Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Universal Pictures.
The Minions have their own movie! And it will be showing in theaters July 10.
Are you ready?
Host a backyard bash this summer to celebrate the release of Minions. I've got tons of ideas to share with you for an ice cream pool party that kids (and adults) will love.
I will share all of the party details down below (including where you can purchase items) so that everything is all in one place. In the meantime, take a look at how easy it is to set up a fun backyard bash this summer. Warning! There are a lot of photos.
Here are a few things you may want for your Minions pool party: towels, beach balls, pool noodles, sunscreen, lip balm, and sunglasses. A lot of these things make great party favors too. Kids can use them during the party, and then take them home at the end. I'm an avid believer in saying 'no' to candy bags and giving kids something they can use.
Aren't the lip balms fun? As I was wandering through Walmart I spotted these yellow EOS lip balms on the end of an aisle, so I grabbed a few along with Sharpies and paint pens and then drew a minion eye on each.
And cool shades are essential to keep the sun out of the kids eyes.
Of course it wouldn't be a pool party without Minion races ...
a whole lot of swimming ...
and of course Minions falling down waterfalls ... or as we dubbed this one, Minions Falls.
And for kids who don't want to spend all of their time in the pool, it's essential to keep a few other fun activities on hand.
Like bubble blowing ...
a photo booth ...
and a little kit flying ...
As for food, keep it simple. Kids don't want anything too heavy when they are swimming and playing, so host your party late morning or afternoon.
An ice cream bar is perfect, you can have everything ready to go and bring it outdoors at a moments notice.
Offer a few varieties of ice cream but keep it simple - staples such as vanilla and chocolate work best, but throw in one fun flavor too for those who might not want to add toppings. I added mango to our ice cream tub.
Don't forget to add a variety of toppings.
For this ice cream bar I kept it fairly simple with toppings - mini marshmallows, jelly beans, sixlets, bubble gum balls, gummy fish, sprinkles mix (blue, white and yellow sprinkles with sprinkle stars and candy eyes), and white chocolate with Minions candy toppers.
Don't forget to keep your guests hydrated with plenty of water. A roll of Duck Tape will have your water bottles party ready in no time at all.
Add a couple of other snacks for guests for when the ice cream is in the freezer such as Minions banana Twinkies and Minions jelly candies.
Don't forget utensils. You won't need a lot, but you will need spoons and ice cream scoops, along with lots of napkins. Kids love straws, so add a few of those, and a Sharpie for writing names on water bottles too.
And you don't need to go crazy on the decorations. Keep it simple. Chances are it might be a little windy outdoors anyway. A few pops of color here and there are perfect.
Even I got my Minion on for this party. My yellow DKNY cropped jeans paired perfectly with my Minions Havaianas, and a splash of Wet n Wild 'Teal of Fortune' color on my toenails topped it off.
Minions Party Details:
- Minions Merchandise - beach balls, towels, yo-yo: available on Amazon
- Bubble wands, pool noodles, and frisbee: all $1 each from either Walmart or the Dollar Store.
- Minions photo props: Walmart (party section)
- Minions kite: $1 at the Dollar Store
- Minions sunglasses: currently available on Zulily
- Minions sunscreen: available at Walmart
- Minions banana Twinkies, Minions candies and Minions candy toppers: Walmart
- Utensil caddy: DIY project - you can find my instructions on how to make these here.
- Minions Havaianas: available here
Looking for more Minions party ideas, take a look at these:
Minions raisin boxes (free printable) | Layered jelly jars | Free printable tattoos | DIY treat bags | Evil Minion slushies | Push-up cake pops (free printable) | Minion party food ideas | DIY Agnes costume | DIY Evil Minion pinata
Follow along with your favorite Minions here:
About the movie:
The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.
But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.
The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation.
Featuring a soundtrack of hit music from the ’60s that still permeates our culture today, Minions is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Brian Lynch has written the screenplay for the 3D-CG comedy adventure, and Chris Renaud serves as executive producer of the film.
Will you be going to see the MINIONS this weekend?