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Turning Red Birthday Party: Fun and Magical Ideas

If you’re planning a Turning Red themed birthday party, you’ll love these ideas!

Enjoy a magical Turning Red birthday party featuring your favorite characters from the hit Disney movie!

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With the release of the Disney Pixar movie, Turning Red, children and adults alike have likely related to the coming-of-age story of Meilin Lee, also known as “Mei.”

Whether you have the 4-Town song “Nobody Like U” stuck on repeat in your head, or you relate to the struggles of an adolescent feeling the pull between her friends and her family, you probably love the memorable movie!

If your child is enthralled with the storyline, characters, and of course, the red pandas, you may be looking for ideas for a Turning Red birthday party!

We’re going to show you plenty of options for your next celebration!

Turning Red Birthday Party Food Ideas

Every birthday party needs food! Mei is a Chinese-Canadian girl, and as such, we see both Chinese and Canadian influences in the foods that appear in Turning Red.

And of course, any red foods would be a great addition to your party table.

These are some of our favorite food ideas for your Turning Red party.

Bao Buns

Bao makes an appearance in Mei’s household when she and her mother form and fill the dumplings.

Then you can then see these bao bubbling to perfection in boiling water when her dad is cooking.

You can always make your own bao buns if you’d like, or buy some from your local grocery store (check the freezer section).

three bao buns on a white plate with a small cup of dipping sauce in the background. A red panda icon reads "bao buns"

Tim Horton’s Timbits

Timbits are donut holes from the classic Canadian coffee shop, Tim Horton’s.

a stack of donut holes, similar to the food shown in Turning Red. A red panda icon reads "donut holes"

We see these make an appearance in Turning Red, which makes them a fun addition to a party. I mean, who doesn’t love doughnut holes?

If you don’t live in Canada, donut holes from any nearby donut shop will do!

Red Punch

Red party punch is a must-have at a Turning Red party!

This easy red punch recipe requires only three ingredients and is simple to whip up.

a carafe of red punch with red solo cups next to it for a Turning Red birthday party. A red panda icon reads "red punch"

REd Velvet Desserts

Red velvet desserts are easy to make and pretty much everyone loves them! Here are a few favorites to add to your party table:

collage image of various red velvet desserts for a Turning Red themed party. A red panda overlay reads "red velvet desserts"

red Candies

Having a candy buffet with red candies is such a fun idea for your Turning Red birthday party!

You could even have guests fill a bag with candies as their party favor. Some great options include red pixie sticks, red Hershey Kisses, red lollipops, and red Starburst.

Turning Red Birthday Party Decorations

You’ll definitely want some red decor that brings Turning Red to life!

Turning Red Decorating Package

Because of the film’s popularity, you can purchase sets of decorative items, including banners, balloons, cake toppers, and more.

I especially love this set because it features multiple characters!

If you want add some extra flair to the space, I think these paper pom-poms and fans are a fun addition, giving some dimension to your decor.

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How pretty and impressive is this balloon arch? I love that it includes character balloons as well as plain colored balloons.

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For a fun backdrop, you can hang this cute vinyl background behind your cake table or set it up for a memorable photo op!

Turning Red Plates and Napkins

You can choose to buy plates and napkins that are character-themed, or you can save some money and simply purchase solid-color plates that coordinate with the decor.

Turning Red-Themed Party Favors

There are endless options when it comes to party favors for a Turning Red birthday party.

First up, I love these goody bags! They’re big enough to hold a few things, but not so large that they’ll swallow the favors whole.

As far as filling the treat bags, these are a few fun ideas:

collage image of four Turning Red party favor ideas

Turning Red Birthday Party Invitations

Now that you have some ideas for the party, it’s time to invite your guests to the celebration!

  • Personalized digital invitations – These feature a red panda with your child’s name. So cute, and super easy to send out via email or text message, or you can print them at home.
  • Video invitation – What a fun idea to send a Turning Red animated video invitation to friends and family!
  • Printable invitations – These can be edited to personalize, then you download and print them (or email them).
collage image featuring two Turning Red birthday party invitation options

Turning Red-Themed Birthday Party Activities

If you want some fun activities for the kids to do at the party, these ideas are sure to be memorable:

collage image showing Turning Red Bingo and a personalized Turning Red placemat activity sheet for a birthday party

Turning Red Birthday Party Ideas

No matter who your favorite character is from Turning Red, these ideas will help you plan a magical red panda-inspired gathering for everyone!

And of course, if you want some red panda ears for the birthday party, your kiddo can proudly wear them!

collage image showing two different sets of Turning Red ears in handband form

I love these sparkly ears and these furry ears.

No matter what you choose, your child’s party is sure to be memorable!

You may also want to check out our Encanto birthday party ideas, Luca birthday party suggestions, and our Minnie Mouse party ideas!

Be sure to pin this to your Turning Red party planning board on Pinterest!

collage image featuring various photos of different decor, invitations, and favors for a Turning Red themed birthday party