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How to Throw a 'Despicable Me' Party

By July 20, 2010

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I took my daughters to see Despicable Me today--three thumbs up from us.

There's no doubt that many kids will start asking for Despicable Me birthday parties, and I don't blame them. You could have a lot of fun with this one.

Start by reading my spy party ideas. Even though the main character, Gru, isn't a spy, some of the activities and decorations overlap.

Here are some other ideas that come to mind:

  • I predict that Gru's minions, the little yellow creatures that help him carry out his evil deeds, will be the big hit that comes out of this movie. How about serving minion cake pops? Frost them yellow, then place chocolate Cheerios (for goggles) and a few sprouts of black licorice laces (for hair) on each one. Note: some minions have one eye and others have two. Mix it up a bit.
  • If you're looking for something healthier to serve, cut several bananas in half, leaving the peels on, and pack them together upright and tightly on a tray or bowl to resemble a crowd of minions.
  • For favors, sew each child a grey and black-striped scarf, like the one Gru wears. If you can find a grey and white-striped jersey knit fabric, you won't even have to sew. Just cut the fabric into the lengths you need, since jersey knits don't fray.
  • One great thing about Despicable Me is that it has elements that appeal to traditional girl interests and elements that appeal to traditional boy interests. The sisters in the film dance ballet, so you could give tutus as favors. The villians have a rivalry over their guns (including one that shoots squid), so you could give water guns as favors.
  • Gru's main goal in the film is to steal the moon. Your birthday cake could be shaped like the moon, either using a sphere-shaped cake pan (compare prices) or a flat round one.
  • For games, you could play pin the goggles on the minions, pin the pointy nose on Gru or divide the kids into two groups--Team Gru and Team Vector--and let them compete in a relay race or obstacle course.
  • To decorate, float yellow, latex, helium-filled balloons around your house. Using a permanent-ink marker, draw black goggles and blue overalls on each one, again resembling the minions.

Has anyone else seen the movie? What ideas do you have for a Despicable Me birthday party?

July 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm
(1) ItsSoFluffy says:

I found these cute Despicable Me party invitations the other day on eBay that I was able to customize for my daughter’s party. These are good additions to a Despicable Me themed party!! The ebay store was called “funinvites” but what I did was just type in “Despicable Me invitations” and it came up. Here’s the link to the item (hope it still works!)


August 15, 2010 at 11:54 am
(2) Sugahmommy says:

Thanks for the article. I recently made a Despicable Me Birthday Cake, complete with minions. Please check it out at:


I have step by step instructions for making minions here;

August 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm
(3) kasia says:

OMG…Sugahmommy…those are fantastic minions and Despicable Me cake that you made! What lucky children you have. I’m not much of a presence in the kitchen…but I am passing this along to grandma to try. Thanks!!!

March 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm
(4) Chris Jackson says:

Throwing a Despicable Me party this weekend and we’re hosting an “Annoying Noises” contest and playing Freeze Ray tag. I’m setting up an arcade-style game and guests will try to knock over the spaceship with their ping-pong ball shooter. For my son’s school cupcakes, I used some ideas from Twinkie minions posted on the web to make Vienna Finger Minions that stuck up out of the cupcakes: yellow frosting, smartie candy eyes (some with one; some with 2), black gel outline for goggles, mouths, eye balls and hair, blue icing for overalls.

March 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm
(5) kidsparties says:

Awesome ideas, Chris! Thanks so much for sharing. When the party is over, be sure to upload some photos to our readers’ submissions page:

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