Hi Friends! My sweet little Easton is 3! To celebrate our special guy’s birthday we transformed the backyard into a retro outdoor drive-in movie party, complete with a fully stocked concession stand, ticket booth, and cardboard box cars for all of our little guests! It was a complete blast!
EASTON’S RETRO DRIVE-IN MOVIE PARTY: THE THEME
When I was first envisioning this party I knew I wanted it to have a very retro feel with the main colors being, red, teal, and gold. There is one drive-in about 45 minutes from our house and we have gone there every summer for as long as I can remember. It’s a bit of a tradition and certainly nostalgic, to say the least. I remember going there as a kid and now my boys love going too. I definitely used these memories as inspiration for this party. I started by designing the invitation. Then, I moved on to the ticket booth signage and the rest of the graphic designed elements of the party.
EASTON’S RETRO DRIVE-IN MOVIE PARTY: THE FOOD
Well a drive-in just wouldn’t be a drive-in without a concession stand! Our concession stand was packed full of popcorn, cotton candy, boxed candy, an amazing birthday cake, and the most adorable custom cookies! We also had hot dogs and hamburgers hot off the grill.
Sue of Munchkin Munchies is so incredibly talented and quite possibly the sweetest person on the planet. She provided all of the cookies for the party. I couldn’t believe the gorgeous details in the popcorn, ticket, and hot dog cookies. Also, I can 1000% say these cookies are as delicious as they are adorable… and I’ve tasted a lot of cookies in my day (haha!)! No, but I’m totally serious…Sue is a true artist when it comes to custom cookie designs.
My mom, Easton’s Cece, made the adorable popcorn cupcakes. Aren’t they seriously the cutest! They were chocolate and vanilla cupcakes topped with white buttercream frosting and then mounded with mini marshmallow “popcorn.” She cut all the mini marshmallows to look exactly like kernels of popcorn by slicing a small “peace sign” shape in the top of the mini marshmallow and then a slight horizontal slice about half way through the marshmallow. Then, lastly, we painted the tops of the popcorn with a very small amount of yellow food coloring diluted with water. I could not get over how realistic they looked! Everyone loved them!
Easton’s birthday cake was created by our wonderful friends at Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique. They always do such an incredible job and this cake was no different. For this cake, I drew an extremely rough sketch of what I had in mind and emailed it to them along with the invitation design. They took my chicken-scratch sketch of an idea and brought it to life in the most beautiful (and delicious!) of ways! If you are in the Pittsburgh area, definitely check them out.
The cutest little cotton candy vendor you ever did see! He sold out in minutes!
EASTON’S RETRO DRIVE-IN MOVIE PARTY: THE DRIVE-IN
To enter any drive-in you have to first get your tickets. We created a fun ticket booth for the entrance of our drive-in. This little booth might look familiar to you if you have been following along around here for a while. It has been a part of a few of our past celebrations, like our recent Lemonade Stand for a Cause, or Easton’s Party Animal Zoo 2nd birthday party, or for when it was originally created, as Easton’s Farmers Market Stand for his 1st birthday party. I had so much fun creating all of the signs for this ticket booth. I loved playing around with all of the different types of signs that you would see on a real drive-in ticket booth but then making them unique to our little 3-year-old…like $3 per car, and tuning the radio to Easton’s birthday August 4th (08.4 FM)! haha!
EASTON’S RETRO DRIVE-IN MOVIE PARTY: THE CARS
Beep! Beep! Next up, were of course, the cars! We created all of the cars out of cardboard boxes. This was such a great DIY project but way too long to describe here in this post. I’ve created a separate post to share the full tutorial on making the cars. Check it out at the link below! Also, I’m sharing a free printable of the license plates at the bottom of this post. Be sure to grab it! Click here to see a full tutorial on how to make the cars!
EASTON’S RETRO DRIVE-IN MOVIE PARTY: THE SHOW
As the sun set, we got ready for the show! All our little movie goers packed up some last minute snacks and got settled in their cars. Everyone loved watching Easton’s favorite, The Secret Life of Pets, on the big screen.
EASTON’S RETRO DRIVE-IN MOVIE PARTY: THE FAVORS
That’s a wrap! After the show, all of our theater guests took a snack for the road, either a box of popcorn or a giant lollipop. It was such a fun night! I’m sharing free printables of both of these thank you tags at the bottom of this post. Also, be sure to grab the license plate free printables too!
Happy Birthday Easton!
Your sweetness and joy are endless. I am so blessed to be your mama. We love you so very much!
EASTON’S RETRO DRIVE-IN MOVIE PARTY: FREE PRINTABLES
Below are the thank you tags and license plate free printables. They are all editable PDFs—PDF files that contain editable fields (for the names). Just open the PDF in Adobe Reader, click where it currently says “Love, Easton,” and type the name you would like to include. Then just save and print. If you don’t have Adobe Reader you can download it for free here. To edit the license plate printables you will need Steelfish Regular font. You can download it for free, here. All of the other printable designs from this party are available in my Etsy Shop. You can find them here, here, here and here! haha! Thanks so much for checking them out!
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All party printables are available in my Esty shop here: Just Add Confetti Etsy Shop
Photography by the amazing and talented, Jenni, of Rose Photography
Adorable popcorn, ticket, and hot dog cookies by Sue of Munchkin Munchies
Amazing cake by Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique
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