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Prepare to get carried UP, UP, and away with the many charming details in this UP Inspired Birthday Party & photo shoot! Majell of Majell del Castillo Events did such a great job bringing the sweetness of the movie to life through everything from the vintage outfits to the colorful treats. P.S. Find more Up party inspiration here (kids birthday) and here (themed wedding proposal).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Airline tickets to Paradise Falls as clever invitations
  • White paper mailboxes for place cards
  • Carl and Ellie house with giant “balloon bunch” made from macarons
  • Globe cake pops, cherry pies & cupcakes topped with balloon bunches
  • Grape soda badge as an added bonus to the adorable, kid-size Carl outfit!

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Majell

Our inspiration was an “UP” movie influenced children’s birthday party.  We were mostly inspired by vintage details from the first 15 minutes of the movie.  The props that were used, most of them were DIY projects, were on the vintage side.  From globes to grape soda “Ellie badge”, this shoot was filled with cute details!!

The invitations mimicked Carl and Ellie’s airline tickets to Paradise Falls from the movie.  The tablescape was quite simple.  Each child had a personalized white mailbox decorated with handprints, which contained a map to Paradise Falls and a chocolate candy bar just in case they see Kevin, the Snipe.

The dessert table was just as colorful as the movie.  There were red velvet and strawberry cake pops decorated like globes, homemade cherry pie in-a-jar, candy sticks, chocolate “Snipe” cookies, Crush soda, rainbow and strawberry shortcake push pops, confetti cake, and French macarons replicating balloons floating above a miniature house similar to Carl and Ellie’s house.

It was a dream shoot for all involved.  A special thanks to our own little kiddos… Justin, Taylor, Carter, Ava, and Anika for being the cutest models ever.

Vendor Credit
  • Event Designer: Majell del Castillo Events
  • Photographer: Stephannie Gabaldon of Stephy G. Photography
  • Graphic Designer: Trish Barrameda of inTrishting Creations 
  • Cake pops and cupcakes: Honeyleen Gonzales of Sweets By Honey
  • Macarons: Merely Sweets 
  • Props and milk glass cake platters: Private collection
  • Table cloth, plates, “UP” house: Target and Michael’s
  • Beverages: BevMo
  • Cake: Vons