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Hey party peeps! I’m so excited to share with you today some of my Disney’s Inside Out Party Ideas! We have been eagerly awaiting the release of Disney’s new animated movie Inside Out for a while now. The movie is about a girl named Riley (I KNOW…perfect as my daughter’s name is Riley too!) who moves to San Francisco with her family from Minnesota (I KNOW!! We live in MN!) and experiences a wide range of emotions about her new life. We get a look inside her head to see all of her emotions come to life in the form of 5 character emotions: Joy (her main emotion), Disgust, Anger, Fear and Sadness. The story was told with such cleverness and compassion that I nearly cried a few times in the theater and definitely laughed out loud A LOT! This movie is a must-see!
GIRLFRIEND TIP I setup the party the morning we went to see the movie so that everything would be ready when we all returned. I also wanted the kids to understand how all the decor and activities related to the movie which they could only do once they’ve seen the movie.
Disney’s Inside Out Party – Set the Scene!
To celebrate the release, I decided to make the day extra special for the kids and host an Inside Out Party complete with a “Sweet Mix of Emotions” Jelly Bean bar, Photo Booth and “Book of Emotions” party activity. Now to decorate this party! While shopping in Walmart one day, Riley and I noticed a large display of Inside Out plush toys and figures that were perfect to decorate the party with.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: I planned on having 5 kids at the party so I bought one of each of the 5 emotions (that worked out perfectly…right!) so that I could not only decorate the party with them but also have one for each of the kids to take home with them (total ROCK STAR MOM moment!).
Here I displayed each plush character in front of each of the guest’s place settings and even color coordinated their plates to match the character’s colors. I also created a really cool centerpiece by displaying the cupcakes on this swirl cupcake stand that I put on top of a clear jar filled with Riley’s joyful memories (yellow gumballs) and topped each cupcake with a custom printable cupcake topper that I made to match each emotion.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Custom party printables are a great way to add a bit of personalization to your party and give it a high-end look. I used them a lot in this party decor instead of using commercial party supplies. One more tip: to keep the plush toys standing up, I use doll stands.
To finish off the look, I wrapped blue punch bottles with custom drink wrappers that said “Tears of Joy” and placed one at each place setting. Riley actually came up with this idea when we were shopping. It is BRILLIANT…I must say!
Inside Out Photo Booth
Wow, did the kids LOVE this activity! Using printables I created photo booth props of each of the emotions on a stick and had the kids take photos with each of them and the plush toy that matched the emotion. While taking the photos, I encouraged them to show that emotion in their photos. BOY, they had NO PROBLEM doing this! It was HILARIOUS!
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Setting this up was super easy. To do the backdrop, I just used a plastic clothes rack that I found at Walmart and draped a sequin curtain over the top bar. EASY!
“Book of Emotions” Party Activity
I wanted to do an activity with the kids that would get them thinking about their own memories and emotions and encourage them to share those. So, I gave each guest their own journal that I personalized with their names using a printable. (The kids thought this was so cool that their names were on their books!) I gave them all 5 of the photos they just took with each emotion and asked them to tape their photos in their books on one page and on the opposite page write down a memory where they felt that emotion. In the movie, we meet Riley’s imaginary friend Bing Bong that the kids all just loved. Inspired by that, I had the kids draw a picture of their imaginary friend in their books. This was super fun! Once they were all done, they all shared their books out loud with each other. So cute!
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Once the kids were done taking their photos, I served them cupcakes and ice cream while I printed their photos on my home color printer. This way, I was able to have all the photos ready for the activity when they were done with their dessert.
Sweet Mix of Emotions Jelly Bean Bar!
This was such a hit with the kids! As a take-home favor, each guest visited the Sweet Mix of Emotions Jelly Bean Bar and filled their candy bags with a mix of emotions. Each emotion was represented by a jelly bean in their color. I finished off the look with printables that I simply stuck down into the candy jars. The centerpiece to this table was dedicated to Joy (Riley’s main emotion). I displayed the Joy plush toy surrounded by bowls of Riley’s joyful memories which are depicted in the movie as yellow balls. Here I used yellow gumballs and a large plastic yellow bouncy ball to symbolize her memories.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: You can purchase jelly beans in a wide variety of individual colors now (thank goodness!) at Jelly Belly so separating them into separate glass containers is simple. This would also work with any colored candy that your kids love.
What a fun day and a great AFTERPARTY for the movie premiere of Inside Out! Have you seen it with your kids yet?
What fun ways do you encourage your kids to share their emotions?
Since we’ve seen the movie the kids still can’t get enough so we downloaded the Inside Out: Storybook Deluxe App that Riley loves to read on her iPad!
WHERE DID SHE GET THAT?
– Styling & Photography: Soiree Event Design
– Disney’s Inside Out Plush Toys & Figures, paper plates, clothes rack: Walmart
– Emotions Printables: Soiree-EventDesignShop.com
– Rainbow rhinestone frame: Lavish Parties & Prints by Talia
– Glittered cupcake wrappers: Dress My Cupcake
– Rainbow pack of paper straws: Hoopla Events
– Jelly beans: Jelly Belly
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