How to Host a Summer Movie PartyCelebration
You and your favorite girl can host your own movie-viewing party this summer! American Girl's newest contemporary character, Z Yang, comes to life in a new Amazon Original Special, An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life, available on Prime Video. In the film, Z (Zoe Manarel) finds adventure and surprises with new friends Paz (Alison Fernandez) and Drew (Lauren Donzis) at a summer S.T.E.A.M. camp.
Here are a few fun, camp-themed ideas to get your girl and her guests in the movie-watching mood!
Give your guests a taste of what's to come! Start with a folded bag of unpopped microwave popcorn. Cut a piece of camp-inspired scrapbook paper so it’s slightly shorter than the width of the popcorn bag. Wrap the paper around the bag, use tape to hold it in place, and wrap it with twine. Cut camp-themed shapes (like a leaf, a canoe, or a cabin) out of light-colored paper. Write the party details on the shapes and use double-sided tape to adhere them to the front of the bag.
Here’s a sample afternoon itinerary to help you plan:
- 1:00 p.m. – Guests Arrive
- 1:30 p.m. – Crafting & Activities
- 3:30 p.m. – Movie & Munchies
- 5:00 p.m. – Guests Depart
Place a collection of small camp essentials in the center of a square bandanna. You might include:
- -a small flashlight
- -a sunscreen stick
- -a small notebook & pen
- -a friendship ring
- -glow-in-the-dark stars (for bingo; see below)
Gather the four corners of the bandanna and tie closed to make a small satchel of camp-related goodies!
"BUG JUICE" SLUSHIE
For a frozen twist on a camp classic, slurp bug juice slushies! Put 2 cups seltzer water, 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened powdered drink mix (cherry flavor), 1/3 cup sugar, and 3 cups ice cubes in a blender. Blend well. Pour into cups and serve with fun straws.
POPCORN WITH MOVIE THEATER MIX-INS
Shake things up and try a new popcorn recipe! Have a big bowl of plain popcorn and boxes of classic movie theater candies—like gummy candies, tiny mints, and candy-coated chocolates—to mix in. Let each girl choose some mix-ins to put in a gallon-size plastic bag with some popcorn. After she seals her bag, she can shake up her mixture and pour it into her own popcorn box. For more great popcorn recipes, check out AG's Popcorn Buffet on Explore!
No fire? No problem! Here's a fun way to turn a camp tradition inside-out! Use clean scissors to snip marshmallows in half. Place two small pieces of a broken chocolate bar on either side of a small graham cracker piece. Put one marshmallow half on each end to sandwich the s'more together!
LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!
These crafts and activities will help make your watch party a hit.
What better way to watch a movie about camp than sitting on comfy cushions girls make themselves?
- Start with a plastic shopping bag that has side seams (the type you get at a clothing store). Cut the bag along the seams and then lay flat so it’s a long rectangle.
- Starting at one end, cover the rectangle with strips of duct tape using one color. When you’re finished, trim any tape pieces that hang over the edge of the plastic bag.
- Cover the first layer of tape with tape strips in other colors. Use scissors to trim any tape pieces that hang over the edge.
- Fold the rectangle in half and tape both sides. Stuff plastic grocery bags in the open end. Tape closed.
Give each guest a blank bingo card and mini glow-in-the-dark plastic stars to use while you watch the movie together. Before the movie begins, ask your guests to fill out the bingo card with things or people that might be seen in the movie. When a player sees something in the movie that’s listed on the card, she covers up that bingo square with a star. For example, if there’s a square that says “horse,” cover it up when you see a horse in the movie. The first person who covers five squares in a row wins a prize!
Party ideas adapted from American Girl magazine. American Girl Publishing, 2017. All rights reserved.