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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 Awaits” banner.

UP Birthday Party Ideas

UP Birthday Party Ideas

I printed out the UP characters and the adventure books from (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

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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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

104 responses to “REAL PARTIES: UP-Themed Birthday Party”

  1. 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!

  2. Liza says:

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

  3. 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

  4. Megan says:

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

  5. Debbie says:

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

  6. Christy says:

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

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

  8. Rowaida Flayhan says:

    Stunning and Gorgeous birthday party great theme love love it

  9. Ces says:

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

  10. 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!!

  11. McCall Humes says:

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

  12. 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!!

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

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

  15. So beautiful and creative! She nailed every detail!

  16. Linda says:

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

  17. 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!

  18. Mindy says:

    LOVE the movie and this party!!

  19. 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.

  20. OK….seriously….that is an amazing party!

  21. Allison says:

    I hate to be a bother, but can Wendy also tell us where she got the Up posters that she strung across the open suitcase? I can’t find them on the family Disney site anywhere.

  22. Elaine Maia says:

    Its Wonderfull!! I JUST LOVE IT!! KISSSSS

  23. This is such a fun party! I love every little detail!

  24. Emily Dumas says:

    this is A-MA-ZING!!! that cake is adorable

  25. This is the most beautiful and inspiring party that I have ever seen! Thank you for sharing!

  26. Zadraska Ferrer says:

    I LOVE It! Wonder if I can “UP” my 36th b-day! LOL. Great job… very creative!

  27. I flipping love this party! I love taking characters and movie kid’s love and creating a fun custom party. This party is awesome, so well done and put together!!!

  28. This is such an adorable party! I’m loving all the hot air balloons, seems to be going around the party sphere.

  29. Hawlie says:

    This party rocks so much! I love it!maybe i’m just a paranoid person, but I would maybe blur the address on the invite that is pictured?

  30. Wow! This is SPECTACULAR!!! The colors are so bright and cheery, and that cake!!! Just incredible! Gorgeous styling! :)

  31. Dary says:

    Can everyone tell me where i can get that cake platter? I have been looking for it!

  32. Lourdes says:

    absolutely stunning!! i love every inch of the creativity and how much thought went into every little piece – esp the pin :D
    <3 <3 <#

  33. This is one of the most beautiful blog posts I have ever seen! The balloon wreath is spectacular as is the cake. The colors are dream like. That little girl will never forget her 7th birthday.

  34. Annette says:

    Everything looks Amazing!! Love the colors

  35. Wow! This is a gorgeous party idea, and the cake is phenomenal :)

  36. bridgette says:

    Oh my goodness, I think this is the best party I have seen possibly ever! So much attention to detail and beautifully crafted! Our Adventure Awaits Banner has never been happier :)

  37. Duana says:

    I love this!!! So fun and creative!!

  38. I absolutely love this idea! My sister just filmed a wedding with an UP theme, and she said it was gorgeous. This is a perfect idea, thanks for the photos!

  39. OK this whole party is pretty cool, but that balloon wreath ROCKS! That could be used for any type of birthday party. Just Love it!

  40. Kristy Stites says:

    I love this party – the attention to all the fabulous details blew me ‘UP-UP’UP’ & Away!!! Well done, thanks for sharing!!!

  41. BCCA says:

    Hello everyone,

    I just wanted to let you know that I found the “Ellie Badge” for sale on the Disney website. They are $7.95 each and they are on back order. :-( Here is the link…

    Did anyone found out where they got theirs from? I would love to get some before chirstmas. :-)

    • Allison says:

      Thanks, BCCA! That is awesome and my niece will go nuts for it. Hopefully it will be available before Christmas.

  42. Danielle says:

    This is adorable! I love it all, but my favourite would have to be that gorgeous balloon wreath! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial link, I think I’ll make one for Christmas! I like traditional things with a bit of a spin on them, this is perfect!

  43. Marty J. says:

    I love, love, love this birthday party! I’m featuring it on my blog (with full linkage and credit, of course). Also, I gave my husband an Ellie badge on our wedding day to wear in lieu of a boutonniere. You can check out the pictures on my blog: I purchased his Ellie badge on etsy, because even the Disney store wasn’t selling them at the time. You could always try checking etsy! : O )

  44. jana says:

    I love the movie “Up” and the details for this party is amazing! Thanks for such a great post!

