‘On the Studio Lot’ is a party theme that includes the excitement of the movies with a devotional that looks forward to what God has in store for the year ahead. Invite your cast and crew of friends to dress like their favorite movie character and meet you ‘On the Studio Lot’ at your home.
For decorations use movie posters, old film reels, black and white streamers, pictures of actors and actresses, a director’s chair, black and white balloons (use a marker to write your favorite movie titles on the white balloons), popcorn and candy boxes — movie theater size. Use your movie collection in your decorating. Whatever makes you think of the movies would be a great addition to your decor.
Refreshments for the evening could include popcorn and movie foods, but if you want to stretch it a little try an evening of fondue. For a meat fondue, heat oil and cook small chunks of beef or chicken. Provide barbecue, teriyaki, or hot mustard to dip your cooked meat into. With cheese fondue you can dip cubed bread, small chunks of ham, fresh broccoli, or cauliflower. Top the evening off with a chocolate fondue or fountain. Provide fun favorites like gummy bears, graham cracker sticks, marshmallows and fresh fruit for your guests’ dipping pleasure.
No party would be complete without something fun to do, so try a game or two.
Movie Title Charades:
Before guests arrive, write down 30 to 40 movie titles. These may range from golden oldies to current movies. Have them cut apart and placed into a container. Divide guests into teams and take turns acting out movie titles. Each team has 90 seconds to guess their movie title. If they cannot guess it, the other team is given an opportunity to answer and steal the point. The opposing team then draws a title and the game continues. When all titles have been selected the team with the most points wins. You should enjoy many laughs as your friends become the actors on your studio lot. You may want to have prizes to give your budding actors. Try children’s sunglasses since their future is so bright they need to wear shades.
Movie Character Who am I:
In advance take as many adhesive tags as the number of expected guests and write names of movie characters. (Indiana Jones, Shrek, etc.) To play, have all guests sit down and place a tag on each guest’s back. The goal is to guess the name of the character on your back by asking only yes and no answer questions. The first person to guess his or her character wins. The game is complete when all have revealed their characters. A great prize for this game could be a broken off piece of a candy bar because ‘all great actors have to wait for their big break.’
Candy Question Game:
Instruct guests to choose one M&M candy each. They are to answer the question that coincides with their candy color.
Yellow – What is your favorite movie and why?
Red – Who is your favorite actor and why?
Green – If you could write your own movie, what would the title be and who would star in it?
Blue – If you could be in any movie, what would it be?
Orange – If you could play any role in making a movie, what would you be and why?
This is a great way to really get to know your guests and the game sets up for your devotion time.
This party looks much like others given on New Years Eve, but what will make your party different will be the purpose of leading your guests into a relationship with Jesus Christ. To make this transition ask this question, If you could write the script of your life for the year ahead, what would the storyline be? After each person has the opportunity to respond, read Jeremiah 29:11.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
God is the ultimate script writer. The script He has for us to prosper and not harm us, to give us a future and a hope. God gave us that hope through Jesus, His Son. Jesus came and lived a perfect life and gave himself to die on a cross for you and me to pay for all of our sin. Jesus rose from the grave and that’s why He can forgive our sin and give us hope. Jesus chose to play this leading role because He loves us and wants us to have eternal life. The great thing about the movies is that the actors never really die. At the end of a shoot they get up and go home. That’s what Jesus wanted for us too. At the end of this life He wanted us to be able to get up and go home to heaven with Him. Not every movie ends ‘and they lived happily ever after.’ But, if you ask Jesus into your heart, you can know there will be a happy ending.
Pray with your guests and give them the opportunity to ask Jesus into their hearts. Ask God to bless the year ahead and thank Him for heaven to come.