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Three Easy Summer Movie Nights

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy… and so are our movie nights! I often take a more laid-back approach to our Friday night tradition during summer break. It’s still just as fun! Here are three we’ve enjoyed lately…

The Kid Who Would Be King


This modern re-telling of the Sword in the Stone delighted my 12-year-old son. The Kid Who Would Be King is probably too scary for younger children, but those who are a little older will enjoy it. I simply added these little swords to cupcakes for a quick themed dessert. I love that I can reuse the swords for another movie night down the road.

Run the Race


This is a well-made, faith-based film. It has all the excitement of a sports movie, but it’s really about times in life that cause you to struggle with your faith. We highly recommend Run the Race! It sparked some meaningful conversations for our family.

Toy Story Marathon


We had a ball re-watching the entire Toy Story collection in preparation for Toy Story 4. Of course this momma even shed some tears along the way! These are darling movies and its always sweet to revisit old favorites. All this movie-watching called for plenty of snacks, naturally. I found some Toy Story Goldfish and even sprung for our very own Forky.

Movie nights in the summer are simple and sweet… what are you watching together this weekend?

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Movie Night: Aladdin

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Oh, I come from a land, from a faraway place… where the caravan camels roam… where it’s flat and immense and the heat is intense… it’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home!

I’m here to grant your wish for a unique, delicious movie night centered around one of our all-time favorites… Aladdin. We watched the original Disney classic in anticipation of the new live-action version that comes out next week.

We did this movie night years ago when the kids were pretty little and we were excited to do it all over again. It’s been remembered as a favorite over the years and the thing that sticks with them most is that we ate sitting on the floor in our living room. That’s right! We set the coffee table, covered some pillows with black tablecloths to sit on a dined as if we were in Agrabah. This little break from routine is so fun for kids… parents too.

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I used this sparkly purple tablecloth to set the scene. Aladdin’s lamp and a treasure chest of coins and jewels added a mysterious element to the table.


Mercury glass votives held flickering tealights and these napkins topped each plate. I also splurged on this dress for my daughter!


Eating “on the floor” is just too much fun. You could also use chocolate coins for the “handsome reward.”


All we were missing was the magic carpet.


Dinner was absolutely delicious. I personally love that movie night pushes me to find recipes far outside of what I would normally cook. This night we enjoyed schwarma grilled chicken and vegetables with pitas and yogurt sauce.


I still had the recipes printed out from the last time we did this movie night. You can easily search and find something similar. As for dessert…


How ‘bout a little more baklava???

This was time-consuming, but not difficult to make. My husband and son devoured it. It’s not really my thing, but that’s okay! You can find the baklava recipe here.


This was another memorable evening and now we are all brushed up on Aladdin and ready to enjoy the new version in the theater.


This movie is one I can pretty much recite word-for-word… how about you? Will you see the new one? Happy Friday!


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A Magical Supper Club: Disney Theme

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If you don't have a group of friends who REALLY love food, I highly suggest you seek some out.  We do a monthly supper club with the sweetest group of people and I love that one of the many things we share in common is an unbridled enthusiasm for a good meal.

We also all share a love of Disney vacations.  We recently spent time in Disneyland with some of our supper club friends.  We all enjoy those types of trips... the planning (it's really half the fun for someone like me), the rides, and the treats!  (See my favorite Disneyland treats here.)  Another family in our group recently visited Disneyland Paris and we all couldn't wait to hear about their trip.  So, I thought it would fun to do a Disney night of supper club!  Everyone jumped on board just as enthusiastically as I had hoped.  Here's a look at all the delicious food we enjoyed.

I contributed a meat and cheese tray.  I used a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter for the cheese and regular and mini pepperoni for the meat.  They aren't as perfectly proportioned as I would like, but you get the idea.


I also did a Mickey fruit platter.  This was so easy!


One of our guests brought broccoli cheese soup and served it in bread bowls, like you can get at Pacific Wharf.  It was divine.


We also had Mickey-shaped homemade pretzels we dipped in queso.  Y'all.  I want to put my face in these right now.


Another friend brought the most delicious empanadas.  It's true... everything good tastes even better when it's Mickey-shaped.


Look at this!  "Up Cakes!"  


We also had Ohana bread pudding with caramel sauce.  I can't even tell you how great this was.


Our sweet friend also fired up the blender and made Dole Whips!  I'm so sad I didn't get a photo.  I had no idea you could re-create them so well at home but she nailed it.

Our tables were really casual and simple.  I used three paper plates to make Mickeys.  We ended up using all our plates with all the food we had to enjoy.


I let my daughter have free reign with the kids table.  I like letting my kids design and set tables. I think it's good practice!


I picked up these straws at for all the kids to use and take home.  I love them!


Friends who are willing to embrace a silly theme and get excited with you are what make gatherings like this so enjoyable.  It was truly magical!


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