Hollywood birthday party theme works well for anyone who loves being in the spotlight. Boys like being movie action heroes, and girls love being glamorous and pretty actresses. Movies star party ideas on this page are designed for throwing an all-gender party – so everyone is satisfied!
For your Hollywood party invitations, cut out star shapes out of yellow construction paper. Then write “You’re invited” in the middle of the star. On the back side you can write “Congratulations! You have been chosen to play a starring role in (your child’s name) Birthday Party written and produced by (your last name) family.” Next, include the rest of you Hollywood birthday party details.
You can also make your party invitations in a movie ticket shape. On the front you can write “Admit One” with the guest’s name. Draw a picture of a film camera and clapboard.
On the inside write “Now Playing: Join us for a night of Glitter, Glamour and Glitz as we celebrate (your child’s name) birthday!” Include the rest of the movie party details.
Lastly, you can create your party invitations on clear CDs. Simply write your party message in permanent black marker, and mail the invitations to your Hollywood birthday party goers.
Remember to mention dress code for your party – so there is no confusion on the guests’ part.
Have your Hollywood party decorations in red, gold, silver and black colors. Play movie tunes in the background.
You don’t need to have lots and lots of decorations for Hollywood theme party. Whatever party decorations you are going to have – they have to convey glamour and stardom!
For your outside movie party decorations, design a Hollywood Sign. Roll out a long red material for “red carpet” leading to your front door.
Make a statement with pretty helium balloons tied nicely around your party area. Hang some colorful curly ribbon streamers from the ceiling. Put celebrity posters on the walls.
Cover your Hollywood birthday party table with an elegant tablecloth. You can place a clear plastic cover on top of the cloth to avoid any stains. Spread ribbons and star-shaped confetti.
Guest Arrival and Introductory Activities
*Red Carpet Arrival: As your guests arrive on a red carpet walk, have parents and helpers standing there taking pictures like paparazzi.
Get one helper play a role of a “fan”. She must approach each guest as they arrive and ask “(guest name), can I have your autograph?”
Have another helper play a role of a “bodyguard” who initially blocks that fan from approaching the “star”, but after a few seconds allows to take an autograph.
Buy a nice book to keep all the autographs in. Ask each guest to write a birthday wish for the birthday child beside the autograph.
This activity alone will guarantee a great start to your Hollywood birthday party – it will be a big hit!
*Headline: Give everyone a pen and a piece of paper that says “Movie Stars Arrive at Oscars” on the top. Start a timer and see how many words your guests can make out of letters in the headline in 15 minutes.
Count the words up. Guests receive one point for each word. For every word that no one else has – they receive a bonus point. The person with the most points wins a prize.
*Star Decor Activity: Here is a great Hollywood birthday party craft. You can get Star Treasure Box kit from a party store. Have the kids decorate the stars with paints and glitter. They can take their stars home as favors.
For Hollywood party favors, give out sunglasses, fake jewelry, movie posters, chocolate candy, bow ties, picture frames, etc.
Hollywood Birthday Party Games
*Pin-the-Tail Game – Hollywood Style: Get a poster of a famous actor or actress before the party. Then draw or print up Oscars from cardstock paper, and put double-sided tape on them.
At game time, blindfold the players one by one. Spin them around, and get them to stick their Oscars on the hand of the movie star. Whoever gets the closest – wins!
*Movie Scenes: Write down famous lines from the movies, and have the kids take turns reading the lines. Have the other guests try to name the movie and the actor who originally said the line.
As a variation, the kids can silently act out the movie scenes. Get the other children identify the scenes.
*Hollywood Stunts: Design a series of stunts that kids have to perform. (This idea will be extremely popular among boys.)
First, they can race, one by one, on a bike through an obstacle course (designed in advance). Secondly, they can jump over a limbo stick as it rises higher and higher. Lastly, they can stand at the wall, and try to avoid water balloons thrown by other players from a distance. (Remind them to bring a change of clothes.)
*Starry Eyes: Here is Hollywood birthday party decoration activity that your guests will surely like. You’ll need sunglasses and decorative items such as feathers, gems, sequins, beads, confetti, etc.
Use fine sandpaper or an emery board to lightly roughen the spots on the sunglasses where you will add trims. (Be careful not to scratch the lenses.) Wipe the glasses with a lint-free cloth or a soft paper towel before applying glue and decorative items to your sunglasses.
