Paul “Pee-Wee Herman” Rubens Party

party by anna

Happy Birthday, Paul Rubens! The man most famous for bringing us Pee Wee Herman and throwing it all away (temporarily) in a Florida adult theater after being arrested for indecent exposure is the topic of today's party. Take the time to reflect on Paul's many achievements as a writer, producer, actor, and comedian.


  • Snail Mail: a postcard with Pee-Wee's image should suffice.


Base your décor off Pee Wee' s Playhouse. While it may be hard to recreate the set, opt for a kid, friendly, colorful environment.

  • Your theme colors should be bright made up mostly of primary and secondary colors – red, blue, yellow, green, orange, and purple. Use all this for your paper goods, balloons, table covers, etc.
  • Tape large googley eyes on your arm chairs, furniture, and windows to mimic Chairry, Mr. Windows, and others.
  • Set out bean bag chairs and other kid-friendly seating.
  • Put out any vintage toys you may own, encourage your guests to do the same. The pieces will also make great ice breakers/conversation starters.
  • For more Pee Wee inspiration, visit the official site.



Create a Pee Wee and Blow inspired menu with a hodge podge of foods. Put everything out on one table and let your guests tear it up!

  • Pancakes
  • Mr. T Cereal
  • French Fries
  • Hot Dogs
  • Powdered Donuts or Zeppoles
  • Cocktail: Tequila based drinks – Margaritas, Tequila Sunrise, Tequiza


  • Pee Wee's Playhouse – and yes, that is Laurence "Don't call me Larry" Fishburne playing Cowboy Curtis. The series is now available on DVD for the first time!
  • Pee Wee's Big Adventure
  • Big Top Pee Wee
  • Blow – the blockbuster was his big comeback following the indecent exposure incident.
  • Paul Rubens has done a slew of guest starring roles on television throughout the years. See if you can find episodes from the following:
    • Murphy Brown
    • Pushing Daisies
    • Everybody Loves Raymond
    • Reno 911
    • 30 Rock



  • Tequila! Dance Contest – do your best Pee Wee Herman impression
  • Secret Word – assign a secret word of the day…whenever it is uttered everyone goes nuts and screams.
  • For more gags and games from Pee Wee's Playhouse, click here.


With so many Playhouse characters to choose from, as well as Paul Ruben's vast career, this party is a must-have costume party!

  • For a list of Pee Wee's Playhouse characters, click here.
  • Go "dirty old man" style and wear a trench coat with nothing underneath.
  • 70's pimp – based off Derek Foreal, Paul's character in Blow.


If you get inspired by any of Paul Ruben's illicit activities, do yourself a favor – have fun, don't get caught.

And as always, remember to bring your camera!

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About Anna Papoutsakis

Chef. Writer. Cater. Editor. Culinary Badass.
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