Toy Story 3 Movie Night

posted on November 12, 2010 by  |  posted under Crafting, Family Time, Parenting  |  26 Comments

Toy Story 3 Movie Night

Are you sitting down? Have a snack? Ready to be wowed? I hope so, because I have been giddy waiting to introduce you to a personal friend of mine. Her name is Amy Workman and she is one CRAFTALICIOUS  babe. She is a wife, mother, photographer, scrapbooker, baker, and decorator extraordinaire, and I think her kids are probably some of the luckiest on this planet. Why? Because she regularly spoils them with “Movie Nights”. Now, these aren’t your ordinary, popcorn and a flick type movie nights. She comes up with adorable treats, crafts, and decorations to make her movie nights full of fun and completely memorable. I was so ecstatic when she agreed to share her Toy Story 3 movie night idea with us at HowDoesShe! So, sit back and be prepared to be inspired!

I was so honored to be asked to share a guest post with you today here on How Does She. I’m even more excited to share with you an awesome family activity that we just love at our house, and I’m sure will be a hit with your own family too.

Once or twice a month we do a whole themed night on a particular movie, complete with goodies, decorations and fun activities, we call it Movie Night and today I get to share with you the new Toy Story 3 movie. (If you haven’t seen it yet, I can’t recommend this movie enough! It is fabulous!)

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We’ve all been VERY excited to see this movie, and my kids have been counting down the days until it’s release. So, lets get started shall we?

I usually start with a fun and yummy treat, and this time we did make-your-own Mr. Potato Head cupcakes!

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Start by baking up a batch of your favorite cupcakes, and frost them with peanut butter icing. If you have peanut allergies at your house, no problem, butter cream frosting tinted brown is a great substitution.

So now we’ve got the body of our potato and here’s where the fun begins… he’s about to get a lot cuter!

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Check your local bulk food store or candy isle for different sweet treats that can represent the various body parts of a Mister or a Misses Potato.

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Don’t limit yourself to just candy, I ended up using cereal pieces for the nose; and licorice makes great hairy eyebrows and mustaches.

My kids had so much fun decorating their potato head cupcakes!

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After eating that yummy cupcake you’ll want something to wash it all down with, so how about a squeeze toy alien milkshake?

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Blend up your favorite flavor of ice cream into a milkshake (we used mint chocolate chip). Next, cut the backs off of 3 marshmallows and stick them to the side of the cup. Add some black eyes with an edible food marker, a green licorice straw and you’re done! A huge hit with the kids, and so easy to make!

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Now that we’ve covered the food for our movie night, just a couple more simple touches and you’re ready to watch your show.

I printed a picture of Buzz Lightyear from the Internet and made it into a small sign to go with our Buzz Band glow bracelets.

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This next prop was an awesome find at my local dollar store. (A great place to get inexpensive treats and decorations for your own movie nights) These monkey candy toys. (Makes SO much more sense if you’ve seen the movie) They happily clapped along with the movie.

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Last but not least, I like to do a little bit of decorating to bring the whole night together. So I wrapped a big box in brown paper, wrote Sunnyside on it and grabbed a bunch of the kids toys to represent different characters from the movie.

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For most of my movie nights, the first time I watch it is usually with the whole family. Most of the time I can get an idea of what the movie is about by reading an online plot summary or from commercials or pictures. But in this case, I did watch the movie before hand, so that is why my treats and decorations are so specific. I of course didn’t mind watching the movie again, it’s that cute!

I love doing movie nights for my family, and the kids think it’s just the greatest thing ever. Plus, it’s like I get to throw a party every month, and I love the creative outlet this provides for me. I hope you found some inspiration from this, and want to start your own family movie nights!

I have to tell you that we adopted these movie night ideas, and it’s amazing how a few simple touches can transform an ordinary evening into something magical. We had a “Nim’s Island” movie night at our house when it was released. A few dollar-store leis and grass skirts, some tropical treats, and the movie made it SO fun for us all. The girls still talk about it.

