When B was two, one of her favorite movies was Pixar’s UP. It naturally followed that we threw her an UP-themed party when she turned three. This movie lends so much potential to a birthday party despite its relatively quiet role in the Pixar scene.
For this get-together, I focused more on activities than decorations. Of course there were balloons (an important element from the movie), but other than that and bright table cloths, I skimped.
Food was pretty simple. B has a few life-threatening food allergies, so I chose things I knew she liked, plus a few things she could try if she wanted to, nothing fancy: veggie and fruit trays, mixed berries, multi-grain tortilla chips and salsa, crackers and hummus, and of course “snipe bait” (dairy-free chocolate chips).
My mother made the cake, which turned out amazing, but had somewhat of a bumpy ride to the venue. That was ok; it looked like the house after it landed near Paradise Falls! I ordered miniatures of Russell, Dug, and Mr. Fredrickson weeks before the party to put on the cake. They were hard to find at the time and I was a little worried they wouldn’t arrive on time, but luck was on my side. A quick wash with some Dawn dish soap and they were perfect accessories. The balloons were mini marshmallows on skewers sprayed with food coloring. They got really sticky and didn’t taste very good, but they looked cute.
We did two games. One was a scavenger hunt and the kids had a lot of fun. I made sashes with tan felt for each kid and after finding the clues, they got little buttons to put on them. My husband even made a cameo as Mr. Fredrickson to kick it off.
The second game was to get the house to Paradise Falls. If I remember correctly, I got this one from Pinterest. I printed out several houses from the movie and attached a piece of drinking straw to the top, then threaded a piece of kite string through it. The string was attached to two chairs and I taped a picture of Paradise Falls to one. The object was for the kids to blow the house from one end to the other, effectively moving the house to where it was meant to go in the movie. The kids loved it, though B got a little frustrated and figured out a much faster way to win the game!
All in all, it was a great birthday party, and those are far from the only things you can do with the movie UP. It’s a sweet film with tons of possibilities. I’d love to hear some of your UP-inspired party ideas.