Family Movie Night: Wreck it Ralph and Lady and the Tramp

I didn’t make a post last week for Wreck it Ralph. I just didn’t take that many pictures! We have *no* Wreck it Ralph decorations, and both kids have outgrown their Halloween costumes from last year. But the food was amazing!!

The obvious food for Wreck it Ralph is Candy and Lots Of It. But I’m not about to stuff my kids with candy at 8 pm on a weeknight.

Our main course was Mini meatloaf “cupcakes.” I made meatloaf, cooked it in a muffin tin, then topped it with mashed potatoes and cheese. When they were all cooked, I popped each one into a silicone cupcake cup. They were yummy.

We also had Alien Egg Peas, which vaguely resembled the alien insect eggs in the movie, sorta, if you squint. But we needed a vegetable!

Then for dessert, we had banana splits (requested by the kids over root beer floats, a decision they regretted after watching Ralph down a float) and, of course, pie.

banana splits



This week was Lady and the Tramp, and its obvious and super easy menu. We decorated with all the stuffed and toy dogs we could find.


Family Movie Night: Cinderella

Keeping with the theme of Movies The Husband Has Not Seen, we chose Live Action Cinderella for our next movie night. Genna and I saw this movie in the theater on Mom/Genna Night, but the boys hadn’t seen it yet.

Our decorations were pathetic, but remember: this is real life, we have a budget Family Movie Night. 🙂 We own few Cinderella toys. Just three princesses – a baby Cinderella which was a gift from grandma some years ago, a Bathtub toy Cinderella, and a small action figure Cinderella. And, can I say, baby Cindy is looking mighty fine these days


Oh, and, of course, Teddy contributed to the decorations, too. (It’s “The King” from Cars. Fitting.)


Figuring out a meal was kind of challenging. Do you go with the leftover bits Cinderella was allowed to eat? Quiche? (which I wanted to do, but I’m the only one who eats my delicious quiche) Food fit for a Queen?

We ended up with:

Cheese and Crackers (because of the mice, though Genna pointed out that mice don’t eat crackers, just cheese)

Royal Roast Beef (um… just regular roast beef)

Pumpkin Rolls (yeah… I sort of envisioned this working out better… they were supposed to look like pumpkins. They really just looked like strange tube-rolls, which is what they were)

GusGus Corn (because of the scene in the animated movie where GusGus tries to stack up the corn)

Royal Steed Carrots (because I needed a vegetable and horses eat carrots) (I made candied carrots)

Champagne (7 up and blue Koolaid)



I had a few pre-dinner activities planned, but then the evening got a little chaotic, and we didn’t do most of them. We were going to play “Where is GusGus” version of the three cups/which one has the ball game, for example. But whatever.

Genna did make and decorate a crown for herself, and changed into her ballgown for the movie, though I was sitting with Teddy on my lap at that point and didn’t get a picture. 😦

Randy thought the movie was too dark, but I liked it. Though I find the Prince’s eyes to be too unnatural of a color, it’s distracting.

Inside Out Movie Night

Sticking with the theme of “movies the husband hasn’t seen yet,” we chose Inside Out for our second movie.

The Menu included Broccoli Pizza, Sadness and Joy drinks, Anger’s Red Peppers, Fear Memory Orbs (grapes), Rainbow Unicorn Fruit Kabobs, and Emotions Marshmallows. We decorated with Inside Out toys we already owned.

The drink recipes came from this website. The marshmallows were just marshmallows dipped in white chocolate and covered in sprinkles. Actually sounds better than it tastes.

Broccoli pizza, we shortcutted and used frozen pizza plus frozen broccoli.

Genna got to draw the emotions using printouts from here.   She did not give permission to share her finished drawings online. Teddy slept through this part of the night, and Wally was too busy being a moody 11 year old boy to participate in the drawing.

Family Movie Night – Big Hero 6

We decided to start a weekly family movie night. It’s a very Pinterest-y thing for me to do, lol. And while it might not seem like it has a whole heck of a lot to do with Babywearing, Cloth Diapering, and Medical Needs… hey, the common denominator there is that we all have kids. And probably most of us watch movies, and like to do fun things with our families.

I don’t have quite the budget that Pinterest moms do, and I also don’t have major movie companies sending me money and promotional items. So this is the budget (aka: realistic) version of Family Movie Night.

I decided to start with Big Hero 6 because my husband hasn’t seen it yet, and I’m tired of him not knowing what I’m talking about when I use quotes from the movie in a humorous way.


The only Big Hero 6 things we own are a “pillow” Baymax (plush – but Teddy calls it “pillow”) and he’s completely white – I wasn’t about to put Pillow Baymax anywhere near a dinner table, but I did prop him up with our desserts. And we also own small plastic Baymax and Hiro, but Teddy wouldn’t consent to using them to decorate.

During the day, Teddy and Genna colored pictures from Big Hero 6 that I found online (I’d provide a link, but honestly just Google). We also cut out and assembled Baymax from this website. We didn’t make him into a puppet, just assembled with brass fasteners. (OF COURSE I have brass fasteners – we homeschool. If you don’t, there’s no reason you couldn’t glue it.)

I decided our menu would be:

  • Hiro Sandwiches
  • Chicken Wings with the sauce that makes our faces numb
  • Sliced Apple (from when Wasabi throws the apple through the laser)
  • Gummy Bears (from when Baymax is training and Hiro yells Gummy Bears!!)
  • Banana Sushi (sushi seems like a San Fransokyo thing, and the banana variety seemed more palatable to my unadventurous 7 year old)
  • Baymax Marshmallows

After Randy got home from work, Genna helped me make the Baymax marshmallows while Wally finished up a school assignment he had inexplicably not done before moving on to free time activities this afternoon. We also assembled the Banana Sushi, sliced the apple, and put some gummy bears in a jar. And got the sandwich stuff ready.

Banana Sushi: Spread a tortilla with marshmallow fluff and then peanut butter. Wrap it around a banana. Slice. Yum!

After dinner, there was some level of chaos as adults and oldest kid cleaned up, middle kid pretended to help clean up but mostly ran in circles, and youngest lost both his left slipper and his sippy cup. “It gone! It disappear!” We settled in for our movie – Teddy with some more coloring pages and crayons and Pillow Baymax – and mom reminded the kids approx 18,000 times to stop telling dad major plot points.