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Every party starts with an invitation, so I designed a simple one using Picmonkey.com. We decided to host an outdoor movie night, and we asked our guests to bring sleeping bags and pillows so that they would be comfy and warm.
The kids got cozy, and we projected the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie onto a white sheet inside the gazebo on our deck.
And because young party guests are always looking for snacks, I decided to serve some simple "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" themed food.
Of course, we had popcorn... a movie night "must have".
Several years ago, we invested in a quality popcorn maker (by Bullseye), and we use it all the time. The popcorn is delicious!
We also served "cheesies" which we displayed with a "Be careful of the CHEESE TOUCH" sign. (It's in reference to a famous scene from Diary of a Wimpy Kid.)
To download the sign I designed: click on the picture below, right-click, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular 4x6 photo.
And, because kids love candy, we served some of our favourite candies in individual containers. The condiment containers make the candy easy to grab, look cute, and help with portion control. They are disposable, but I always reuse mine.
Having a game for kids to play when they arrive at a party is always fun. For our Diary of a Wimpy Kid party, we filled a jar with gum, and all the kids had a chance to play "Guess how many pieces of gum are in the jar". The child that had the closest guess took the jar home.
Note: Did you notice that we used Diary of a Wimpy Kid books as decor on our food table? Cute, eh?
We also had a little Diary of a Wimpy Kid photo booth. I drew a few of the characters onto white cardstock, I cut them out, and I attached them to popsicle sticks. The kids loved posing and taking selfies.
Finally, when the movie was over, we sent our guests home with a little Diary of a Wimpy Kid party favor. I attached, "Thanks for POPPING by!" tags to packages of microwave popcorn.
Our Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie night was simple, but all the DIY details made it super-special, and the kids all had a lot of fun.
Are you fans of book-themed movie nights? If you have kids, I highly recommend the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and movies. They are a lot of fun, and they are great for kids and adults.
(Mom and amateur party planner)
PS (You can find more of my favourite DIY party themes here.)