Throw an UP themed birthday party

Take inspiration from the movie Up for your child's next birthday party.
Take inspiration from the movie Up for your child's next birthday party. Photo: Disney/Pixar

Capturing all the adventure and heart from the movie, Majell of Majell del Castillo Events created this Disney UP themed birthday party, perfect for any little explorer looking for an adventure of their own.

Inspired by the vintage details in the first 15 minutes of the film, most of the party props were DIY projects or cute vintage items.

For their invitations Majell used Carl and Ellie's airline tickets to Paradise Falls as inspiration. 

Upon arrival each child received a personalised white mailbox (just like Carl and Ellies) containing a map to Paradise Falls and a chocolate candy bar just in case they saw Kevin the snipe. (See the photo gallery of the party here)

To help take some of the stress out of planning the perfect kids' party we have gathered a list of everything you need and a little more to create your own version of an UP themed party for your child.

Invitations

Send out these boarding pass invitations inviting your guests on an adventure to explore Paradise Falls.

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Decorations

Think travel, adventure and exploring. For an easy wall hanging, download and print multiples of this Wilderness Explorer bunting, attach to some brown twine and hang across the front of the food table or wall. For table decorations place a vintage suitcase or a world globe to tie in with the travel and adventure theme. For a centrepiece you can re-create Carl taking off for Paradise Falls with this free Disney house with balloons printable, attach helium balloons for a more realistic look. Carl is known for his smart attire and this party shouldn't be any different, download and print this easy tutorial on how to turn the party beverages into dapper looking drinks. An UP party would not be complete without these free Carl and Russell 3D printables. Lastly, print and frame this thank you sign for the table.

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Costume ideas

The theme for this party could be anything to do with adventure and exploring but party guests could also come dressed as Carl or Ellie. An adorable bow tie and novelty black glasses would make a cute party favour for kids to dress-up with.

Party food

A packed lunch is most important when setting out on an adventure, especially when little jet-setters are involved - so provide a mixture of naughty and not-so-naughty nibbles for the kids to eat throughout the day. Below is a list of recipes guaranteed to provide all the energy needed for the day. 

UP inspired birthday cupcakes

Make a batch of vanilla or chocolate flavoured cupcakes and click through our gallery to see how to decorate them into a Disney UP themed birthday cake.

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Fairy Bread

Vanilla cupcakes with swiss buttercream

Ten sandwich party ideas

Pizza cups

Salted caramel popcorn

Build-your-own Nachos

Fruit Kebabs

Raspberry and banana 'icecream'

Games

Thumbprint balloon craft

Download and print multiples of this craft activity and create a balloon picture for party guests to make and take home.

Twister

A classic that never gets old, the kids will love playing this.

Balloon Games

What’s a party without balloons, and lots of them? But balloons can be so much more than a mere decoration. Get the most out of this birthday party essential with our collection of balloon party popping games.

Parachute games

You can purchase a parachute quite cheap for a fun outdoor game that everyone can play.

Hula Hoop games

For some hoop-swinging fun who can resist a game of hula-hoops? Mix up the traditional version with a few other quirky challenges to add to the mix and try these party game suggestions at your child's next birthday party.

Get this look

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1. Desktop globe, $39, from Urbanoutfitters.

2. Elli's grape soda badge, $2.50, from Etsy.

3. Orange paper suitcase set, $32, from Shop Sweet Lulu.

4. Baby Blue Pastel BALLOON cupcake toppers, $3.50 USD, from Etsy.

5. Everyday pinwheel kit, $14, from Shop Sweet Lulu.

6. Boys bow tie, $4.95 USD, from Etsy.

7. Glasses, $2.99, from The Base Warehouse.

8. Vintage hot air balloon, $59.99, from The Little Big Company.

9. Helium balloon kit, $49.98, from Big W.