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Lights, action, roll-'em!  In this case, roll 'em took on two meanings...the movie reels rolled and the cars did, too- they rolled right up to the action on the big screen at this Curious George at the Drive-In Movie party!  Birthday Boy Luke loves George, and so his mom requested a Curious George party~ and she wanted the main activity to be a Curious George movie on the outdoor movie screen!  So, here it is...all "rolled" into one!

Mom, Beth, wanted the cake to be a fantastic display of color and cuteness.  With stripes, dots, and George as the topper, the cake wowed Luke and his guests!

The cake was on display with several adorable cookie designs to coordinate with the theme~ and the table was dressed up  with the cutest glittered and fringed banana bags hung on a ripped fabric garland...

To go along with the sugary sweetness of cookies and cake, we also served Chex Mix in these fantastic cones...

I wanted these to have the effect of Curious George in a car, and so I covered a wooden drawer with striped wrapping paper and added wheels and headlights~

At the other end of the table, I had a matching car with number 5 lollipops.  This party took place during Hurricane Issac, and the humidity was sky-high.  I kept the lollipops covered to keep away yellow jackets, and when I tried to take it off, it wouldn't budge.  They were a study in sugar, heat, and humidity by the end of the party!

Birthday Boy Luke loves to spell- I knew this because he almost chose a "Super Why" theme for his party.  After spending just a bit of time with Luke, you will hear how much he loves to spell!  I knew I wanted to "spell" out his name at the party and so I used red paper fans to spell his name and displayed the letters on corkboards on easels...


Curious George in a little red car became the focal point of my party design.  I had seen cardboard boxes used as cars for outdoor movies, and I knew that was a "must-have".  I painted 12 little boxes red and decorated them...and topped off each one with a genuine "car hop" tray~

 The cars were so much fun!  Each had a yellow "Duck Tape" racing stripe, candy cup headlights with a tulle pom inside each, a customized license plate, yellow paper plate wheels with black crepe paper tread, and tail lights.

 Having the names on each box was a great way to make sure everyone had a seat for the show!  (We had to put tarps down due to the wet grass.)

Each tray had a piece of red and white striped wrapping paper on it- and so did each "floorboard" of the cars.

After the short movie, it was time to enjoy cake!

It was a yellow cake with chocolate chips!  That was a special request from the birthday boy!

The guests also enjoyed a visit from the Man with the Yellow Hat and pretending to be George themselves!

There was also time for a pinata and for playing on the playscape (complete with a birthday rock climbing wall), and then the guests were treated to a fabulous favor table!

The favor table was packed with treats for the guests and was draped with glittered and fringed banana treat bags for the small items.  It was also decorated with wooden blocks to spell out Luke's name- a cute decoration to use in his bedroom as a keepsake of his 5th birthday!

Mom Beth loved showering Luke's friends with treats...these boxes are filled with cupcake mix for the families to make and enjoy together at home.  I love the personalization!

These polka-dot chocolate lollipops were dressed in Curious George wrappers and displayed in small jars of candy...

Along with bubbles, bottle cap necklaces, blow horns, banana crayons, and more, the children each received a Curious George book to enjoy reading.

And, many cookies were saved to take home!

 It was such a fun day to celebrate Luke!  Miraculously, we had just enough time for the party before Hurricane Issac dropped torrential rain on us!  A perfect day, indeed! 

As a side note, Luke decided to request that his friends bring dog treats to donate to the local shelter instead of traditional birthday gifts.  Luke and his friends donated 26 bags of dog treats, and Luke made the front page of our local paper!  How exciting for Luke, his friends, and the pups!

Thank you for letting me be a part of your family's special day, Beth and David!  Happy Birthday, Luke!


Custom License Plates on Boxes and Now Showing Poster- The Creative Orchard

Cake- And Everything Sweet

Cookies- Bee's Knees Creative

Banana Bags for Favors- The Purple Pug

Cones for Chex Mix- SuperChick Studios

Rag Tie Garland in Yellow-J Purifoy on Etsy

Number 5 Lollipops- Vintage Confections

Chocolate Lollipops- Suckers by Steph

Cupcake Mix in Personalized Box- FavorBoxBakery

Tulle Poms for Headlights on the Cars- Titi's Tutus

Photography- Zoomworks Photography

Curious George Name Blocks- Little Gifts of Love on Etsy

Luke Birthday Sign on Fence- Graphic Magic Designs

Ideas for Drive-In Movie Cars

Car Hop Trays- Wasserstrom Restaurant Supply

Party by The Party Wagon

Reader Comments (17)

Beyond BANANAS for this party. I am just in awe over the adorableness of those drive in viewing cars with snack trays. So clever and ridiculously charming. Beautiful styling~ so colorful and fun. Honored to be a part.
October 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterthe purple pug
I am dying over the drive in cars!!!! LOVE every detail! Amazing job Lydia! Would love to feature this one too if you are interested!
October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy's Party Ideas
Those cars are too cute!!!
October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeonie @ Ashlee Rae
So whimsical! Everything was adorable ... cutest Curious George party ever!
Very cute! I love drive in movies!

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEbony
That is one super exciting party for little kids. Cars look absolutely brilliant ! These kids will remember this for along time . Well done ! I'm definitely pinning this one :)
October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAneta
Fabulous, as always! Dying over the paper fans--SO CLEVER! And the car hop trays on the cars!! CUTE!
October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany @GreyGrey Designs
Good gracious, lady! You either have a lot of time, not many kids, a lot of money, or you got paid to do this. THIS IS INCREDIBLE. I don't think I could ever create all this. Unless.... I paid someone to help me ;)
October 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlex
Hi Purple Pug, Amy, Leonie, Latisha, Ebony, Aneta, and Brittany!
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a message- you are so sweet! Kristy, I was thrilled to add a little of your glittered flair to the party- the bags were perfect!!
Thanks to you ALL for being so kind! I appreciate you very much!!
October 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterLydia Menzies
Hi Alex,
Thank you for your compliments about this fun party! I planned this party for a family in my town to celebrate their son's birthday- it was a great day!
October 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterLydia Menzies
Everything is just too cute to be described through words. I love each and everything. I am going to keep these ideas for future reference! ;)
January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTyler Jones
it is so dreamy and nice ... the cake , the decorations ... everything ... mind blowing :) God bless your son :)
January 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpeter kenneth
Awesome! My 4 year old daughter loves to watch Curious George on Netflix and always checks out the books at the library. She has been on me about having a Curious George themed birthday party that is coming up next month. I am a young, single, college student, so I don't have a lot of money for her party but I will definitely try to get a George cake and/or cookies. I also can get printables of George to make place cards and decor with the yellow and red colors. I am so glad that I found your blog because there are a ton of great ideas and they will come in handy for the future. Hopefully I will get good ideas for other upcoming events (like when my older sister decides to have children!).
January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey
Great ideas!!! Did the trays come with the brackets for hooking them onto the cars? I am not finding them with brackets! Any help would be great!!!
April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen
Hi Kelsey! I am so glad you found my site and parties that you love! I hope your daughter has a fabulous birthday party- I know she will love anything you do! Have fun!!
April 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterLydia Menzies
Hi Carmen!
Yes! The trays came with the clamps on the sides. I just checked the site where these trays were bought, and they must be out of stock right now. If you google "car hop trays" it will take you to trays on many different sites- from Amazon to ebay and more. Maybe there you can find what you are looking for- I hope so! Thanks so much!
April 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterLydia Menzies

Its great Work. Thanks for nice sharing. Keep it up.
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulli Smith

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