Ratatouille is an adorable movie about a little rat named Remy who loves to cook. Remy gets a big break when he secretly helps a cook named Linguini become the best chef at one of Paris’s best restaurants. If your child loves to cook and wants to be a little chef, this is a wonderful movie to build a party theme around.
For your party invitation, purchase inexpensive white chef hats and slip recipe cards inside that have all of the party details on them. Request that the kids wear their little chef’s hats to the party.
Alternatively, write the party details all over inexpensive wooden spoons, and request that the kids bring them to the party.
Ratatouille takes place in Paris, “the city of lights.” Decorate accordingly.
Draw the Eiffel Tower on a large cardboard box and place it in the party area.
Purchase movie posters to hang in your party area.
String twinkle lights around the front entrance to the party house and the party room, and hang them from the ceiling.
Purchase solid partyware in your child’s favorite colors, as well as balloons, streamers, and tableware. If you’re looking for thematic partyware, Amazon has official Ratatouille supplies.
Additionally, on the party table, scatter kitchen utensils as confetti. Create a table centerpiece using a large soup tureen filled with kitchen utensils.
For your party activities:
When the kids arrive in their chef’s hats, give them fabric markers to decorate and personalize them with. This is an excellent activity to do while you wait for everyone to arrive, and the children can wear their hats throughout the party.
Have a face painter on hand to paint whiskers and pink noses onto the children.
The majority of this party’s action will take place in the kitchen. Here are some fun foodie activities:
- Have a cheese tasting. Provide several different types of cheeses and crackers for the kids to discover and enjoy.
- Have a sparkling drinks taste test. Serve up small cups of different sparkling ciders (apple, grape, peach, etc.), and see which flavor the guests like best.
- Play Guess the Kitchen Utensil. Place a blindfold on each child, hand them a kitchen utensil, and have them guess what it us. You can have the other guests provide clues to help.
- Remy helps Linguini cook by guiding Linguini’s hands from underneath his chef’s cap. Pair up the kids in teams of two, and blindfold one of them. The blindfolded child must cook and the other must lead. Provide a simple recipe, like one for cupcakes, and have the kids work together to make the recipe. The seeing member of the team must give the blindfolded person the ingredients and utensils, and the other must cook it up!
- Send the kids on a cake hunt. Bake a simple cake and hide it in the party house. The first kid who finds it wins!
The rats are always scavenging for food. Create a scavenger hunt for the kids in your kitchen or around the party area. Have them hunt for cans of food, granola bars, candies, fruit, etc. Each child must find each item to complete the hunt. Instead of having the kids gobble up the goodies, place them into a box and donate them to a food bank.
A fun, larger prize, or even a gift for the birthday child, might be a kid’s cookbook, like this one.
For your party menu:
Serve Ratatouille cupcakes. Bake a batch of cupcakes and cover them with yellow frosting so that they look like wedges of cheese. Serve them up with your kid’s favorite ice cream. Make the scoops Remy-like with licorice strings for whiskers and small candies for eyes and noses.
Send the kids home with their chef’s hats as well as white aprons with their names written on them.
Make sure to take pictures during the party to send with the little chef’s thank you notes.