04 Nov

REAL PARTIES: UP-Themed Birthday Party

UP Birthday Party Ideas

Wendy from Wendy Updegraff Photography created the SWEETEST UP-themed birthday party for her daughter’s birthday! The party was an “outdoor movie night” and she created a backyard movie theater from a sheet and some velvet fabric – how fun is that?!

In addition to the homemade movie screen, check out all the other amazing stuff she made… which includes a dollhouse painted to look like the house in the movie, a balloon-themed food table with a lollipop display actually that looks like little balloons, the coolest “balloon wreath” for the front door (GENUS!), adorable Ellie badges and Adventure Books for the party favors, and more. If there ever was a party that perfectly reflected the movie it that inspired it, this is it!

UP Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for lots more inspiring images and all the clever & creative party details, as told by Wendy… (And as I side note, I can’t help but mention that the fondant work on the cake is beyond amazing, and also how fun it is that Wendy & birthday girl Bella’s last name is “UPdegraff” – perfect!” =)


UP Birthday Party Ideas

I threw my daughter an UP-inspired outdoor movie night party for her 7th b-day.

For the food/treats table, I wanted to stick with the balloon theme, but also serve foods that you would find at a movie and were easy for little kids to eat. I made the stand for the tootsie pops out of MDF (medium density fiberboard) and covered it with pink paper. They reminded me of little balloons! The striped paper straws are from etsy shop Hey Yo Yo.

UP Birthday Party Ideas

Chocolate-dipped marshmallow pops were decorated with colorful sprinkles and striped paper food flags.

I used Two Sugar Babies from etsy for the fondant work on the cake, and the actual cake was made by a local baker: Kakes by Katie.

UP Birthday Party Ideas

On the favor table: I used Earmark from etsy for the Adventure Awaitsbanner.

UP Birthday Party Ideas

UP Birthday Party Ideas

I printed out the UP characters and the adventure books from familydisney.com. (I assembled the books using covers and binding from Hobby Lobby).

UP Birthday Party Ideas

UP Birthday Party Ideas

I also found a doll house at Hobby Lobby and assembled and painted it to look like the house from UP.

UP Birthday Party Ideas

For the party favors, I used scrapbook supplies to make Ellie Badges.

UP Birthday Party Ideas

Our backyard “movie screen” was made from a bed sheet and some velvet fabric. The invitations were by Anna Griffin and the Now Showing” movie poster was purchased from allposters.com.

UP Birthday Party Ideas

UP Birthday Party Ideas

My daughter and I made the front door wreath out of balloons and added the big “7” for some sparkle!”

UP Birthday Party Ideas

UP Birthday Party Ideas


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Linnette from PaperGlitter.com SAYS:

Stunning! And so true to the story, as I have seen the movie 50 times and have the art books. LOVE the little details like the “Ellie Badge”–that got me choked up a bit. I bet the folks at Pixar would love to see this! Beautiful!

November 4, 2010 at 7:18 am

Liza SAYS:

OMG!! This is amazing. I have never thought of breaking down these movies for this type of party! I LOVE IT!!!

November 4, 2010 at 7:23 am

Amy Ro. SAYS:

OMG this is beyond amazing! I love all the little details and what a unique theme too… I just love it all

November 4, 2010 at 7:24 am

Megan SAYS:

Can you give us instructions or tips on how you made the balloon wreath? That would be great for any birthday party!!

November 4, 2010 at 7:28 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Good idea! I’ll request this from Wendy today :)

November 4, 2010 at 7:45 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Megan –
Here’s a tutorial on the balloon wreath! It’s actually from howdoesshe.com:


November 5, 2010 at 9:13 am

Megan SAYS:

Thanks Jenn! I think I’m going to make one for New Years that gold and silver balloons!

November 5, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Debbie SAYS:

This is one of my absolute favorite parties (&) movies… ever!!! So sweet and creative!

November 4, 2010 at 7:35 am

Christy SAYS:

Absolutely amazing! I can’t imagine how long it took to plan all that! Very, very nice!

November 4, 2010 at 7:39 am

Kristal, wedding designer SAYS:

Wow that cake is fantastic!! Such a fun party theme.

November 4, 2010 at 7:47 am

Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

Stunning and Gorgeous birthday party great theme love love it

November 4, 2010 at 8:04 am


I love the cake! The movie screen is great too!

November 4, 2010 at 8:25 am

Jeannette SAYS:

This is beautiful!! The cake is gorgeous! Movie night out doors is something I’ve considered before, during the summer of course. Very nice, I love it!!

November 4, 2010 at 8:27 am

McCall Humes SAYS:

I love that you watched the movie. Super cute party!

November 4, 2010 at 8:33 am

Alejandra SAYS:

I ABSOLUTELY LOOOOOVE this theme!!! Can you give us instructions on how the Ellie badge was made? I would love to be able to make one for my daughter. Thank you!!

November 4, 2010 at 8:39 am

Wendy @ Whimsy & Wise SAYS:

Wow!!! This party is all kinds of FABULOUS! Such a great theme idea!

November 4, 2010 at 8:46 am

Kate @ ThisAmericanWife SAYS:

What a wonderful soiree! The movie really lends itself to the party! I especially love the little badges. So cute!

November 4, 2010 at 8:52 am

Linda SAYS:

This party is so on point! Kudos Wendy and Bella. Everything looked amazing! I love this movie.

November 4, 2010 at 9:24 am

Allison SAYS:

Magnificent. Everything about this is magnificent. Could you also ask Wendy how she made the Ellie badge? I’m making an Adventure Book for my niece for Christmas and I’d love to make her an Ellie badge, too. Thank you!

November 4, 2010 at 9:57 am

Mindy SAYS:

LOVE the movie and this party!!

November 4, 2010 at 10:03 am

Shauna SAYS:

What a great theme. We love outdoor movie nights too and try to have a few throughout the summer with the big one being our annual Outdoor Movie Night Halloween Party. The kids absolutely love it. And, the parents get a chance to relax and let their kids run off some of the sugar. We posted some pics of the movie night party on our blog using printables from our etsy store and AndersRuff.

November 4, 2010 at 10:12 am
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