  45. I am such a SUCKER for those kiddie parties. Keep posting them up as there is not enough of this somewhere else.

  46. Monica says:

    What a wonderful idea! where did you find the original soda caps for the favors? they are tooo adorable.

  47. Marisol says:

    The fondant work on that cake is awesome love those balloons wow! I have used twosugarbabies before so Im not suprised of the amaing quality! ;)

  48. Donna says:

    I love this party idea! So adorable and the detail is beyond creative. I was curious how were you able to show the movie on the sheet?

  49. Liz says:

    This is amazing! I love every little last detail you’ve done. I bet your kid loved it too.

  50. Fawn says:

    I am doing this theme for my 7 year old son. He actually requested it for a party and I thought, that’s super. We both loved this movie, but where in the world would I get ideas from. You have totally inspired me for a (albeit scaled down from yours…tighter budget) fabulous party montage of “Up” detailing. Kudos for your exquisite design on the party favors especially the adventure books!! Now off to work on my own party! Wish me luck!

  51. Tina Maghakian says:

    truly amazing party planning skills here! My son loves UP and i’d love to do this theme for his next birthday. I was trying to find the printable characters on the disney website you had, but it doesn’t seem to work. Can you guide me in the right direction for getting those? thanks much!

  52. Mia says:

    I am really stunned, it’s so amazing everything you did…. Wow congratulations…. Lot’s of creativity involved.. Please help me I want to make the wreath made out of ballons for my upcoming 1 year old baby… I just loved it….

  53. claudia says:

    My daughter loves this movie!! Last year for her 2 yr birthday party theme biwas UP to and it was so much fun! I even made a Kevin (the bird) Piñata and it was so much fun. I even rented a jumper that looked like a jungle so it went perfect!

  54. Andrea T says:

    This is one of the most AMAZING parties I have seen!! Sooo colorful and eye catching!

  55. Crystal says:

    WOW. love the badges! where did you get them?
    and the cake is so great!

  56. anna rina roraldo says:

    i was still conceiving when UP was shown in the philippines. my husband & i love the movie so much! when we were starting to plan for our son’s 1st birthday this coming march, we were both amazed to discover that we are both thinking of UP as the theme. and i am stunned to find your blog while i was looking of cake ideas & images of the movie. KUDOS for all you creative ideas from the magnificent wreath to the fabulous cake to the carefully thought of favors. THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing all your wonderful ideas! i am truly inspired! God bless.

  57. Christie says:

    This party is absolutely fabulous and done so well! I love all of the clever details included from the movie. Very original. The cake is amazing as well. Love it!

  58. Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I made the Ellie badges myself. I found the art of the badge by doing a google image search. Put it in a word document to I could print 12 at a time. I bought bottle caps and bottle cap plastic stickers from Hobby Lobby. I snapped two holes in the bottle cap with a crop-o-dile. I bought the safety pins that don’t have the loop at the end, so I could thread it through the bottle cap. Hopefully I made these instructions clear :)

  59. Tiffany says:

    I was looking for the adventure books at and I can not find the website. Am I looking at the wrong place?

  60. lilian castellanos says:

    hi! im from mexico… congratulations this is a beautiful party… i want know the desing of the UP book for the kids… i want a make “up party” for my kid… please tnks

  61. lilian castellanos says:

    i foundit in

  62. Amy says:

    Oh my goodness, I am completely in love with you for posting this- what an amazing idea! Amazing!!!! I am literally boggled over the detail and awesome-ness of this entire party and the decorations. A++++ ! Thank you for sharing!

  63. anne says:

    I love the look and feel of your website. I noticed you used the printables Disney has on Disney I planning to use them myself on my son’s 1st Birthday. “Hostess with the Mostess” — Awesome name!

  64. Julia says:

    Really beautifull!

  65. Sasha-Shae says:

    I absolutely LOVED this post! Beautiful theme and so true to the movie. The cakes and decor is just beautiful.

  66. cee says:

    I love this theme. I was wondering where u got the cards that list the food names on and the flags for the marshmallows from?

  67. homestilo says:

    This is so sweet- The balloon wreath is such a great idea!

