Saturday, January 10, 2009

A Drive-In Movie Night

The concession Stand.

Decorating the cars.

Buying the treats and a ticket to the movie.

In their cars ready to watch the movie.


The other night we had a Drive-In movie party. We asked our guests to bring their pillows and blankets. When the kids arrived I gave them markers and let them decorate their cars made out of boxes. I used spray glue to attach postal paper (from the dollar store) to the boxes. I traced and cut out yellow circles for the head lights and glued blue paper plates on the sides for the tires.

I created a concession stand and gave the kids each an envelope with 7 pretend dollars. They had to purchase a movie ticket with one of the dollars and then were able to pick out 6 treats with the remaining money. I had them stand in line and welcomed each child. I tried to play the part. :) They loved it!

At our concession stand I offered:

Soda pop and Capri Suns
Popcorn
Red Vine licorice (2 for $1)
Fun sized Twix
Fun sized M&M's
Fun sized Reese's Cups
Fun sized Kit Kat's
Double Bubble Gum

I went with fun sized candy bars so that the kids could still have a variety of choices with out giving them a sugar high. Everything was $1 including the popcorn and drinks. They were only allowed to pick one of each item.

After they all had their refreshments I had them get into their cars and then went around the room and had them put their tickets in a ticket box. Then I welcomed them to the movie and told them to enjoy the show.

37 comments:

Jodi said...

My daughter is only two but I am saving this idea and the Polar Express idea (we LOVE that movie!) for when she's older! I'm new to your blog and think you have great ideas! :)

Kathy said...

This is the cutest idea ever!!! We hate the idea of spilled popcorn in our living room, but if they spill it in their "car" -- no problem!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Browns said...

I would love to know where you found (or how you made...) the black "now showing" movie box holder. This is the cutest Idea I think I have seen for a movie night.

Katherine Marie! said...

This is the MOST INCREDIBLE party idea EVER---- family and friend fun at its finest. You have extraordinary theme ideas!!!! This is on my to-do list--- thank you so much for sharing!

Chandie said...

Just came across your blog and LOVE all the fun and creative ideas! This one in particular is amazing! Can't wait to do this with my kids! Thank you!!

Jessica Morris said...

LOOOOOOVE this idea. So ingenious!! My boys are too young for it yet (1 and 2) but I am tucking this idea away :)

Elizabeth said...

I had to link to this post after starting to host our own summer movie nights! Thanks for the great ideas.

http://sixgoldencoins.blogspot.com/2010/06/outdoor-movie.html

Pricklybranch Manor said...

I found you via Ohdeedoh. This idea is GENIUS!!! I love it! I can not wait to do this with my 5 boys!! Thank you thank you thank you for sharing. You're awesome!

Ellen. said...

I found you via ohdeedoh too! my little family is still too young for this as well but it's bookmarked ready for the future and posted on my happy blog! thanks for sharing!!

chexymexy said...

I am so going to do this with my girls! thank you

Josh and Melinda said...

This is so cute! I tucked it away and finally replicated(the concession at least) for some family friends. Posted all about it, and linked back to you, from
http://joshandmelindagross.blogspot.com/2011/02/movie-night-with-lowe-clan.html

Homemade Easy said...

I did this in 1994 for my daughter. BUT, we used healthy treats. We did this every Monday night as a family....those are great memories! Virginia....http://ourfamilymemories1996.blogspot.com/

Allison, Wes, and Aiden said...

What kind of boxes did you use?!

Max said...

SUCH a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Such a GREAT idea! I found it on Pinterest and am trying it out tonight for my 3 year old and his friend! Such creativity! Love it!

Anonymous said...

Such a GREAT idea! I found it on Pinterest and am trying it out tonight for my 3 year old and his friend! Such creativity! Love it!

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful idea. My son has a nice time watching movies in his car. Thanks for the post

Kim said...

This is so adorable! I'm doing a Polar Express party with my girls next Saturday - they will be so excited - thanks so much for the idea! :)

Buckeye Outdoor Cinema said...

What a GREAT POST! We have seen some remarkable creativity with our customers and have posted some of the ideas on our website: http://www.buckeyeoutdoorcinema.com/outdoor-movie-ideas.html

The customers that go the extra mile with their "Drive In" experience always seem to have the biggest smile when we pick up the equipment later that evening! Outdoor Movie Nights are great family entertainment and something all will remember and look back on years later.

Would you mind if I posted your Blog link on our site and/or blog? Please let me know. Sincerely, www.BuckeyeOutdoorCinema.com

erin said...

We did it. I linked back to you! Come and check it out and thanks for the AWESOME idea. You ROCK!

http://abirdandabean.blogspot.com/2012/01/drive-in-movie-night.html

Aadel said...

Looks so fun!

The Monier Family said...

LOVE this!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing:)

Leslie said...

My son has begging for a birthday party for his 6th birthday, come April. This is going to be a great way to celebrate with just a couple friends, and it won't cost too much. Thank you so much for the idea, he is so excitied.

Viv said...

I've put this on my Pinterest board. The idea is absolutely brilliant and I will be trying this out on my grandchildren. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

shirley said...

Love this idea!! My boys love movie nights and what an added bonus!

Amy Seiber said...

I used your wonderful idea for my son's 7th birthday! The kids had a blast and the parents loved the "Concession Stand"! It was so cute, plus I could limit the sweets. I did the whole party (movie, candy, decorations, art supplies for "cars" ingredients for homemade personal pizzas, and party favors)for around $100. It was the most creative and inexpensive party I've had for my 3 kids. Thank You!

Trish@CraftyMoods.com said...

Very cool!

Jill @ A Mom With A Lesson Plan said...

So fantastic! I can't wait for our next sleep over... now I know what I want to do!

Three Kids & We said...

My son will be 9yo next year, but I still think his friends would love this for a bday party sleepover! Especially if I play if up like you did.

anne m d said...

i have been looking for winter birthday ideas all over. this is the only thing i found that i love! thank you...doing this this weekend!!

Anonymous said...

An absolutely great idea! Would never have thought of it - I like Jody's idea about the Polar Express. Posted this to Pinterest and have had a whole bunch of hits from it. Thanks for sharing!

JeffA said...

Wonderful idea. It's very creative. The last time I gave kids felt pens at a birthday party I ended up repainting one of my walls! I would definitely recommend washable, eco-friendly markers. Thanks again for another great idea.

Almaden Acorn said...

Love, love, love this drive-in movie night idea. Now I have a theme for my son's 4th....just another 12 mo. Away ! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

OOH! I think I am going to do this, except use a projector outside. We have a big popcorn concession stand we can set up, this is going to be fun! Need to check weather now...

Sarah said...

I am doing this type of party outside in a few weeks for my kids party....I was just researching for a few ideas on a "concession stand"! Thanks for the pictures and ideas! We are using Funflicks of Northeast Wisconsin!!

Ami Allison said...

OH MY GOSH!!! This is the cutest idea EVER!!! I have to do this for my daughter and her cousins!!!

Sofia Perez said...

I'm 14 and am inviting my friends over for a sleepover to do this because it's such and awesome idea!!!!