Of course we had to have some fun decor -- so I bought a couple posterboards at the dollar store and cut out some minions for the walls. I found a bright yellow disposable plastic tablecloth at Walmart for a little over a buck, which I ended up cutting to fit not only my kitchen table but also two smaller picnic tables we brought in. Also found at the dollar store: bright blue paper plates, bright blue and yellow crepe paper streamers
Since the moon is a central focus of the movie I got a picture of the moon and had it printed to 36x36" at a local copy store (for around $4) and hung it on the wall.
Villian Logo Banner - First up was a banner for above our party table. I used Photoshop to make these icons representing Gru's logo and Vector's logo (as seen below). Print them out, cut out circles and adhere to string for an instant banner
Table Runner - I first laid down a plain white table cloth. I snagged this black and grey striped fabric from a local store and used it as a table runner. Throughout the movie Gru wears a scarf exactly like this (as seen below) and it added a nice depth to the table...we are celebrating villians here!
Carnival UFO Game. Mount on foam core and cut out. If you want to make it a larger target to hit, simply cut off the bottom stick before mounting to foam core and cut the foam core an inch or two around the spaceship. I turned a party cup upside down and cut a slit in the bottom. Then slid the space ship cut-out in and let the kids have at it...and the parents! Nerf guns served as the perfect carnival blasters. Children each got 4 rounds (that's how many ball;s are in the chamber of our nerf gun) to try and knock down the space ship.
print to 24" by 36" for around $3 in black and white. Color printing is very expensive, so the girls and I had a great time coloring the overalls blue and the bodies yellow before the party. Crayons = free.
Minion Bowling 6, 2 Liter bottles, washed them out and glued the lid onto them. Then spray the top with yellow Krylon Fusion spray paint, I bought mine at Wal*Mart (it sticks to plastic with no prep). Then spray the bottom blue. Print two sheets to get the 6 pairs needed.
Candy in a dog bowl - When Gru first adopts the girls he leads them into the kitchen where he has a red dog bowl filled with candy for their food source. Can get red bowl from Dollar Tree Coconutties can be macaroons from store.
pre-baked cupcakes, cooled - one Twinkie for each two cupcakes you'll be making - one can regular vanilla frosting - piping bag and round piping tip - 10-15 packages of Smarties candy (white seperated and set aside) - black food coloring paste - one container dark brown Jimmies Cut each Twinkie into two equal pieces. - Use white frosting to put a thin layer of frosting onto each cupcake. - Split remaining frosting into 2 separate bowls. - Tinted one batch black and another light grey. - Pipe a black line 1 inch from the rounded top of the Twinkie. This becomes the goggle straps. - Stick on the two white Smarties while the black frosting line is still wet. - Use the same black frosting to make pupils on two white Smarties. - Add the mouth with the same black frosting. - Use the lighter grey icing to pipe a thin line around the goggle edges - Stick a few dark brown jimmies in the top for the hair. The cupcake frosting is so rough because I planned on putting a circle of fondant on top that the Twinkie Minions would appear to be bursting forth from...until I realized how stressed I was...then I skipped it. No guilt! just one hour before party time and the Twinkies (which are known to be literally unable to spoil) get really dried out and gross when exposed to the air for even a short time.