy Bar Trivia

I made a Candy Bar Trivia game, which included three games:

  • Name the Candy Bar
  • Candy Bar Slogans
  • Candy Bar Word Fun

I searched the Internet to find the questions for the game. We decorated the game board with candy images. I purchased large boxes of classic theater candy. We emptied the boxes (the candy was served during the party) and then hot glued the empty boxes together to resemble a movie theater candy counter.


I purchased a director's clapboard piñata for the kids to break. That piñata is no longer available where I bought it, but I'm sure you can find them online.


Once the girls settle down for the night, we put on the movie. My daughter's favorite movie is The Princess Bride, so that is what the girls watched.

You're in the Movies is only for the XBox 360, so you need that gaming system to play it.

You're in the Movies

This is a fun XBox 360 game where you act out scenes, and then at the end of the game, all of the scenes are compiled to create a mini-movie. My daughter and her friends love to make movies, so I knew they would like this game. I do want to note that as much fun as this game is, it does take some effort to get it to work properly.

We played the game at night, but the game requires a well-lit room. So, we brought a few lamps into the room and had to keep adjusting them to get the picture in the game to work. It also works better with a white background, so we hung a white sheet behind the play area. If you have a white wall behind you, that would also work. That being said, when you get everything to work properly, it is a fun game that kids love to play.

Popcorn box with party favors.
Popcorn box with party favors.


For the party favors, we purchased star walk of fame stickers. We peeled each star sticker and attached it to a piece of white poster board and then cut it out. We used black letters to personalize the guests' stars. We hung these stars up in the party room, and each guest took their star home at the end of the party.

I also purchased little popcorn boxes and filled them with the following items:

  • A Clapboard Keychain
  • Hershey Miniatures With Movie-Night Candy Wrappers
  • Dancing Snacks Magnets
  • Movie-Night Stickers
  • A Bag of Microwave Popcorn

I was happy to find black and white stitched ribbon at my local craft store that resembled a movie reel. I punched two holes in the popcorn boxes and attached the ribbon.

Personalized Hollywood Walk of Fame cards.
Personalized Hollywood Walk of Fame cards.


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    • GetitScene profile image

      Dale Anderson 

      4 months ago from The High Seas

      This was a really cool article, thanks for sharing it! My wife and I are going to try a few of these ideas. We love movie night.

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      What a fun idea for a party for any age. I like the game and decorating ideas, especially the roses popcorn container. Your parties must never be dull. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas.

    • Janet21 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New York

      Jennifer, I purchased the Walk of Fame stars pictured above and added each of the children's names using black letter stickers. Each star was matted onto poster board and then cut out. Hope this helps!

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      6 years ago

      How did you make the walk of fame stars?

    • Janet21 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York

      I hope your son has an amazing birthday party! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Keeley Shea 

      7 years ago from Norwich, CT

      FANTASTIC HUB! I will be using many ideas from this hub for my son's next 11th birthday party! It will be his first sleepover birthday party and I was wondering how to make it cool and fun! Thanks for the awesome suggestions. How creative!

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      8 years ago

      my 13th bday coming up in a couple weeks....DEFINETLY USING SOME OF THESE IDEAS!!!!! :DD

    • Janet21 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York

      @Annie: Glad to hear that my ideas have helped. Have a great party! :)

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      9 years ago

      thanks for all the great ideas.....will work great for my daughters 13th b-day!!

    • Janet21 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New York

      Thanks Rachel! :)

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      Rachel P. 

      10 years ago

      Nice Job on the party, great ideas and unique finds, I really enjoyed the cupcake ideas! I have a feeling it will be showing up at my child's next birthday.

    • Janet21 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New York

      Thanks everyone for stopping by! :)

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      10 years ago

      what an awesome idea, as well as your other ones, thanks, glad I came by, Kimberly

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      10 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very pleasant hub. Nice details. Thanks for sharing. I joined hubpages recently and am inviting you to visit my pages.

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      Mac Mission 

      10 years ago from bangalore

      Happy new year...


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