How to Decorate in a Movie Theme

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How to Decorate in a Movie Theme
Movie-themed parties can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. (Goodshoot RF/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Throwing a movie-themed party can be exciting. The food, games and decorations can all reflect the genre, location or other specifics from your favourite movie, actor or event. Because your television will be the main focus, you don't have to spend too much time or money decorating, but a few touches will change dull into dazzling.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Movie
  • Tableware
  • Balloons
  • Miscellaneous decorations

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    Choose a theme based on the movie. Once you have chosen the theme, decorating choices become much easier. If this is a children's party, choose characters from the movie.

    Some movies lend themselves to a location theme, such as "Braveheart," set in Scotland; "Ocean's Eleven," set in Las Vegas; or "Casablanca," set in Morocco. Decorate with the country's flag or colours, or icons that represent that location, such as a roulette table and cards for Las Vegas. Beach balls and palm trees make appropriate backdrops for movies set in the tropics.

    You may want to decorate based on a movie's genre. Alfred Hitchcock's movies lend themselves well to mystery-themed decorations, such as an outline of a body on the floor and low lighting or candles. Cobwebs and bats create a creepy effect for a horror-themed party while tropical decorations work well for a "Lost"-themed party.

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    Set the table. Disney often creates party supplies featuring movie characters. You can often find character-themed plates, cups, napkins, tablecloths and more.

    For adult movies, choose cups, plates and serving dishes that match the theme. Coconut shells are appropriate cups for an island movie, such as "Castaway" or "South Pacific," and baby bottles make whimsical beverage containers for movies such as "Junior" and "Rosemary's Baby." Add a centrepiece that complements the main idea. If your theme is generic, such as an "Academy Awards" theme, stick with metallic silver and gold tableware that represents the glittering lights and jewels of Hollywood.

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    Decorate the house. Balloons can complement most movie-themed parties. Choose the colours of the movie's location or overall mood. Light, bright colours work well for children's movies, while dark colours, like black, grey and orange compliment eerie or mysterious movies. Create an air of drama with simple black and white or silver balloons.

    Decorate tables, walls, doors and ceilings with crepe paper streamers, banners, posters, flags, flowers or greenery. Place gold foil stars with celebrity names on the doors of the main entry, rest rooms and kitchen, and place a red carpet just outside the front door.

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    Decorate yourself. As the host, you are the first decoration most of your guests will see. Play the part by dressing like the main character, or direct the evening by donning a black beret, sunglasses and speaking to everyone through a megaphone. Yell out guests' names and snap pictures of them as they enter to replicate the sights and sounds of the paparazzi.

Tips and warnings

  • Asking guests to bring props that complement the theme can be a simple way to get everyone involved.

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