Pee-wee’s big viewing party

Pee-wee's Big Holiday toast with Tack and Matt

Pee-wee Herman’s newest movie, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, was just released on Netflix so of course we had to host a viewing party for this momentous occasion. Even though the last Pee-wee Herman movie (Big Top Pee-wee) came out in 1988, there are still a legion of super-fans who have never given up hope for a new movie. It just so happens that many of these super-fans work at Traction.

Here is what you’ll need to throw your own Pee-wee’s Big Holiday viewing party:


1. Willing friends and co-workers

(Thank you, Matt Boris for the genius idea — and thank you everyone for attending!)

2. Decorations

-Pee-wee’s signature red bowties in sticker form: Download the pdf, then print on sticker paper for your guests to wear.
-Pee-wee themed props: Luckily I had props from when my desk was decorated like Pee-wee’s Playhouse, so those came in handy. Other ideas for props include: a giant foil ball, an over-sized pair of underpants, a giant rubber-band.

3. Libations and Snacks

-Pixi Stick Martinis: Artlette Thibodeau, creative genius, crafted this pop-tactic concoction by substituting pop rocks for pixi sticks. 
-For the minimalist drinker: tequila.
-Lucky Charm Marshmallow Treatswe imagined this was a treat that Pee-would make during the snack time segment on his show for marshmallow deliciousness.
-Birthday Cake Oreos: yes, apparently these exist.
-Popcorn/Pretzels/M&Ms: mix them all together for fun^max.

4. Password

As made famous in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, we had a password for the event. We instructed invitees to say “Large Marge sent me”.


Pee-wee's Big Holiday Arlette cocktails and sticker bowties
Pee-wee's Big Holiday movie screen

The trailer for Pee-wee's Big Holiday. For your viewing pleasure

A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny. Pee-wee's Big Holiday premiered March 18 on Netflix.

Julie Nielsen Art Director

Julie loves all things related to design. A new project means new problems to solve, new ideas to flesh out, and interesting patterns to sort. In other words, thinking and working creatively really "bakes her cake." In her free time Julie likes to make things — for example, a ten foot tall plush squid, props for her desk so it looks like the set of Pee Wee's Playhouse, and a Lego head motorcycle helmet. You can always find Julie in front of a giant monitor or behind a glue gun, ready for action.