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.

Tips for hosting a Despicable Me Party

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.


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.

Despicable Me party food

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.

Despicable Me Party Table


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 Party Beverages 

Despicable Me Party ideas

Despicable Me 2 Cake

Despicable Me 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.

Fresh Fruit

Despicable Me healthy party food
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.


Despicable Me party food
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.

Jelly Jars

layered jelly in jars
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.

Popcorn Bar

Despicable Me party food

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.


Despicable Me party treats
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.

Despicable Me party favors
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. 

Despicable Me party favors
Party City have 13" orange and white beach balls for 99c 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.

Coloring pages

Despicable Me coloring pages
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. 


Despicable Me Pinata
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:


Disclosure: This Despicable Me 2 party post was sponsored by Universal Pictures.


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Emily @FamilyNLifeLV June 3, 2013 - 9:42 pm

Everything about this party is so freaking adorable! I love all the details! Thank you for sharing!

Amy June 3, 2013 - 10:01 pm

This is so cool! I love the push cakes. It all looks great.

BriGeeski June 3, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Adorable!! I love it all! The little sandwiches wrapped in paper is a really cute idea.

Tiffany from Toot Sweet 4 Two June 3, 2013 - 10:08 pm

Great job! It’s so cute! We went to see Epic yesterday and saw the preview for Despicable Me 2 and it looks so cute! It comes out on my daughters 6th birthday, I have a feeling that we will be seeing this on her special day! Thanks for the great party ideas!

Tiffany from Toot Sweet 4 Two June 3, 2013 - 10:09 pm

Great job! It’s so cute! We went to see Epic yesterday and saw the preview for Despicable Me 2 and it looks so cute! It comes out on my daughters 6th birthday, I have a feeling that we will be seeing this on her special day! Thanks for the great party ideas!

Tonya Staab June 4, 2013 - 6:50 am

I’m dying to see Epic with the kids, I was just looking up the dates at our local drive-in theater, the kids love going there. We can’t wait to see DM2 as well, I think that’s the perfect way to celebrate your daughter’s 6th birthday.

Tonya Staab June 4, 2013 - 6:50 am

Thank you Amy, I’ll be posting the printable for them next Monday.

Liz June 4, 2013 - 6:01 am

So cute! I love the minions. Very excited for DM2.

FaVe Mom - Courtney Faith Vera June 4, 2013 - 10:50 pm

Cutest Despicable Me Party Set up Ever!

Melanie Kaminski June 5, 2013 - 9:55 pm

I love it! The minions are my favorite part of Despicable Me!

Tonya Staab June 9, 2013 - 5:36 pm

oh me too Melanie, and thank you 🙂

Tonya Staab June 9, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Thank you : )

Tonya Staab June 9, 2013 - 5:37 pm

I am dying to see Epic, I’ll have to take the kids over summer vacation … and of course see Despicable Me 2 as well :). Your daughter is going to have a great birthday, I’m sure.

Tonya Staab June 9, 2013 - 5:38 pm

They really are very cute.

Tonya Staab June 11, 2013 - 2:11 pm

Thank you so much Joan :).

joan cook June 11, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Very creative ideas! Love what you did!

Mandy June 28, 2013 - 10:16 am

HOW FUN!!!!!!!! I love this. Found you via pinterest and had to repin. I’d love for you to come link up to my linky party at smallfineprint.com

Small Fine Print

Shana D June 28, 2013 - 8:30 pm

Oh my gosh, will you adopt me and teach me how to be crafty. This party looks so amazing, can’t wait to see the tutorials!

Tonya Staab June 29, 2013 - 4:28 pm

Ha ha, thank you Shana. I have 3 of the tutorials up, there are links at the bottom of the blog post. The final tutorial will be posted on Monday – Free tattoo printables just in time for the movie release.

Annette August 20, 2013 - 9:44 pm

Such great decorations and ideas! I’m planning my sons first bday party and want to do a despicable me theme so you definitely gave me some inspiration. Thanks for sharing! I was also wondering where you got the large glass jars for the popcorn?

Alexandra September 29, 2013 - 10:52 am

Hi! I’m from Belarus (it’s near Russia). I wanted to make Despicable Party for my 2-old son, but couldn’t find any information about preparation in our region. Your ideas helps me 🙂 Thank you 🙂

Rachel October 8, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Any tips on keeping the sandwiches fresh even when preparing in advance? We are having a DM party at noon and I’d love to do sandwiches as you have here but the last time I did them the bread got all hard 🙁

Tonya Staab October 12, 2013 - 5:22 pm

I’m so glad you found my tips helpful. I hope your son has a wonderful party.

Tonya Staab October 12, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Only serve them in small quantities at a time, I set half out, keeping them wrapped in cling wrap until the very last moment. I keep the other half set aside in the kitchen wrapped in cling wrap too so that I can refresh the sandwiches if need be and add more to the tray as needed.

Kristi October 20, 2013 - 10:37 pm

Did you make the white two-tier square stand with the blueberries? It matches the little white benches perfectly, which made me think you did? If so, will you be adding a tutorial for it? It’s just adorable!!! 🙂

Tonya Staab October 21, 2013 - 6:52 am

Hi Kristi, no I didn’t, I’m going to guess that I purchased it at Marshall’s, it’s where I find a lot of my great bowls, dishes and stands.

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