Disney DIY – Host a fun Finding Nemo themed Movie Night!

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If you’re looking for the perfect Disney flick for family movie night, might I suggest you turn on Pixar’s Finding Nemo? It’s funny, heartwarming, and great for those of all ages! If you’re looking to make your movie night special, then check out some of my ideas for creating the perfect Finding Nemo Themed Movie Night:

The Food: Everyone knows the most important part of any get together is the food – and movie night is no exception! Easy things to serve include a fish bowl full of goldfish crackers, Swedish fish gummies, or sandwiches shaped like fish/starfish (with the help of cookie cutters!). Cupcakes are always a good choice too –


Use your favorite flavor cupcake/frosting recipe, and then decorate with the help of some gummies – and the result is some pretty darn cute Squirt Happy Turtlecakes! Or if you’re feeling crafty and want to work on your fondant skills – then you can make these Nemo cupcakes – which are sure to wow your movie night guests!

Ocean water

For drinks, you can easily serve up some “Ocean Water” – mason jars of sprite/7-up with some blue food coloring, ice, and a Swedish fish “floating” at the top – add a cute straw and you’re done!


Activities: While the move is the main attraction here, you might want to plan some fun pre-movie activities for your guests. Like maybe testing their origami skills with this fun Nemo papercraft


Setup a fun Bobbing For Nemo station (outside would probably be the best place for this one!)

You’ll need:

Clean, new sponges in orange, blue and pink



Templates (print them here)

Tub of water

Aquarium Net (for “fishing”)

How To Play

Print and cut out the templates.

Use templates to trace shapes onto clean, new sponges. This works best when sponges are still damp from their packaging. Note: Tracing is a good task for preschoolers working on their hand-eye coordination.

For Party Time: Drop sponges into a tub of water. Have kids take turns using aquarium nets to fish out their favorite sponges. Aquarium nets come in a variety of sizes; have kids try catching all of the sponges in a big net, or have them try to grab one sponge in a small net. After the party, guests can take sponges home as favors.

Other Uses For The Sponges:

Sponge Painting: Use sponges to re-create Finding Nemo art. Have kids dip sponges in paint and then press them onto blue construction paper, creating their own under-the-sea scene.

Bath Time: Have fun in the tub with your Nemo friends. Give kids clean, new aquarium nets and let them try to catch the floating sponges.

Décor: Check out these free Finding Nemo Printables, or order some party decorations here

I will be hosting my own Finding Nemo movie night in honor of the sequel Finding Dory that will be coming to theaters next June – check out more info on that here, and stay tuned for more movie news and Disney DIY right here on Chip and Co!


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Catie Hiltz is an avid Walt Disney World lover who has been vacationing there since she was tall enough to ride Space Mountain. She believes there is something for everyone at WDW-and especially writing about the benefits of vacationing there as an adult
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