Host Your Own “Inside Out” Movie Night!

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Have you had the chance to see Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” yet? I just saw it for the first time (I know, I am a bit behind, whoops!), and I really loved it (check out a review of the blu ray here!) – it’s such a creative theme/story for a movie, to get a glimpse into what someone is actually thinking/feeling, and in a way that’s fun and easy for those of all ages to understand. The movie follows an 11 year old girl through some tough times – and shows her emotions Fear, Anger, Disgust, Sadness, and Joy hard at work – and I have to admit, I have never seen anything quite like this movie. Little ones will love the visual aspect of it, and older kids will relate to the feelings and the struggles that Riley, our main character, is facing. Inside Out is the PERFECT movie to show at your next DIY Movie Night – and here are some ideas to make the night even more fun:

Décor: This is actually a pretty easy movie to decorate for – as each emotion is represented by it’s own color – Joy is yellow, Sadness is blue, Anger is red, Disgust is green, and Fear is purple – so you can easily head over to your local party store for an assortment of plates, cups, cutlery, tablecloths and streamers in those colors. Since the movie is relatively new, you can easily purchase stuffed animals, figurines and other toys/trinkets themed after the emotions from places like Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, and the Disney Store

Food: Every good movie night has to have some awesome snacks – so how about serving a “pop of Joy” – little cups of buttered popcorn, “Donut be Sad” blue frosted donuts, “Anger me not” red velvet cupcakes with orange frosting, “Not so disgusting” Green smoothies. Or “Fear’s Panko-Protected Green Beans” – which are breaded and baked green beans? Rainbow colored gumballs/other round candies serve as perfect “memories”, and really anything rainbow colored is bound to go over well with the little ones! Check out more themed food ideas here

Activities: This is a great chance to talk about feelings with your kids – explaining what each emotion is, and what it looks like, and then asking them to give you examples of each is a great activity that the whole family can take part in. If you’re looking for more of a hands on activity, check out this DIY memory ball activity, or this collection of assorted free printables – including number and word activities, too! This Inside out memory game is a great activity for younger kids, while older kids can benefit from some of these tips and tricks for teaching kids about emotions. Who says movie night can’t be educational, too?

If you need more party ideas, check out these great ideas (and these,too!)

I loved this movie – it made me laugh, it made me cry, it brought me joy…well, you get the idea. It really is the perfect movie to show at your next Disney DIY Movie night as it’s perfect fun for the whole family!


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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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