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Creative Curious George Inspired “Drive-In Movie” Party

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Pull on up to this amazingly creative Curious George Inspired Drive-In Movie for Luke’s 5th birthday! Lydia of The Party Wagon wasn’t monkeying around when crafting these fabulous party details! I am especially in love with these cardboard cars with paper plate wheels & black crepe paper “tread,” duct tape racing stripes, paper cup headlights, adorable custom license plates & of course the striped snack tray!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Ripped fabric garland with hand drawn, glittered bananas & festive fringe
  • Super cute paper cones with Chex Mix, Curious George faces & ribbon tails in a car box!
  • Adorable polka dot & striped cake with Curious George & balloon cake fondants
  • Curious George book party favors and a labeled box of cupcake mix!
  • Frosted cookies of Curious George, balloons, stars and the birthday boy’s name

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Lydia

This party was planned for a Birthday Boy who was turning 5!  His mom wanted to have an outdoor movie, and Luke asked for a Curious George theme.  We combined the wishes to create Curious George at the Drive-In Movie!

I made 12 little cars for the guests to sit in during the movie.  The boxes were painted red and had wheels made of yellow paper plates with black crepe paper “tread”.  I added a yellow “Duck Tape” racing stripe on each side, headlights made of paper candy cups with a white tulle pom inside, yellow taillights, and DARLING customized license plates for each guest.

I thought it would be complete with official car hop trays and so those were added to each car for the children to enjoy their snack in style and with ease!  Each car hop tray had a piece of red and white striped paper for extra color.  These were fun and a really big hit!  What child doesn’t love to play in a box (and they were great party favors!)?   The party took place during Hurricane Issac and so we had to put down tarps on the wet grass- amazingly, we had just enough time to have the party before torrential rain poured!

Food & Dessert

Luke’s mom requested an amazing cake and so we decided on 2 tiers of dots and stripes with Curious George in a car on top!  The inside of the cake was a yellow cake with chocolate chips.

BEAUTIFUL custom cookies were a huge hit with the party guests!  Using the party colors of red, yellow, brown, and blue, the cookies incorporated Luke’s name, his new birthday number, Curious George, bananas, and stars.  I loved the harlequin pattern and the stripes!  The Curious George face cookies were the kids’ favorite!

To temper the sweetness, we had Chex Mix served in the CUTEST cones especially made for Luke’s party!  The cones were on a stick and had George’s face and a long, curly monkey tail.  I displayed them in a “car” so that it looked like a car-full of monkeys ready for the movie!

In another “car”, I displayed red suckers with the number 5.  To keep the yellow jackets away, I kept them loosely covered in their wrappers.

Dessert Table

Birthday Boy Luke also loves Super Why (that theme was a close second to George), and so I incorporated his love of spelling (Luke loves to spell everything!) by spelling out L-U-K-E behind the dessert table.  Using cork board on easels, yellow paper and red fans, it was easy to add Luke’s name to the party fun.  There was no doubt whose special day this was!  On the front of the dessert table, I hung a ripped fabric garland in yellow and white and then added ADORABLE, hand-glittered, hand-drawn banana bags with festive fringe.  The bags were the perfect way to tie together all of the party colors and to add a little shine!  I also LOVED the “Now Showing” poster made especially for Luke’s party!


The activities were kept very simple…the children had a ball playing on the playscape, eating cake, pulling the strings on a pinata, and watching a Curious George movie in their shiny red cars!


A favor table was set up and was loaded with treats for the children.  Each guest had the adorable banana bags with fringe to put their favors in to take home.  Chocolate Lollipops with polka-dots were covered with Curious George lollipop wrappers.  We spelled out Luke’s name again with wooden blocks that can be used in his room for decoration- and as a nice reminder of such a fun and special day!  Banana crayons and bottle cap necklaces fit perfectly in the little favor bags.  Each guest also had a box of cupcake mix with a customized label so that they could keep the party going at home while they also read their new Curious George book given to them by Luke.

Gift Donations

Luke decided on asking his friends to donate dog biscuits instead of bringing gifts.  When he made his donation to the local animal shelter, he had the special treat of being able to give each pup in the shelter a dog biscuit.  Luke also made the front page of the local newspaper for his sweet and thoughtful gesture.  Luke and his friends donated 26 bags of treats to the shelter- Hundley would be proud!!

It was a great day for monkeying around with Luke and his friends and family!

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  1. Jo December 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    How did you attach the trays ??/ TOOOOO CUTE!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lydia- The Party Wagon January 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Hi Jo! Thank you so much! The trays are “car hop” trays and so they came with hooks on the side to attach to car windows. The boxes are thinner and so I cut foam to fit between the hooks and the box so that they would stay in place. I hope that helps! Thanks, again~

  2. maureen anders January 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

    This is so precious! I love CG and all of her ideas are precious.

  3. Melissa Cadena Morrelli January 8, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    So CUTE! Thanks for sharing your creative idea. My son loves Curious George and there is not much in the way of Curious George party decorations.

    • Lydia- The Party Wagon January 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you, Melissa! I hope you found a few ideas for your son! Curious George is a lot of fun!

  4. carolyn January 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I just love this. Our daughters birthday in Feb and we were so inspired by your party we decided to do an indoor drive-in! I’ve searched and searched for the car hop trays – would you mind sharing where you found them?

  5. Mikki Smith February 20, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Can you please tell you where you got the boxes from for the cars? Or the size of the boxes? Your cars are prefect

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    It doesn’t look that dark…so what time of day was it. We want to do a movie party for our twins but sunset isn’t set until 8:30 pm

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  11. Lugene Zych June 21, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Same question here….where did you get your boxes??? We’re trying to do this for our summer camp at preschool????

  12. Meghann Wells May 23, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    What did you use to attach the trays to the cars? We are doing a drive in movie theme for my son in July and I am trying to find ways to attach a tray to the cars as well.

  13. Tim Miller June 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    If you are looking for the car hop trays, you can get them from http://www.traymakers.com. Awesome idea for a party!

  14. Janet Orlando June 12, 2016 at 2:43 am

    same question here

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