In our house, today was the next best thing to Christmas. The DVD release of Frozen! Have you seen it?? Don't you love it?! The soundtrack plays nonstop in my car, and Caroline dresses up as Elsa any chance she gets (she wore her Elsa outfit for 2 straight days when we were snowed in. No judgement!). So today was the long-awaited day, and I wanted to plan a fun night around watching Caroline's "most favorite movie in the entire world." I didn't actually plan to blog about this, but I just loved how it all came together, and Joey pretty much insisted that I share it with you asap!
So here's the deal. I wanted to plan something fun and festive, but I wasn't looking to throw a party, create cutesy printables, or decorate my whole house around the movie. I wanted a dinner that tied into the movie, but I didn't want anything over the top - still just a healthy, weeknight dinner. Here's what I came up with:
- Troll Stuffed Mushrooms - spinach-artichoke stuffed mushrooms that resembled the "love expert" trolls. I adapted this recipe to smaller mushrooms, and they were awesome.
- Olaf's Pilaf - quinoa pilaf with dried cranberries, feta, and toasted almonds
- Sven's Snacks - apple slices and roasted carrots
- Snowman in the Summer, to drink - water, ha
For dessert: homemade Blizzards, in honor of the eternal blizzard that Elsa set off as she fled Arandale (Oreo and vanilla, by request).
I have way too many napkins and table linens, so I was able to put together placemats and napkins that used the colors from the movie. I also have way too many paper straws and mason jars, so I worked the colors in there as well.
And while I cooked dinner, Caroline cut out some snowflakes. She loves any and all art projects, so she was super excited to do this. It got her involved and gave her a sense of responsibility in our big family night. The twins also enjoyed the celebration.
After dinner, we all cuddled up on the couch for the movie, and it became an instant classic. Caroline of course loved it, and sang along the whole time; but Smith actually sat still through most of the movie as well - quite a feat! He only took one short break to put together a puzzle! He loved the reindeer, Olaf, and all the special effects with the snow and ice.
After I put together the menu, I thought of several other ideas for a Frozen Family Dinner & a Movie Night, so I'll share them with you in case you want to do something similar:
Elsa's "White Out" White Pizza
"Troll Stone" Meatballs
"Do You Wanna Build a Snowman" Snack Mix (marshmallows, raisins, orange jelly beans or m&m's, pretzel sticks)
Chocolate Fondue (a reference to the coronation ball)
Snow Cones (or snow ice cream, if you have enough snow on the ground!)
Chili Bar to warm you up during an eternal winter
I had so much fun planning and executing this family movie night, that I think I'm going to make this a monthly tradition. Since it is logistically pretty difficult for us to go out to eat as a family (Hi, can we have 3 high chairs, please?), I love coming up with new ideas for a dinner that's out of the ordinary and fun.
Last thing - go watch the movie, ASAP! Even if you don't have kids. It's really really great!