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A Despicable (Me) & Minion Party

My friend Loraine’s little boy and Beanie were born hours apart. They look so similar we casually call them “the twins”. They are such good friends that we always have a joint birthday party. This year was no exception and we went for a Minion Party.

A Despicable Party - Party Rules - Le Coin de Mel

I love planning parties with Loraine! I was in charge of invitations, balloons and party bags. Loraine did everything else. She had even managed to set up the hall single-handedly when I arrived (late)! Her lovely mum, as always, kept cups of tea and tummies full.

Beanie and her friends had a fantastic time at her Minion Party. They played, danced and jumped around. Balloons were inflated, and then shaped into swords, dogs, flowers. Crevette sang on the microphone. A few others did, too.

Whenever one of her friends was coming to say hello and give her a present, Beanie would tear the present and card open. You might think it was a rude thing to do. Despite my slight embarrassment at such an “un-British” way to do things, I thought it was rather sweet and showing how excited she was to receive presents. It also gave me a chance to thank her little friends straight away!

Loraine had plated the children’s food and set it all at the table, which made it a lot easier than letting them help themselves.

A Despicable Party - The Cake - Le Coin de Mel

After singing “Happy Birthday” and cake, the piñata (tutorial here) provided us with a very entertaining finale for the party. I might have been over enthusiastic with the number of papier-mâché layers. The minion was not going to break with the children’s gentle bashing. We ended up putting it on the floor and Crevette jumped on it. When the piñata was lifted in the air again, all the sweets fell on the floor, to the children’s utter delight!

A Despicable Party - Bye Bye Minion - Le Coin de Mel

As they were leaving, our little guests were given their party bags. I forgot to take a photo, sorry! Each bag contained an age-appropriate book, anti-gravity serum (bubbles!), a fruity snack, a Despicable Me mini figurine and a balloon. Some of the children also took a helium inflated balloon home.

Brilliant party, fabulous company, tired family. The “party rules” sign can be found here. If you are planning a Despicable Me or Minion party, you will certainly find lots of inspiration in Rebekah’s post!


  1. 29/09/2014 / 12:53 pm

    Oh Mel it sounds like you have some *seriously* happy kids on your hands! I can imagine the party was just perfect. Well done. Must have also been nice to share the load with another mum xxx

    • Mel
      29/09/2014 / 1:24 pm

      It was absolutely brilliant! I even met some of the mums from pre-school I had not met before (knew the nans) and caught up with friends. Ideal!

  2. 29/09/2014 / 2:01 pm

    What an absolutely fabulous sounding party and the piñata is amazing!

    • Mel
      29/09/2014 / 2:10 pm

      It was a great day! I wish I could hire Loraine as my personal party planner!

  3. 30/09/2014 / 6:23 am

    Glad everyone had such a fab time! And Anti Gravity Serum just really really made me giggle! xxx

    • Mel
      30/09/2014 / 7:06 am

      Thanks lovely!

    • Mel
      01/10/2014 / 9:19 am

      Hi hi, I love children’s birthday parties, too! Can you imagine if we were doing the same for us?

  4. bettyallonby
    01/10/2014 / 2:07 pm

    This looks fab! And it also makes me glad that Gwenn is only 17 months so doesn’t expect this kind of thing yet. I am SERIOUSLY craft deficient and the thought of making anything myself fills me with dread!



    • Mel
      12/10/2014 / 10:01 am

      She would have been fine with a little ‘do’ at home, but as we share the organisation and costs, it is quite nice doing it outside the house, really.

  5. Becky
    01/10/2014 / 2:35 pm

    Great party idea! Love, love, love the pinata idea, Mel! x #sharewithme

    • Mel
      01/10/2014 / 4:49 pm

      Thanks Becky!

  6. 01/10/2014 / 6:09 pm

    Oh my gosh I LOVE the Despicable Me party – Z is crazy about the minions and I’m wondering whether we should have a Minions style party this year. I love the cake, with all the little characters including the big fluffy unicorn!! 😀

    • Mel
      05/10/2014 / 12:37 pm

      Go on, have one! It is a nice, easy theme with bold colours. Loved it! Hubby picked up the unicorn in a charity shop for 70p a couple of months ago!