Thanks, Amy, for being willing to share your ideas with us, especially with a brand new baby in your life! I hope you’ll contribute again, soon! Here are a few more of Amy’s projects that caught our eye. Just a warning, though. If you click over to visit her blog, be prepared to spend a while perusing! I could get lost looking through her stunning and fun projects. Take a look at these to whet your appetite!

Thanksgiving Place cards

Mermaid Party Decor

Camp Rock Movie Night

If you could create a movie night for your family, what movie would YOU choose?

Toy Story 3 Movie Night

    1. November 12th, 2010 at 8:59 am
      Kendra says:
      What a GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to plan a family movie night!!!
      .-= Kendra´s last blog ..Christmas Shopping Online =-.
    2. November 12th, 2010 at 9:50 am
      Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts says:
      Adorable! I love a great movie night!!!
    3. November 12th, 2010 at 10:38 am
      Shelley says:
      How fun is this!? We just watched TOy Story 3, but I think we may need to do it all over again. I love the idea of doing a special movie night once or twice a month. We need more posts like this on here! :) Great ideas to do with family... Melts my heart. Thanks for sharing.
    4. November 12th, 2010 at 11:05 am
      Nesleirbag says:
      You girls never cease to amaze me with your creativity! Super clever !
    5. November 12th, 2010 at 11:19 am
      Missy says:
      My mind is spinning with all the possibilities! It makes me want to watch all the old movies again. First up - creating little mini light sabers out of food...the boys will LOVE it!
    6. November 12th, 2010 at 11:32 am
      Monica says:
      This is so cute! What lucky kiddos! =)
      .-= Monica´s last blog ..Thanksgiving Kiddie Table =-.
    7. November 12th, 2010 at 12:53 pm
      Jessica Harwood says:
      Seriously fun idea!! I love doing themed stuff and this sounds like so much fun! {It makes me wish I had kids old enough to care - a 3 month old probably isn't too interested ;)! }
    8. November 12th, 2010 at 6:38 pm
      stacy says:
      what a cute idea! i love toy story 3! i'm going to try this...thanks!
    9. November 12th, 2010 at 6:55 pm
      Marsha says:
      Love the ideas - I am going to encourage my son to have a toy story 3 party!
    10. November 12th, 2010 at 7:06 pm
      Annie Byers says:
      We are going to the community center where my mom works tonight to attend family movie night! Pizza, salad, desert and TOY STORY 3 !!!!
    11. November 12th, 2010 at 11:43 pm
      Gretchen says:
      too funny! we just did one tonight! (except it was just the new spongebob episode instead of a movie) check it out:
      i came across amy's blog a little while ago and it TOTALLY inspired me to do movie night! it is so much fun and i love the planning. glad you're getting her awesome ideas (with fab photog skills to show them off!) out to more! :)
    12. November 13th, 2010 at 1:48 pm
      Shannon says:
      This is such a CUTE idea! My older kids watched Toy Story 3 last night at their friends house-had I known about this I would have hosted a Toy Story 3 movie night at our house!
    13. November 13th, 2010 at 2:05 pm
      alison says:
      SO cute! I went over to your blog and I love the apple teeth. That made me laugh! Amazing photography too!
      .-= alison´s last blog ..Garnish Giveaway =-.
    14. January 26th, 2011 at 12:10 am
      Dorothy @ Kids Birthday Party Places says:
      Wow!! i love your site! kids will surely love
      this idea. this is also a great idea for birthday
      parties.. great post!
    15. January 27th, 2011 at 5:47 am
      Tom @ hello kitty costumes says:
      Nice ideas! I have always wanted of having a birthday theme of Toy Story! You have a wonderful blog. Thanks for posting!
    16. December 9th, 2012 at 3:41 pm
      Tee says:
      sweet idea with the potato. i must try it sometimes!
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