If you plan to layer the trims, such as sequin stars and beads, glue the bottom trims (using white craft glue), and let the glue dry. Glue next layer of the trims over the first layer. Let the glue dry thoroughly before letting kids wear glasses.
*Freeze Dance: Let your Hollywood birthday party guests dance while music plays in the background. When music stops, all players must freeze simultaneously. Whoever is still moving – goes out of the game.
To make the game more challenging, play music for a longer period of time, and pause it “unexpectedly.”
*Which Celebrity Am I?: Post a picture or name of a celebrity on each child’s back. Have children mingle asking ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions to find out their celebrity name. For example, they can ask “Am I a big-screen movie star?” or “Am I a comedian?, etc.
As a variation, you can allow Hollywood birthday party guests to ask only 3 questions at a time. Then they have 3 guesses to get the right answer.
*Quizzer: Appoint one of the helpers to be a DJ. Sit the rest of the partygoers in a circle. The DJ looks the other way and starts the tunes. Meanwhile the players pass around a small box. Inside the box are slips of paper with movie trivia written on them.
When the music stops, the person holding the box opens it, picks a slip of paper, and tries answering the question. If he can’t – he is out of the game. The game continues in this manner until there is only person left.
*Movie Making: Before your Hollywood birthday party, get a movie script or one-act play from local library or college theater department. Organize costumes and props needed for the play. Have a video camera handy.
At game time, introduce your guests to the play you will perform. Or, start brainstorming if writing the play is part of the fun. Choose roles. Remember to have a director or camera person – parents or friends can be involved.
Give everyone time to read through the parts. Then have children get into their costumes, and roll the tape!
*Watch a Show: Let the kids watch their favorite movie at the end of the Hollywood birthday party – so they can unwind.
As a variation, create “Drive-In Movie Theater” by bringing TV set outside. Set up chairs around it, and play a video when the night falls.
Food and Drink
Hollywood Birthday Party Cakes:
*Hollywood Star Cake: Bake two square cakes. Cut off all four corners on one of the cakes. Place the corners at the sides of the other cake to form a star. Frost the cake. Write birthday message or “You’re a Star!”
*Stunt Cake: Bake a sheet cake, and frost it with favorite icing. Decorate the cake with stars using tubes of frosting and sprinkles of confetti.
Cut pieces for all the kids and place the pieces on plates. The kids must eat cake without using their hands or silverware.
Hollywood Birthday Party Food Ideas:
*Star Pizzas: You’ll need 5 slices of mozzarella or cheddar cheese (about 5 oz), 10 oz package of refrigerated pizza dough, 8 oz pizza sauce, 2 oz sliced pepperoni, 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese.
Use cookie cutter to cut cheese into stars. Use a pizza cutter to cut dough into 8 rectangles (about 4×3 inches). Put rectangles on the baking sheet. Use a spoon to spread some of the pizza sauce (about 2 tsp) onto each rectangle. Top with pepperoni.
Bake about 10 minutes at 400°F. Remove baking sheet from the oven. Top each pizza with a few cheese stars. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Return baking sheet to the oven, and bake 2-3 minutes more (or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown).
Remove baking sheet from the oven. Let it stand on a wire cooling rack for 5 minutes before serving.
*Hollywood Sandwiches: Fill bread with sandwich fillings. Cut the sandwiches into star shapes using star-shaped cookie cutter.
*Movie Script Dishes: Prepare food that is typical of the movie script. For example, you can have pizza from Ninja Turtles, Reese’s Pieces from E.T., marshmallows from Ghostbusters, or fruit dinosaurs from Jurassic Park.
*Fruit & Cheese Tray: Cut veggies and cheese into small slices and squares respectively. Skewer the food onto fancy wooden toothpicks.
*Movie Star Pasta: Prepare rigatoni or linguine. Warm up pasta sauce. Serve to the movie stars.
*Theater Candy: Serve Jujubes, Raisinettes, Jordan Almonds, Butterfinger Bites, and Twizzlers.
*Small Taco Roll-Ups
*Mini Corn Dogs
Hollywood Birthday Party Drink Ideas:
Serve all your drinks in plastic champagne flutes.
*Sparkling Grape Juice
*Sparkling Apple Cider