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Planning a kids' birthday party is certainly an adventure, so why not make the most of it with a birthday celebration inspired by the Disney-Pixar film, UP? All you need is a colorful cake, dazzling decorations, and some easy-to-plan adventurous activities for your guests.

The Cake

UP Cakes: UP's most iconic image, Carl Frederickson's house being held aloft by hundreds of balloons, is easier to recreate than you think. The balloons are merely brightly frosted cupcakes, attached by ribbons to a paper replica of Carl's house.
Make UP Cakes


UP Party Invitations

If your child is handing out invitations at school, a fun way to deliver the information is via egg, like the colorful eggs guarded by Kevin, the brightly feathered and highly elusive bird of UP's mysterious land. Get a bunch of plastic Easter eggs (orientaltrading.com sells them affordably and year-round) and tuck a note with the party details inside. Try a message like, "Adventure is… right here," then add all your party details.


UP Party Decorations

This is easier than you think, and you have a few options. Helium balloons in a variety of colors can adorn your yard or living room, and, as a table centerpiece, why not try a vase of brightly colored feathers, much like the plumage of Kevin, the exotic and elusive bird? Build 3D paper Carl and Russell characters as honorary party guests.
Make Russell 3D Paper Character
Make Carl 3D Paper Character


UP Party Craft

Wilderness Explorer Sashes: Before the party, cut strips of yellow construction paper or felt long enough to fit across your partygoers' chests. Also cut out badge-sized circles of white paper. Provide markers, stickers, glitter, and even magazines to cut up (for older kids), and let each guest create his or her own Wilderness Explorer sash, like Russell's. If kids are having trouble thinking of badge ideas, suggest a few birthday party-related ones, like Cake Eating, Gift Giving, Game Playing, and so on. If you like, award a prize to the most creative badge.


More UP Party Activities

Squirrel!: UP's excitable dogs loved a good squirrel sighting. Your young guests will have fun passing a stuffed squirrel toy while music from the motion picture plays. Every few seconds, call out "Squirrel!" and the guest holding the toy will be out. Make frequent stops so players don't have to sit out for too long.

Pin the Balloon on the House: On a large piece of cardboard, draw a simple house, and above it, draw and color in a few dozen balloons, leaving a gap in the bunch of balloons for a missing one. Blindfold players in turn and have them try to pin a balloon into the empty space, with a prize award to whomever comes closest.

Wilderness Explorer Scavenger Hunt: To play, collect a number of UP-related items: a grape soda bottle cap, a tennis ball like the ones on the feet of Carl's walker, a dog collar, uninflated balloons (only if kids are old enough, of course). Hide the items around the house or yard and then, working backwards, write clues to where the items are hidden. Depending on the number of guests you're inviting, you may want to hide two identical sets of items around the party space and let two teams race to find all the items.


UP Party Favors

UP Adventure Book: Send all your guests home with their very own adventure book, just like the one Carl and Ellie share in the movie.
Make UP Adventure Book

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