I was recently asked to create a party table for the upcoming Despicable Me 2 movie being released on July 3, 2013.
Today I'm sharing the party table and details, and then, over the next 4 weeks I'll be sharing tutorials so that you can create these crafts and recipes too.
With summer vacation coming up, how fun would it be to host a pool party, or a backyard screening of Despicable Me 1 before heading to the movie theater to see Despicable Me 2? That's what I had in mind as I was creating this party.
Let's go through the Despicable Me 2 party ideas.
TABLES AND PARTY SETTING
Keep it simple. Bring furniture such as shelving and tables that are normally indoors outside. Mix and match pieces, it doesn't have to be perfect, create a party with personality. When working with small spaces you will want to place your food on different levels so that everything is visible and you can add as much as possible to your party table. I'll be showing you soon how to build the small white weathered wood tables that you can see on top of the blue table.
Above the table I hung an old mirror that I picked up at a architectural salvage store. I sketched and painted a Minion to peek through the window at the party table and then using twine, tulle and burlap created a simple banner to hang across the top.
FOOD & DRINK
I wanted the food and drinks for the Despicable Me 2 party to be a mix of healthy options as well as special treats, and for them to be served in an environmentally friendly way.
I didn't want to use plates that would be thrown out afterward with lots of plastic utensils, instead I placed a stack of plastic baskets out for food to be placed in, these are washable and re-useable.
For beverages, we filled canning jars with filtered water and placed them in ice to keep the water cool. The fun beverage treat was Purple Evil Minion slushies in re-usable test tubes. I'll be sharing the tutorial on making these in an upcoming post. Paper straws were placed in an old jam jar.
Despicable Me 2 Cake
Instead of creating a large cake, traditional cupcakes, or cake pops for the Despicable Me 2 party I decided to do something a little different and made Minion push up cupcakes instead. Next week I'll be giving you a free printable (created by the amazing Juliann Law specifically for this party) and a recipe to make these.
Blueberries were placed in the top section of a 2-tiered tray, along with a small re-usable scoop for serving, and fresh pineapple pieces were placed in the bottom with picks for easy snacking. Bananas were left hanging on a banana holder.
Three-layer tea party sandwiches were served with a variety of fillings – Nutella, peanut butter and jelly, and ham and cheese. Each variety of sandwiches was wrapped in a different colored paper to make it easy for guests to choose the filling they prefer.
When I came across a set of rainbow jelly glasses on Pinterest by Glorious Treats I just knew I had to create layered jelly in jars to match my Despicable Me 2 party color scheme. I wanted to keep them simple to serve though so attached an environmentally-friendly spoon (made from plants) to each with a piece of twine.
It wouldn't be a movie themed party without popcorn. I placed two varieties – kettlecorn and Chip-Zel-Pop (which is gourmet treat that contains chips, pretzels and popcorn dipped in chocolate) into two large jars, each with a large scoop for easy serving.
Too many parties at the moment offer a dessert or candy table and although they look lovely, it's just too many treats for me (and my children). I did want to offer a little candy though so placed blue and yellow (minion) M&M's in one jar and purple and grey (evil minion) M&M's in a second jar. I picked these fun canning jars up at a re-sale store recently. The brilliant person who made them had simply glued a canning jar to a glass candlestick holder. I added a small silver scoop next to each jar so that little fingers weren't digging into the candy.
Party Entertainment and Favors
Freeze Rays, Bubbles and Beach Balls.
Right now at Target you can find bags of three water pistols for $1, and being that they are in blue, yellow and orange, they are a perfect match to the Despicable Me 2 party color scheme and for a summer pool party.
The bubbles are the Target Spritz brand and are only $1 each.
I have a small disdain for plastic party bags filled with tiny trinkets and candy, so all of these items make great party favors that can also be played with during the party.
At Michael's craft store I picked up a Despicable Me 2 coloring book for $1. I pulled each page out of the book, rolled it, wrapped it with twine and placed it into a cutlery holder with jars filled with pencils.
One of the tutorials I'll be providing in the next few weeks is this fun Purple Evil Minion piñata and bags for collecting candy. This was so much fun to make. Don't you just love that crazy purple hair?
Yes, that's right, in case you missed the announcement on the Despicable Me Facebook page, there will be Purple Evil Minions in Despicable Me 2.
Stay up-to-date with all things Despicable Me 2 leading up to the July 3 release here:
DESPICABLE ME 2 PARTY TUTORIALS:
- Purple Evil Minion Pinata
- Minion Push-Up Cupcakes (free printable)
- Purple Evil Minion Slushies
- Free Printable Tattoos
Disclosure: This Despicable Me 2 party post was sponsored by Universal Pictures.
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