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My oldest daughter just recently celebrated her 12th birthday.  Since going to Monsters University last June she has wanted that to be the theme of her birthday party this year.  As her birthday grew near she started talking about how she wanted me to print off movie tickets and set up a concession stand like I do when we have in-house movie theater nights for fun.  I started brain storming how we could make our home look like a movie theatre for her birthday and how to make it a bit different from when I surprise my kids with a movie theatre night at home.

The first step was the invitations…

The day of my daughter’s friend birthday party dawned and as my daughter went to school with these adorable…

Monsters University Cupcakes for her class

*Inspiration for these Monsters University Cupcakes came from Pinterest.

I set to work making caramel popcorn, per the birthday girls request.  Only this wasn’t your ordinary caramel popcorn it was…

Monsters University Caramel Popcorn!!!

*I searched the internet for dyed and colored caramel popcorn and could not find a recipe for it.  I found this Holiday Caramel Corn Recipe but it isn’t actually caramel corn it’s just sweet popcorn.  My daughter wanted caramel corn.  So I took our favorite caramel corn recipe for about 14 years now and made a few adjustments!  If you’d like this recipe then like this post and comment below with something like, “Please share you’re Monsters University Caramel Corn recipe?” If I get enough likes and comments, I’ll share it with you!

After the caramel corn was done I got to work at transforming my dinning and living room into

The Schroeder Movie Theatre

I hung red table mats from our dinning entry door, you know the cheap plastic ones that you can buy for $2 at Target or Walmart.  I then strung white lights around the door frame and hung a “Schroeder Movie Theatre” poster that also displays the number 12 because that’s how old the birthday girl is!

I then taped two pieces of black tag board together and put the Monsters University poster we got our daughter for her birthday on it.  I made up a “NOW SHOWING” banner to place above the poster on the tag board and hung it on our living room wall with white lights around it to look like a movie add you would see in a movie theatre.

Next was to ready the…

Concession Stand

That had a MENU…

Full of all the movie theatre outing necessities like soda and a LARGE bowl of popcorn…

…candy and some specialty popcorns like cheese popcorn and that super cool Monsters University Caramel Corn I made earlier that day!

They looked super cute in my coca-cola crate!

My daughter and her friends, and my three younger kids were each given a baggy with money in it to purchase things from the concession stand.  This is always my kids favorite part of movie theater night!

Then the birthday girl and her friends settled down on their bed in the movie theatre with their munchies and sodas and watched Monsters University!

The next day they made sock monsters!

My daughter put in a special request for lime green socks so she could make a Mikey Sock Monster!

We kept the Schroeder Movie Theater display and NOW SHOWING poster up for her family party the following weekend.  Only pulling back the drapes for easy passage as these guests would be going through this doorway more frequently.

We didn’t have a concession stand per se, but I did still set out a large bowl of popcorn and candy in front of our television where we had Monsters University playing quietly throughout the party, though nobody really watched it!  Take note of the cute balloon banner above the TV…the birthday girl made the Mikey balloons!

You may have noted that we didn’t have cake for my daughter’s friend party, that’s because I wasn’t sure they needed cake in addition to candy and caramel popcorn, not to mention all the un-sugared food they consumed that night.  But for the family party we had cake.  In fact we had two cakes!

The Cake Table!

Behind the table hung purple mats (Yes, those wonderful $2 ones from Target or Walmart!) and a balloon banner!

Beneath the balloon banner is a “Happy Birthday” banner that my daughter and I made together!  It’s doors, because…well if you’ve seen the movies you know why!  The banner also sports a Sully and Mikey, and Celia hangs below!

The table below the Monsters “Happy Birthday” banner was set with the cake display!

Lucky for me I have two coca-cola crates.  While the one held containers of popcorn on our entertainment center in the living room, this one beautifully displayed a plush Mike and Sully and our eating utensils!

On each side of this coca-cola crate was a cake!

The Mikey Cake!

The Sully Cake!

There’s more to this Sully cake than meats the eye…for when he was cut into you will see that the cake was made to look like…

Sully’s fur!

I got the idea for the polka-dotted inside from this pin on Pinterest.  However when I followed the link to Once Upon A Pedestal I found I wouldn’t be able to follow the directions for their cake because I don’t have a cake pop pan.  So I set out on an experiment waiting to see if it would work.  The hard part was that I had to wait until we cut into the cake at the birthday party to see if my experiment worked.  As you can see it did!

*If you don’t own a cake pop pan and want to know how I made my polka dot cake without one then like this post and comment with something like, “Please share you polka dot cake secret!”  If I get enough likes and requests for this recipe I’ll share it with you all!

It was a super fun party!  My daughter was thrilled and everyone loved the Monsters University decor and food!  

*If you want are wanting the recipe for the Monsters University Caramel Corn or the Polka Dot cake then don’t forget to like and comment below.  Enough likes and comments and your wish will be granted! But a heads up, I may not get a chance to post them until the week of the 14th because I am going to be enjoying some sun and warmth in Cozumel starting this Friday for 8 days and 7 nights!!!


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