Friday, April 29, 2011

Disney/Pixar Toy Story Themed Movie Night

With 19 days until Walt Disney World, what else can one do but PARTY?! 
Our 4th Disney Movie Night was Toy Story themed. 

Our menu was Pizza Planet inspired.  Pizza, french fries, mozzarella sticks, onion rings and burger sliders.  To wash all that down, we had "Refueling Fluid" in both cola and apple flavors.

Note the Army Men and Monkey's (you know, the ones from the barrel), sneaking in for a bite to eat?

This FANTASTIC rocket ship stand was inspired by a DIY tutorial I found on Catch My Party.  Thanks Leslie I!  The only changes I made were the use of tin foil rather than aluminum flashing and scrapbooking paper rather than colored Duct tape.  I also added the Galactic Alliance and Space Ranger logos.

For dessert we made "Delicious Hot Schomes".  Or in this case, cold s'more pops.

Put the marshmallow on a skewer (sharp point snipped off!).  Carefully dunk it in melted milk chocolate, then into graham cracker crumbs.  Then stand it up in a vase so the chocolate hardens a little.  Or...

... just dive right in.

movie snacks
Alien cupcakes, Sheriff cookies, Jessie's hat cookies.

Chocolate coins, aka Pork Bellies.  You know, money from inside Hamm?  ;)

Toy Story fruit snacks and Al's Cheese Curls.

photo booth 
The best part of the night was playing in our photo booth!  I printed out "hats" from the movie and taped them to skewers (again, snip off the points!).  They made perfect photo booth props!

It is *impossible* to get both kids to look at the camera at the same time.  Seriously, impossible.

Feel free to use my food tags!  You'll find them here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Disney's Lilo & Stitch Movie Night

Our 3rd movie night, as we count down to our first family trip to Walt Disney World, was Lilo & Stitch.  I just adore this movie, which made this movie night extra fun!  Ah, who am I kidding?  They're all fun!

crafts & activities
 We made a "palm" tree for our table centerpiece.  For a tutorial to make your own, please click here.

We used green crepe paper, taped to a piece of ribbon, to make our own grass skirts.

 And of course, we had to have Cobra Bubbles to play with.


For appetizers, we enjoyed a large tropical fruit platter and Pudge's Peanut Butter Sushi.  For a tutorial on how to make peanut butter sushi, click here.

For dinner, we enjoyed Stitch's Sweet & Sour Chicken Kebobs and Pleakley's Pilaf.

To wash it down, we had Jumba Juice.  Passion fruit juice.  Yummy!

This cake was even BETTER than it looks!  Lilo's Lava Cake.  I used this amazing recipe at The Pioneer Woman.  Did I mention that it was amazing?  *swoon*

movie snacks

 Though we hardly had room, while we watched the movie, we snacked on Goldfish Crackers, Swedish Fish, Tropical Dried Fruit and homemade Coconut Macaroon.

Peanut Butter Sushi Tutorial

Kids love when food is fun.  And this is fun.  Plus, no "special" ingredients required.  We Mom's love that.

 You'll need bread (1 slice makes 2 rolls), peanut butter and a rolling pin (or soup can, or even your peanut butter jar!).

 Trim the crusts off your bread.  Use your rolling pin and flatten out the bread.

Flat bread.  Doesn't really look any different, does it?  lol

Spread peanut butter on the flattened bread.

Roll 'em up.

 Slice 'em up.  Cut each roll in half.

You may need to trim a little off the outer edges so they stand straight.

Your finished product.  Yummy!  And, fun!

"Palm" Tree Tutorial

Such an adorable addition to your tropical table setting!  And, it's so easy to make.  What could be better?

Trace 12-16 "palms" on green paper.  Regular, light weight copy or construction paper.  If you use anything heavier (like cardstock), they won't hang right.

You'll also need a paper towel tube, one toothpick for each "palm", strips of brown paper (1 1/2 - 2 inches wide), dry floral foam and tape or glue.  Glue would be the better option, but I was short on time so I used tape.

Stick your paper towel tube into the floral foam, as far as you can.  You'll start to get resistance.  At this point stop!  You don't want to crush your tube.  Give it a little twist and it'll break the foam off and into your tube.  You may need to repeat it a couple times so that the foam doesn't just slide down the tube when you press on it.  I had to do it twice.

 Starting at the bottom of your tube (the opposite end from the foam), tape (or glue) the tape.  Wrap the tape up the tube.  Continue with the rest of the paper until you've covered the entire tube.

This is where glue would have been better than tape, as you can see the tape on the outside of my tube in some spots.  Not quite as attractive as glueing would have been.

Tape (or glue) the toothpicks on the back of your "palms".  Then poke them into the foam.  I used the larger "palms" first then built up to the top with the smaller "palms".

Your finished product!