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Blue’s Clues fans – get excited! Blue’s Big City Adventure is available for streaming TODAY (Friday, November 18) exclusively on Paramount+! This feature-length “Blue’s Clues & You!” film is a sing and dance-along musical spectacular for the whole family (can confirm that our whole family loved it), featuring all-new songs and choreography with the show’s beloved hosts (ALL of them!) and fan-favorite animated characters. To celebrate the release of this fun film, I’m sharing ideas for a Blue’s Clues New York themed party! Just like Josh and Blue’s adventures in the big city, I’ve got New York City themed party ideas to bring the adventure into your own home for your family and friends while watching the movie. Save this post for lots of Blue’s Clues party ideas, ideas for a New York themed party (including New York party decorations, New York themed party food, and New York City party favors), and free Blue’s Clues party printables to make your Blue’s Big City Adventure Watch Party as epic as Josh and Blue’s trip to the Big Apple!
About Blue’s Big City Adventure
BLUE’S BIG CITY ADVENTURE follows Josh (Josh Dela Cruz), who gets the opportunity of a lifetime to audition for Rainbow Puppy’s (Brianna Bryan) Broadway musical, and Blue (Traci Paige Johnson) as they skidoo to New York City where they meet new friends and discover the magic of music, dance and following one’s dreams. The entire “Blue’s Clues” crew is reunited for this special movie event, with the beloved animated friends and all three hosts – Josh, Steve (Steve Burns) and Joe (Donovan Patton) – together for the first time in the Big Apple. The movie also features special star appearances by BD Wong, Ali Stroker, Taboo, Alex Winter, Phillipa Soo (my kids were so excited to see the original Hamilton cast member on screen!) and Steven Pasquale. Click here to watch the trailer, and stream Blue’s Big City Adventure exclusively on Paramount+ now!
Blue’s Big City Adventure New York party decorations
The overall theme for the Blue’s Big City Adventure New York City party decorations is the NYC skyline and NYC motifs (apples, the Statue of Liberty, yellow cabs) and a color scheme that references both Blue’s Clues (blues, double blue stripes like Josh’s shirt) and New York City (black and white for the city streets, yellow like NYC taxis). I also included Rainbow Puppy since we all love her so much.
Our Blue’s Big City Adventure New York party decorations included a food table with a New York skyline backdrop (this one was reasonably priced from Amazon with no DIY required; the size was also perfect behind a 6’ table), and a blue striped tablecloth. The skyline backdrop also doubles as a great photo backdrop for your party guests to capture some special party memories!
To make the tablecloth, I laid a darker blue tablecloth first, then cut stripes cut from a light blue tablecloth, which I then layered on top of the dark blue tablecloth. This was really easy to do, and I love how it resembles Josh’s shirt!
I added a printable Blue and Rainbow Puppy to the backdrop to tie in more Blue’s Clues party ideas (get the links to the free Blue’s Clues party printables towards the end of this post). I taped them onto the backdrop with masking tape.
New York themed party food for your Blue’s Big City Adventure Watch Party
You can’t have a New York themed party without some yummy New York themed snacks! Here is the New York themed party food we used for our Blue’s Big City Adventure Watch Party.
Soft Pretzels. Not only are pretzels iconic New York themed snacks, when you see the movie, you’ll see that they also play a big part in the theme. I displayed the pretzels on a mug holder (to look like they were for sale from a street vendor) and served them with two simple dipping sauces.
Easy Cheesy Dip
- 8 ounces melting cheese (such as Velveeta), cubed
- Milk (as much as needed)
In a small saucepan, melt the melting cheese with some milk, adding a little bit of milk at a time. Stir, and add more milk as needed for your desired consistency. Serve hot and fresh.
Sweet Cream Cheese Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Heavy whipping cream (as much as needed)
- Powdered sugar (to your desired sweetness)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small saucepan, melt cream cheese and butter with heavy whipping cream (starting with a small amount of cream and adding a little more at a time as needed). Stir in powdered sugar (to your desired sweetness) and vanilla extract. Add more cream as needed to get your dipping sauce to your desired consistency.
Get more easy pretzel dip recipes here.
Hot Dogs. These are another quintessential New York themed party food idea. I served them in fluted paper trays like you’d get from a street vendor and allowed party guests to top them with their favorite hot dog condiments (feel free to debate if ketchup belongs on hot dogs or not). Easy, perfectly on theme for a New York City themed party, and always kid-pleasing. That’s a party planning win-win-win!
Candied or Caramel “Big Apples.” We made some candied apples from a ready-made kit from the grocery store as another one of our New York themed snacks.
Hershey’s Kisses with Printable Sticker Labels. This is an easy treat that incorporates more Blue’s Clues party ideas (with stickers of Blue and Rainbow Puppy) plus New York theme party ideas (with stickers of the Statue of Liberty, yellow cab, apple, and I Love NY). I printed them on label paper and used a .75” circle punch to cut them out (the perfect size for the bottom of a Hershey Kiss). See the link to the free printable below.
Blue’s Clues & You: Rainbow Puppy Adventures Rainbow Treats.
Blue’s Clues 25th Anniversary Celebration Milkshake Recipe.
Blue’s Clues party ideas and activities
Watch Blue’s Big City Adventure! Of course, central to our watch party is to watch Blue’s Big City Adventure on Paramount+! To get the party started, try the scavenger hunt ideas below to find “clues” that lead you to pressing play!
Blue’s Clues Scavenger Hunt. This simple scavenger hunt essentially places three paw prints around the house (see the link to the free printable Rainbow Puppy paw print below) and the kids need to find them to get the “clues” (just like in the Blue’s Clues shows and movie). The clues lead the kids to pressing play to stream Blue’s Big City Adventure! Here are some suggestions for placing them and clues to find each one:
- Clue 1: Start by pointing the kids to the first clue. We stuck it on an armchair visible in the main party room. Write the following clue on the back of the printable: “I have an island but I’m not an ocean. Find me then look around for your next clue.”
- Clue 2: The first clue should lead the kids to the kitchen, where they’ll find the second clue somewhere around the kitchen island. On the back of the printable write: “I have lots to say but never speak, I open but you cannot walk through me, I have a spine but no bones.”
- Clue 3: After following the hint in the second clue, the kids should find the third and final clue on a bookshelf with some books. On the back of the printable write: “Near the TV is where I stay, but I’m no fun until you push play.” This should lead the kids to the remote control to press play to stream Blue’s Big City Adventure on Paramount+.
Blue’s Clues & You: Rainbow Puppy Adventures Rainbow Dancing Wand Craft.
New York City party favors
Who doesn’t love a good party favor? If you’re looking for ideas for a New York themed party, these NYC themed party favors are perfect.
“Big City Souvenirs” Grab Box. Fill a box or a basket with some fun New York City party favors options for kids to choose from. Some options include:
- Foam Statue of Liberty Crowns
- I Love NY T-Shirts
- New York City Taxi Ceramic Piggy Bank
- I Love NY Pencils
We allowed the kids to each choose one of the bigger NYC themed party favors (the crowns, shirts, or piggy bank) like they were souvenir shopping in the big city, then everyone could have a pencil.
Blue’s Clues party printables for your Blue’s Big City Adventure Watch Party
Here are links to all the Blue’s Clues party printables that you see in today’s New York theme party ideas post:
- Blue Backdrop Printable
- Rainbow Puppy Backdrop Printable
- Hershey Kiss Labels
- Printable Food Signs
- Paw Print Printable
Are you inspired to have your own New York themed party to watch the new movie? Stream Blue’s Big City Adventure exclusively on Paramount+ starting today!