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Movie Night: Secretariat

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It’s Derby weekend and this movie night goes full-speed with the horse racing theme. We truly enjoyed Secretariat and our down-home Kentucky feast!


This movie is based on the heart-warming true story of the record-setting racehorse, Secretariat and the family and team behind him. It’s available on Netflix.


We took a twist on derby day classics for this dinner and everyone gobbled them up. We enjoyed Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders (recipe here) and Mint Julep Fruit Salad (recipe here.) Both were completely delicious, and, bonus, I was able to make them ahead of time. These jockey silks napkins added the perfect touch.


The kids especially could not get enough of the Mint Julep Fruit Salad. Dessert was Kentucky Derby Pie (this recipe) and the guys in our house loved it the most.


A few little plastic horses raced across the buffet. My daughter played “Secretariat” with them the rest of the weekend!


This movie is heartwarming, exciting, touching and thrilling. It’s perfect to curl up and watch as a family on the eve of the Kentucky Derby.


The colors had us ready for spring and summer and the food was comforting and classically Kentucky.


I’ll be making these recipes again!


And they’re off!

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Movie Night: Off to the Theater!

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You know we LOVE movie night at home, but some recently new releases called for some trips to the movie theater! We still start the experience at home with some simple treats and that’s what I’m sharing today.

First up… Dumbo! Oh, what a beautiful, captivating film. We found this one to be enchanting and although it had sad parts, it was not nearly as gut-wrenching as the original. To announce our movie adventure, I set up our miniature marquee and some circus-worthy snacks.


These personal little packets of chocolate-covered peanuts from Trader Joe’s were just so fitting.


The next film to get us out of our pajamas and into the movie theater was Disneynature’s Penguins.  If you aren’t family with the Disneynature series, get on board!  They are educational and endlessly entertaining at the same time!  The latest one did not disappoint.  Penguins is hilarious and charming.  My daughter recently completed a school research project on penguins so she was enthralled!  We kicked off this fun evening with our darling little letterboard, a gingham runner, penguin plates and yummy penguin gummies!


These darling little penguin gummies are peach flavored and just as delicious as they are cute!


As you can see, it doesn’t take much to add a little home celebration to a night at the movies. The little bit of extra effort kicks off the fun and makes the experience last that much longer!

Happy Friday, friends!

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Movie Night: Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse

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It’s movie night and we are venturing into the Spider-Verse! A giant toy and Halloween decorations all came out to make one simple but super fun tablescape for this one.

This movie is exciting, funny and full of action. As always, I recommend you take a look here to make sure it’s a good fit for your family.


I printed up a little menu and gave our food fun names. My kids were excited to see Spider-Pig AKA “Peter Porker” in this movie and I was excited to try to recreate the sweet pork from Costa Vida. I used this recipe and it turned out really well.


My husband loves it any time I make sopapilla cheesecake and it fit well with this simple menu. I originally found the recipe here and I think of Beth Moore when I make it.


This giant Spider-man originally belonged to my son, but has since been taken over by my daughter. Yes, Spider-man has attended many tea parties and danced to princess music more than I’m sure he would care to admit.


I paired my red plates with spiderweb plates and a spiderweb table runner from my Halloween items. They set the Spidey scene!

Tacos… a fun, clean movie as a family, sopapilla cheesecake… now THAT’S a Friday night if you ask me!

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