  7. To Infinity and IVF
    01/10/2014 / 6:10 pm

    It looks like a really fabulous party and really lovely that the two boys are so close. They sound like they could be friends for life!

    • Mel
      10/10/2014 / 12:33 am

      She loves her ‘twin’, and I love organising parties with his mummy!

  8. 01/10/2014 / 10:44 pm

    Ahh that is so cute that they are the twins and get to have joint birthdays together every year. Love the decorations and theme. So cool. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again soon. #sharewithme

    • Mel
      05/10/2014 / 12:34 pm

      We did not do that much in terms of decoration, but it was a really relaxed, fun party!

  9. 02/10/2014 / 2:53 am

    Fabulous! Nice to hear how the bashing of the piñata went 🙂 Sounds like everyone had a fabulous time x #brillblogposts

    • Mel
      09/10/2014 / 8:49 pm

      It was a brilliant party!

  10. Susanne Remic
    02/10/2014 / 5:54 pm

    LOVE this! I love a good themed party and I’ve yet to come across a Despicable Me one! The poster is awesome 🙂 x x

    • Mel
      02/10/2014 / 8:10 pm

      Thanks lovely! It was a really nice theme: easy and fun.

  11. 02/10/2014 / 10:52 pm

    O wow, this is great and what a brilliant cake! Little man loves Despicable Me so thank you for the inspiration! x #sharewithme

    • Mel
      12/10/2014 / 9:45 pm

      If you decide to have a Despicable Me party for him, check my Pinterest account. I have a board on there full of minion ideas!

  12. 03/10/2014 / 11:59 am

    Oh this sounds so much fun! Love the cake 🙂

    • Mel
      03/10/2014 / 1:10 pm

      Thanks, we had a great day!

  13. 03/10/2014 / 12:24 pm

    What a great party theme. Love the pinata (I like to imagine that minions are full of candy…plus, they wouldn’t mind being beaten with a stick. hee hee). The cake and and sign are also fab!

    • Mel
      12/10/2014 / 11:43 pm

      The piñata ended up being jumped on (a tad too sturdy maybe!).

    • Mel
      19/10/2014 / 10:53 am

      It really was a brilliant party!

  14. 03/10/2014 / 1:11 pm

    Looks like a great party! I think our girls will have a ‘Frozen’ themed one! Thanks for linking up to the #binkylinky

    • Mel
      03/10/2014 / 1:15 pm

      We were going to have a Frozen one, too, but my friend’s little boy wanted Despicable Me in the end, and it worked really well.

  15. Louisa
    03/10/2014 / 4:31 pm

    What a lovely party and so nice that the children share a birthday #binkylinky

    • Mel
      19/10/2014 / 10:55 am

      It is brilliant to be able to share all the organisation with a friend. It makes it much smoother and relaxed.

  16. 04/10/2014 / 11:07 am

    That looks like such a great party my daughter loves despicable me we have to watch it every day. I love the picture you have it is brilliant what lovely touches you added to the party. #Binkylinky

    • Mel
      19/10/2014 / 11:36 am

      It was fab! I wanted to leave a comment on your post with the photo of your little one dressed as batman (how cute!), but I could not. there might be a problem with my Internet access at home.

  17. 08/10/2014 / 9:04 pm

    Great ideas, the pinata looked great, we are in the midst of planning a frozen birthday party here #binkylinky

    • Mel
      22/10/2014 / 11:11 am

      It was meant to be a Frozen party but the little ones changed their minds 3 weeks before the party. Despicable me was a good, easy one I think! Good luck planning your party.

  18. Eva
    10/10/2014 / 9:13 am

    Mes enfants sont fans des Mignons! Je crois qu’ils voudraient le même gâteau pour son anniversaire! J’aime beaucoup cette idée de mettre des figurines 😉

    • Mel
      10/10/2014 / 10:03 am

      Elles sont pas mal, ces petites figurines! Si tu veux les acheter, je les ai eues sur eBay pour moins de 3 livres.

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