  68. stacey says:

    LOVE this party! How did you do the adventure books? I’d like to make some and would love to know what notebooks you used for the front and binding :)

  69. etta says:

    Hi!! I did this party last saturday for my little Francesco (!! I took all the ispirations from you! Thank you SO MUCH! Kisses ETta

  70. Angela says:

    amazing!! We are working on planning an UP themed reception. Where did you get the house?

  71. kristin says:

    Thank you for sharing such wonderful ideas and examples! It looks like your daughter had a great day she will remember for a long time. Hats off to you!!!!

  72. Kate says:

    I LOVE this! I have been thinking about having my daughter’s 3rd birthday party be, “Up” themed!! There are some great ideas that I am definitely planning on using!! Thanks for the tips!

  73. meganmanning says:

    Hands down the cutest and most clever themed party I have ever seen! It doesnt hurt that Up is also one of my fav Disney/Pixar movies( :

  74. Helena says:

    gostaria de saber qual casa você comprou na Hobby Lobby. Se puder me ajudar eu agradeço!

  75. Helena says:

    I wonder what house you bought in the Hobby Lobby. If you can help me I thank you!

  76. Stacie- Hobby Lobby Social Media Coordinator says:

    Hello! I’m Stacie, the Social Media Coordinator for Hobby Lobby! I just wanted to let you know we featured this amazing party on our Facebook page! Here’s the link to check it out! Thank you!

  77. Dana Marie Wheeler Weygandt says:

    Have you seen this adorable Up costume?

  78. Sabrina Sodders Guethlein says:

    This is one of the cutest party ideas ever!! I love it, I am obbsessed with throwing parties.!!

  79. Britney says:

    How did you make Ellie badges, and Adventure book?

  80. pearlaton says:

    Hi there! I love this concept! I am totally bookmarking this as a future reference for my 18th birthday soon :)

  81. Bel says:

    Did you really make those Ellie Badges? Can you send me instructions? I was about to order these for my sons birthday party….but if I can make them that would be great.

  82. Nancy K. says:

    Hi Jenn! So in love with this movie and the fact that you brought it to live in a sense of a party!!! you definitely have inspired me! My co worker & his wife are expecting & are huge fans of the movie they are doing their baby girl’s nursery themed with “UP”…so that led me to start my thoughts & ideas & research to do their baby shower themed as “UP” as well. My question to you is where can I find the little characters you used near Bella’s cake?
    Thank youso much, you did a BEAUTIFUL job, that is my kind of party!!! Congrats! If there was a TV Party competition, you get my vote for 1st place!!!

    • jenn s. says:

      Hi Nancy –
      So glad you love the party! I can’t take credit for this one though – it was created by Wendy Updegraff – and I agree that she did an AMAZING job! :)

      To answer your question about the characters though – she downloaded them from the Disney Family website, where you can get them for free. Here’s the direct link:

      Hope that helps & good luck with the baby shower!

  83. Myrisha Nealy says:

    This is too cute!

  84. Kelly Angela Davies says:

    I bet she had an amazing party what a great idea x.

  85. Kelly Angela Davies says:

    I bet she had an amazing party what a great idea x.

  86. Heather says:

    I am throwing an Up themed party for my son next month and was wondering where you got the banner on the case that has the adventure books in it. I saw that you got the Adventure Awaits banner on etsy but wasn’t sure where you got the other banner. Thanks!

  87. Terry Sheldon says:

    cool beans

  88. Monique Lepage says:

    I love this. This going to be the theme for my sons party he loves this movie

  89. Sarah says:


  90. helen says:

    i would like this theme for my 15s party but i dont know how to do it ??!!!

  91. Amazing! Labor of love! I hope Wendy will not mind if I borrow and use some of her ideas for my daughter’s 7th birthday party as well. Everything was perfect!

  92. My son LOVES this movie and I was wondering where you found the postcards? I did a search on the disney pages and at disney store and haven’t found them!

  93. I was hoping you could tell me or email me where to the the letters for the "adventure awaits" sign and the little cards that are over the suit case. My email is Thank you so much. Hoping to do this for my daughters graduation party

  94. Stephanie says:

    Hello! I was wondering if you could send my the link for the adventure books? I’m having a hard time finding them… Thank you!!