Suburban Soiree


Movie Night: Hotel Transylvania 3

Movie Night, HalloweenAmy WileyComment

Halloween with a tropical twist? Yes, please! Hotel Transylvania 3 was a delightfully fun Halloween movie with a dash of summer! In the movie, the crew of monsters and ghouls sets off on a cruise, which made for a unique movie night theme.


We pretended we were vacationing and sipped on coconut La Croix with a little pineapple juice which is delicious. For the table, I mixed Halloween pieces with a little nod to the beach!


This is perfectly cute and not creepy… which is my favorite way to do Halloween.


Pink, purple and teal glitter pumpkins added punches of unexpected color to the mix.


Ghost and Frankenstein cookies were both cute and yummy. This table just makes me smile!


I found the plates at Homegoods. I love finding uniquely themed dinner plates - which are harder to find than smaller dessert plates.


We all laughed a lot throughout Hotel Transylvania 3 and I know your family will too!

Movie Night: Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Halloween, Movie NightAmy WileyComment

Today I’m sharing a favorite movie night from last year. This post contains affiliate links.

This movie is just too cute.  It suitable for any age and it has a great message.  Around here, we love Spookley the Square Pumpkin!


For the table I ordered a plush Spookley and he’s the cutest.  The ceramic square pumpkins are from Hobby Lobby.  Before and after movie night they've been mixed in with the other Halloween decor around the house and I love them.  I've had the little glass candy corn table scatters forever.  I'm pretty sure I called ON THE PHONE and gave someone a CATALOG ORDER NUMBER.  I might has well have brought them west with me on a covered wagon.


The tablecloth is one I've had for years from Pottery Barn.


I also had the orange square plates and I used a simple green paper napkin for the "stem."


I simply folded it lengthwise twice and tucked under the plates.


I made fun little appetizers from a photo I saw on Pinterest.


I used peanut butter sandwich crackers, a green Airhead, black icing for the smiles, and white icing to attach the "stems" and candy eyes.   A "stickier" icing probably would have worked better, but it was what I had on hand.


I count any day I break out the candy eyes as a success!


These little Spookleys look so cute and happy!  They are not perfect but you guys... neither was Spookley and he taught us THAT'S OK.


Obviously I'm not a very skilled piper.  Which makes me think of this...


Oh, I crack myself up.

Dinner was a simple one but still went with the pumpkin theme.  This pasta from Trader Joe's is so pretty.


I added TJ's Autumnal Harvest sauce, sausage, a little Parmesan.  I served it with a quick Caesar salad and bread.


Trader Joe's also made our dessert!  


I'll leave you with a little bonus tip since this movie is great for preschoolers.  If your kiddos are at an age where it's hard for you to get dinner on the table because they are so "busy"... you can often find free coloring sheets related to the movie to print off on Pinterest or just by googling it.  I did this a lot when my kids were smaller (with various movie nights) and it helps keep them busy while you prep and gets them excited for the movie.

If you haven't seen this one yet, you can catch it on The Disney Channel this time of year.  Dare to be square!

Movie Night: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Halloween, Movie NightAmy WileyComment

Certain seasonal movies are so classic, they bring a certain level of comfort when you watch them year after year. That’s the case with It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for our family. My kids said this was the movie they were most excited about this year!


Our table was simple but festive. I pull out these little figurines year after year.


Another thing that is rapidly becoming a fall family tradition? Making super easy and delicious seasonal meals from Trader Joe’s. We had the pumpkin ravioli, sausage, Autumnal Harvest sauce, salad and garlic cheese bread. It all came together so quickly.


It was a cozy kind of dinner, perfect for waiting on the Great Pumpkin!


Our movie snack was hot chocolate and popcorn with some candy corn mixed in… simple pleasures of the season. I was delighted to find these bowls and mugs at Homegoods.


What are your go-to Halloween movies? Check out last year’s Great Pumpkin movie night here.