Photography by Chris Lammert Photography
Have you seen the Barbie movie yet?! When I was contacted by a client to help her throw a party for the Barbie Premier, to say I was excited is an understatement! This client had invited friends to the Ipic movie theater here in Austin for a private viewing party, and I couldn’t wait to transform the theater into a space where the movie could come to life, and where every corner reflects the whimsical universe of Barbie herself. Read on for all the details on how we set it all up to transport guests into a realm where fantasy meets reality.
Pink Carpet Entrance
The first thing we did was roll out the pink carpet. No red carpet here - when it comes to Barbie you have to Think Pink! We lined each side of the pink carpet with pink velvet ropes, which added a luxe and exclusive feel to the entrance of the party.
As soon as guests walked in, they were greeted with trays of heart-shaped sunglasses that we placed on cocktail tables covered in geometric pink patterned linens.
We used small disco ball-inspired vases to hold mini bouquets of pink florals on the tables as well.
Before the movie viewing, guests spent time in the party space with appetizers and cocktails we served in the cutest little whimsical bird cocktail glasses. We added custom drink stirrers to each with “Real World This Way” signs from the movie. Guests also received customized pink cocktail napkins with “Every night is girl’s night” and the party date printed on them. We also made sure to provide each with a Barbie “B” take-home favor, complete with a teeny lipstick charm.
We covered the venues existing pool tables with Barbie pink velvet linens, and added pink fringe and florals to the light fixtures for an extra touch of Barbie Land magic. Little Barbie jeeps filled with florals made the perfect centerpieces!
The bright and bubbly land of Barbie has plenty of dazzling sets to inspire an array of backgrounds for photo opportunities. We started out with a Barbie convertible photo booth, parked on a green grass rug and surrounded by colorful balloon garlands and orange palm tree cutouts. We used a pink terrazzo-style backdrop for this that really made a bold statement.
Next, the Barbie Dreamhouse! This photo booth featured our interpretation of the entrance to Barbie’s home, surrounded by bubblegum pink balloons.
Last but not least, we had to include a Barbie box. In the movie, Barbie’s closet is basically a set of Barbie display boxes with a variety of Barbie outfits inside, and at one point Barbie herself actually steps inside of a life-sized Barbie box. We wanted to allow guests to do the same, so we set one up, complete with alternative outfit hanging in the background!
Before the movie started, we ushered guests over to a customized concession stand we created using a yellow display case. We stuck a “Mattel” logo on the front and embellished it on either side with giant pink Barbie lipsticks.
On the top shelf of the concession stand, we added more florals and a gorgeous custom "Come on, Barbie” menu sign.
All of our snacks were in custom Barbie-themed packaging, which really made it feel like guests had been transported to Barbie Land where everything is pink!
We also encouraged each guest to grab an iridescent favor bag with Barbie’s profile on it to hold their custom snacks.
This movie theater is one that serves food inside the theater while you watch the movie. We wanted to make even the food ordering experience on-theme, so we created custom Barbie food menus as well. At MINT, we are all about the details that make a party like this extra magical!
This was such a fun experience to create, and I was thrilled to get the chance to really make this event a true celebration of friendship, feminism, and the fun of being a Barbie Girl in a Barbie World!
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As an event design and styling expert with a passion for creating immersive experiences, I have had the privilege of curating and executing a wide range of themed events that transport guests into fantastical realms. From conceptualization to execution, I have dedicated myself to crafting intricately detailed, visually stunning environments that capture the essence of the themes they represent.
In the context of the article about the Barbie movie-themed party designed by MINT Event Design, several concepts are central to the event's success. Let's delve into them:
Themed Decor and Atmosphere: The event design was focused on transforming the theater into a whimsical space that resonated with the universe of Barbie. This involved the use of pink carpet, pink velvet ropes, geometric pink patterned linens, and disco ball-inspired vases with pink florals. The integration of Barbie jeeps as centerpieces and the addition of pink fringe and florals to the light fixtures further contributed to the creation of a Barbie Land atmosphere.
Cocktail Hour: The cocktail hour was an integral part of the event, featuring custom drink stirrers, pink cocktail napkins, and Barbie "B" take-home favors. The use of customized pink cocktail napkins with thematic quotes and the incorporation of bird cocktail glasses added a whimsical touch to the overall experience.
Photo Opportunities: The event included various photo ops, such as a Barbie convertible photo booth, a Barbie Dreamhouse-themed photo booth, and a life-sized Barbie box for guests to step into. These photo opportunities were designed to provide guests with immersive experiences inspired by the Barbie universe.
Concessions and Custom Menu: The concession stand was customized with Barbie-themed packaging, and a "Mattel" logo was added to the front, complemented by giant pink Barbie lipsticks. Additionally, custom Barbie food menus were created to enhance the on-theme food ordering experience.
Vendor Collaboration: The success of the event was made possible through collaboration with various vendors, including event rentals, fabrication, custom candy and branding, florals, acrylic stirrers, candy menu, and stickers. This collaborative effort contributed to the seamless execution of the Barbie Premier party.
In summary, the Barbie movie-themed party designed by MINT Event Design showcased a meticulous attention to detail and a deep understanding of the Barbie brand's aesthetic. The integration of thematic decor, custom cocktails, immersive photo opportunities, and themed concessions, as well as the collaborative efforts of multiple vendors, culminated in a celebration that truly brought the fantasy world of Barbie to life.