If you and your family have not yet seen Disney Pixar's Coco, we highly recommend you head on over to Netflix or Amazon Prime Video! This is easily one of our all time favorite movies. Coco is an educational, adorable and heart-warming animated film about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). If you and your children are a fan of the movie seriously consider using the movie to inspire your next birthday party. Not only will your party be visually brilliant, its beautiful meaningful message will set your party apart from the rest, in only good ways! (This is a great theme for classroom parties as well).
What is Coco about?
The main character is a boy named Miguel who absolutely loves music. However, his family completely banned music from their lives when his great-great grandfather left his great-great grandmother to become a musician. On the Day of the Dead, Miguel decides to pursue his love for music and sets off to play guitar just like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Instead, he finds himself magically transported to the bright and colorful Land of the Dead where he sets off on an adventure to follow his dreams and restore his family's legacy.
The animation is incredible, the characters are lovable, and the plot is unbelievably touching. Again, this is one of our absolute favorites. We know you too will want to throw a Coco birthday party after seeing this movie, so we have found the best Coco party invitations, decorations, tableware and more!
Remember your invitation sets the tone for your entire event! These FREE online invitations are great if you are looking for traditional Día de los Muertos designs. And you really cannot beat FREE! Plus, we always love everything and anything from Minted.
Free online invitations >> Day of the Dead Día de los Muertos
Etsy has an impressive selection or PRINTABLE personalized Coco invitations including these festive on-theme ticket invitations.
Coco Birthday Party Tableware
Disney Pixar Coco Party Pack >> complete with sugar skulls!
Coco Cake Toppers
Glitter Sugar Skull Toppers >> Perfect for food picks, cupcakes or cakes!
Papel Picado Cake Topper (can be customized)
Coco & Día de los Muertos Party Decorations
Dia de los Muertos/Coco Birthday Banners (just like in the movie but can be personalized)
Disney Pixar Coco Dare to Dream Collection
Tired of scrolling? Shop the licensed Disney Pixar Dare to Dream Coco Collection HERE!
Coco Birthday Party Snacks & Treats
And don't forget you can make almost any food COCO themed simply by using a few well chosen cookie cutters. Think finger sandwiches, cut fruit, and yes, cookies too!
Four Coco Party Activities
We recommend planning four activities for your child's Coco birthday party including a “doing” activity such as a Coco character “treasure hunt”, a craft activity (see below for a whole host of fun craft activities), a game activity like Coco Bingo or Pin Dante's Bone, and to end the party you absolutely must break the Sugar Skull Piñata. As the kids get older, the same activities work just make them more complex, and add a competitive/team component.
Here are a few fun ideas for the craft activity.
- Sugar skull cookie baking and decorating is sure to be a hit at any Coco party!
- Apply temporary face tattoos. Miguel painted his face to look like a skeleton in Coco, but temporary tats are much easier! Avoid the messiness of face paint and achieve an even cooler result.
- A craft activity such as decorating paper sugar skulls or alebrijes. Use pipe cleaners, glitter, markers, crayons and let creativity run wild.
- Sugar skull designs are so fun to color and great to take home as mementos. Check out these printable coloring pages as well as Coco coloring books.
Coco coloring book >> The only thing better than one coloring page is a whole coloring book! A great party activity that could also be given as a party favor.
One more idea! We generally do not advocate over the top activities but it would be very cool to arrange for an at home group guitar lesson. You may even be able to use Loog Guitar's FREE Educator Guide to create your own guitar class.
Coco Party Favors
Although not necessary, party favors are such a fun, sweet way to leave an impression on guests. You can pick up some traditional style favors like the featured sticker books, temporary tattoos, and self-icing stamps and add them to a loot bag or you can give a single nicer gift like the mini-pinatas we featured above. or if you want to splurge, even a toy guitar.
Searching for the perfect present? Here are some gifts any fan of Coco is sure to adore.
And now for the pièce de résistance …
Now you can find almost anything and everything Coco when you shop Disney's Dare to Dream Collection – even the party supplies!
Coco Party Outfits
And finally, even for children's parties, you can always find a way to party pretty!
Coco Patch >> iron this design onto any shirt of your choosing! (please know this is a download, not a physical shirt)