UP is one of my favorite movies, particularly the first ten or so minutes. I love love love Carl Fredricksen. He's adorable. But mostly I love the story of Carl and Ellie. With so many divorces and so much infidelity in the world, I think it's so important to portray loving relationships. Somehow in just ten minutes, Disney/Pixar managed to tell a compelling story of love, in the good times and the bad. Through infertility/miscarriage, financial hardships and ultimately in sickness and death. Heavy topics for Disney, eh?
Adrian had told me he was hoping to throw me a birthday party with a movie in the backyard. And with UP being one of my favorites and being so wonderful for kids and adults alike, we chose to show it and to center the party decor and food on elements from the movie.
The "UP" letters were created using cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby. I painted them, traced them onto cute orange gingham scrapbook paper, cut the paper, glued it on and covered each in Mod Podge. Easy enough, no?
The House was also bought for just a few dollars at Hobby Lobby. It's cardboard also. Knowing that the house was not the same exact shape as the house in the movie, we wanted to paint it to make it recognizably UP. So we checked out some stills from the movie and painted accordingly. I have to say, Adrian has a much steadier hand than me and did the majority of the painting. And did an amazing job!
Next up were the Carl and Russell paper figures.
My cousin Maddy was in town last weekend and made me wish she was in town every weekend! She loves a good party and has more party-making talent than I do... at age 15! Sigh. We printed the figures from the Disney Family site. Maddy then cut out Carl, folded all the pieces and glued them into the stunning little man you see in the photos. So thank you Maddy!! You saved me hours of work.
We made the chocolate cupcakes and the raspberry frosting from scratch and they were sooooo good. For cupcake toppers, I created an SVG of Carl's glasses and cut them using my Cricut. The bowties came from a Cricut cartridge and were also cut using the Cricut. Adorable.
In frames that hung from the horizontal poles of the canopy, I displayed mini posters from the movie, which I found here. I might end up keeping them because they are just too cute to throw out.
Since I realized I didn't take great detail pics of the mailbox and the lollipops, I'm supplementing this post with some in-home pictures. (Note to self: take good pictures next time) Anyways, here you go.
I bought the lollipops at Michael's and they came with blank stickers to print and put on them. Sooo, I made a little design on the computer and printed them out, and there you have it. UP lollipops. The stand came from Hobby Lobby. I bought that green floral arrangement foam and covered it in scrapbook paper and again Mod Podged it all. Then Adrian shoved gently placed all the lollipops in the stand.
The other detail I failed to correctly photograph was the little mailbox. We bought the cardboard mailbox at Hobby Lobby (are you sensing a theme here?) and painted it to resemble Carl and Ellie's mailbox.
On a table on the opposite wall of the canopy, I had lots of movie watching goodies, including candy boxes (like you buy at the theatres), boxes of popcorn, Jarritos soda (my favorites!) and pumpkin mini-doughnuts! We made the minidoughnuts from scratch as well as a pumpkin cream cheese icing that they could be dipped in.
Remember how I did a bad job photographing the lollipops and the mailbox? Yeppp. I did an even worse job photographing the donuts. So again, here are some post-party photos of the donuts.
We lined mini boxes with blue gingham wax paper (thanks Michael's!) and stacked them on the snack table beside the donuts. We snacked on donuts throughout the movie and then, after the movie, everyone packed up a couple to take home in the boxes. Perfect.
The other half of the tent, not occupied by food and UP goodies, was filled with rows of chairs and blankets and pillows on a tarp on the ground. The kids sat on the blankets in the front and the adults in the chairs. We then projected the movie onto the backwall of the canopy/tent. It worked out just as I had imagined.
So much work. But soooooooooo good in the end. Everyone loved all the snacks and the decor and, of course, the movie. It was such a great night of laughing and spending time together. And I must give a huge thank you to Adrian because he is always, always willing to help when I get these crazy ideas. And he always knows how to make my wild visions a reality. So thank you, Adrian!
And of course, if you have any questions about how any of this was done, please contact me and I'd be happy to share more details!