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Movie Night: The Luck of the Irish

Movie Night, St. Patrick's DayAmy WileyComment

You’re in luck because I found a perfectly family-friendly movie for you this St. Patrick’s Day weekend!

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The Luck of the Irish is a Disney Channel movie that mixes some leprechaun shenanigans with basketball.  It’s silly, funny, and absolutely fitting for St. Patrick’s Day.


The story line of the movie made for a fun and unique table theme. I mixed in basketball napkins from the Target Dollar Spot and I love how the orange fits with the Irish colors.


My shamrock plates are from Homegoods and I always enjoy using them year after year.


The little pennant and foam fingers are also Dollar Spot finds.  My kids noticed these first!  I like how they add at sporty touch.  I also know I will find another use for them down the road.


I can always count on Trader Joe’s for a themed meal.  My guys especially enjoyed this “Blarney Scone” soda bread. 


Our main course was bangers and mash... and it was a huge hit! Or should I say... slam dunk.  Movie night is a great excuse to try something out of the ordinary for our family.


Shamrock Shakes were a sweet ending for this movie night.  I love any excuse for sprinkles and a fun straw. The “Lucky You” napkins are from the Sassy Napkin Society.


We hope movie night will be part of the shenanigans you get up to this weekend! 

Movie Night: The Lost Valentine

Valentine's Day, Movie NightAmy WileyComment

Every now and then you just need a good cry… and this little movie delivers! It’s a truly sweet story with a Valentine’s theme woven in. You can help but feel all the feelings for The Lost Valentine.

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It’s a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that goes back and forth between World War 2 and today. The story includes a theme of letters that I incorporated into the tablescape. (This movie does show a little bit of violence so just a warning if you have little ones… not to worry, it’s Hallmark-movie violence… so not too terrible.)


I found the cutest little air mail envelopes and just scattered them around.


The little envelopes were such a simple, inexpensive touch but added so much.


Not pictured: the dinner we ordered in from Maggiano’s and little tiramisu cups from Costco for dessert. Some weeks are just crazy and this was the way to go!


If you love a touching story and have tissues nearby, watch The Lost Valentine and get swept up in sweet romance!

Movie Night: The Shop Around the Corner

Valentine's Day, Movie NightAmy WileyComment

February has our eyes set on romance and romantic comedies are the perfect fare for that kind of mood. Our kids aren’t quite old enough for some of our rom-com favorites, so we went old school. The Shop Around the Corner is from 1940 and You’ve Got Mail is actually its remake. This is a darling movie! (We rented it from iTunes.)


It was all hearts and flowers for the tablescape. I absolutely love all the pink and red this time of year.


I used our dessert as part of the centerpiece. A pretty cake deserves center stage!


The “Hey Valentine” napkins were in the January box from the Sassy Napkin Society.


For dinner we enjoyed steak tips, Brussels sprouts and macaroni and cheese.


Our little chocolate mousse cake from Trader Joe’s was just as delicious as it was pretty. It was a sweet ending to a great meal.


This movie is funny, witty, surprising and charming.  After the kids went to bed my husband and I watched You’ve Got Mail.  It was fun to see what this movie drew from the original.  Meg Ryan’s character’s bookstore is called “The Shop Around the Corner” and a few scenes are taken directly from the 1940 version.


We love old movies because they are cleaner and just refreshing. It’s fun to see the differences from life today that you don’t always think about. Here’s to a weekend full of love!