Roll out the red carpet and create your own Hollywood using these red carpet theme party ideas! You’ll throw a VIP party that no one will ever forget!
While the Circus’ birthday is in May, she started talking party themes in January.
And promptly after her birthday party this year, she started talking themes for next year’s party.
I told her she had to nail down a theme no later than one month before her party. She was all over the place with themes, y’all – Power Rangers, dolphins, cats, dance party, dadadadadada.
A few days before the deadline, she said she wanted a “country music awards party.” Yes, you know my heart swelled in that moment, folks.
The more we talked, the more it became obvious that she wanted lots of different types of music played at her party though – not just country and she also wanted people to dress up if they wished. So, we morphed her birthday party into a red carpet party that encompassed her country music awards party and a little touch of Hollywood…
Red Carpet Party Ideas
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VIP Party Invitations
For her invitations, I wanted to combine the music and red carpet themes together.
I made her invitations myself using Picmonkey. On the back, we taped on another piece of paper that had a URL for people to go to to RSVP and add some songs to the party playlist. I know – we’re super extra. And unapologetically so.
Upon entering the party, every kiddo got their very own All Access VIP pass. The kids loved them and thought they were so cool. Again, I made these myself using Picmonkey. I bought this pack of lanyards to put each pass in. Get the VIP pass printable file here! These also made a great party favor for the kids.
Hollywood Party Swag Station
Black Tablecloths / Gold Fringe Backdrop / 7 Balloon / Red Carpet Runner
After receiving their VIP pass, the kids went downstairs to the VIP lounge (a.k.a. the cleaned out den). On the way in, they could stop by the swag station and adorn themselves with gear if they so wished.
To create the backdrop for the swag station, I hung up a couple of black plastic tablecloths from the ceiling and then layered on a gold fringe backdrop. On top of that, a simple “7” balloon.
I put a table in front of the tablecloths, then covered that with another black tablecloth and pulled some of the gold fringe over the table. I used shiny things from around the house to hold all the swag.
My ice bucket collection came in pretty handy – two of those held the play microphones I made for the kids. Tutorial for the DIY kids microphone is here! I used a small acrylic vase to hold play pearl necklaces.
Even the marble cheese board got in on the action! It held top hats and bow ties. All the swag doubled as party favors for the kids as well.
The red carpet runner in front of the swag table led on into the VIP lounge….
Red Carpet Party Backdrop
I took one wall in the den and created a backdrop to pose against when walking the red carpet.
Tutorial for making the backdrop is here! My bestie, Jason came through with all the albums. He already had some that were painted gold, so I didn’t have to paint any! Always have a friend who is extra like you, folks. They are often the only other one who gets you. 😉
I just couldn’t bring myself to do a red carpet party without stanchions. These are really expensive to buy and I did find a place where I could rent them locally, but for less than the amount to rent them, I was able to make my own that we can keep for future parties or for the Circus to play with anytime. I’ll have the tutorial up for these soon!
The Lounge Area
The Circus wanted dancing at her party. In order to create a dance space, I moved a few things out of the den and rearranged the sofa to provide a big open space for dancing between the lounge area and the backdrop. I strategically placed the sofa in front of the fireplace so no drunk on Capri Sun kiddos would fall into it. 😉
For decorating here, I hung plastic red tablecloths over the bookshelves, then hung more gold records on top of them and threw in some albums to add to the decor.
There were also trophies for the kids to take home as favors, since this was a red carpet music awards party. 😉
And of course, cupcakes.
The Circus requested cupcakes instead of a cake, so that was easy for me – Hello, Publix! I made simple cupcake stands by gluing old records to candlestick holders spray painted gold.
For toppers, I cut some stars out of gold card stock using my Silhouette and then hot glued two together per toothpick. Easy peasy.
A good time was had by all.
And don’t think for a second those stanchions and red carpet didn’t get toppled over and pulled up by the crazed dance party a time or two.
That’s a wrap for our red carpet birthday party. We definitely do birthday parties big around here, I won’t deny that, but they’re only little once right? Before long, she’s just going to want me to drop her at the movies with her friends for her birthday. 😳
Looking for more party ideas?
DIY Party Background for $5 – use this video tutorial to make a super simple party background in whatever colors fit your party’s theme!
Simple DIY Party Decorations on a Budget – lots of ideas for party decor that can be customizable to all sorts of different party themes.
Picmonkey Invitation Tutorial – learn how to make your own party invitations using the online photo editor and creator, Picmonkey.
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Candy Thomas says
WOW!! That’s all… just WOW!! I would never show this to my 26 and 23 year olds because the guilt they eoyld mske me feel would ne terrible!😉
Thanks, Candy! I’m sure they wouldn’t do that!
Great party and ideas! You are so clever! Always enjoy your posts!
Thanks so much, Tracey!
Lynn O'Brien says
Adorable! Love alll of your decorations and the album cupcake stands – BRILLANT!
Thanks, Lynn! Those were so easy to make! I’m going to hold onto them for future use – they’re too fun not too!
What a Rockin’ Mom!–MWB
Thanks, Karen! I do my best!
You do the best parties! Your attention to detail is amazing. I love that Landry wanted the Country Music Awards as her theme. You’ve set the bar high for next year!
I’ve got that “Scarecrow” album also on vinyl. It’s a great album.
Thanks, Shirley! I know – I have no idea what we’ll do next year! hahahaa! It is a great album isn’t it? I love my vinyl!
Susan the Farm Quilter says
What a great party!!! Just had to share on Facebook so my daughter and her SIL could make use of your fabulous ideas! I’ll never forget the Indian party my mom threw for me and my brother (birthdays were 5 days apart). She made a teepee big enough for adults to put in the backyard, the boys got bows, arrows and headbands and she made cradle boards for all the girls. My brother and I both had the proper costumes made for us as well! I think I used my costume for Halloween that year as well!!
Thanks, Susan! I think you’ve told me about your Indian party before and I’m just as wowed by it then as I am now – your mom killed it with that one!
So about next year…..how ’bout a tea party. Invite Kate & Megan and of course they’ll bring along Prince George and Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and Prince Archie. Be sure to include Dolly and Blake & Gwen 🙂 It would be nice to have The Donald and Melania with Baron too ~There’s plenty of time to round out the guest list as she sees fit! Still not topping the 7th though!! That was just off the chart! Kudos to YOU, Mom!
hahahahahaha!!!! Oh my – we wish, Pam!!
Tammy (Pa) says
WOW that’s one great party theme…!!! Great job…!!!
OMG……all of this is so cute/cool/creative! .how WILL you ever top this for next year? and look forward to seeing what happens next year. I can only imagine how her Sweet 16 party will be…………You Rock!!! What a memory and hope there were lots of pictures!!
Thanks, Julie! I know – I have no idea how I’m going to top next year! haha!
Stephanie S. says
Girlfriend another great year and I do believe the best yet. Wonderful props. You go girl.
Thanks so much, Stephanie!
Brilliant Jenna, so many amazing details! Love those record cupcake stands, fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!
Uncle Lynn says
And, remember she is already thinking about next year
Stanchions tutorial? Or at least a list of materials used please!!