Family Dinner and Movie Theme Night

by Mariel on May 12, 2011

My kids are always itching to do something fun.  I don’t blame them, so am I.  Bike rides, theme parks, bowling, laser tag, you name it.  Fun is great.  But, sometimes Mom and Dad are lacking in the energy department.  One of the easiest, most non-energy-needing ways to perk up my gloomy kids is to announce “movie night!”  They totally go for it and continue thinking we’re the best parents, ever. Suckas.

Even better than plain ole “movie night,” is “dinner and movie THEME night.”  Oh, yeah.

It’s really simple…come up with a movie, a dinner menu to match, and gather the family around the coffee table (or set up some tv tables) and grub away while you enjoy some great entertainment.

I have a few ideas for you:

1.  Napoleon Dynamite – Serve a variety of quesadillas!  But, make sure you say it the Napoleon way, “quesadiLLa”, instead of the ‘y’ sound.  For the man of the house, fry him up a nice hunk of steak.

2.  The Three Amigos -  This is a perfect movie for Mexican food!  An easy and authentic Mexican meal that I super love is Enchiladas Verde de Pollo.

3.  The Parent Trap – There are a few ways you could do this:  Italian food AND/OR have the kids make the food for the family, OR do camping food.  My kids love Stuffed Shells, or if you went with the camping theme, maybe tin foil dinners (cooked in the oven), microwave s’mores, or dutch oven peach cobbler.

4.  The Incredible Shrinking Woman -  Remember this movie?!?  Loved it.  It would be perfect to watch while eating mini food, such as:  mini-hamburgers, mini-pizza (one rhodes roll works perfect!), mini hot dogs (lil smokies wrapped in cut bread), mini tacos (cut tortillas into small circles for the shells).  You could also add any variety of small foods as sides (grapes, peas, cut-up jell-o, corn, etc.)

5.  The War (Kevin Costner & Elijah Wood) – This is my personal favorite family movie…about neighbor kids fighting over a tree house.  It teaches such a good lesson that could bring about a great family conversation.  It’s set in the South, so any sort of southern comfort food would be perfect.  May I suggest a super easy (and yummy) Chicken Pot Pie and Buttermilk Cornbread.

If you’re too pooped for movie night, you can pop in The Princess Bride, serve grape Nyquil in the cups and tell the kids that some of them contain poison, some grape juice.  They can trade them amongst each other and then drink.  Of course, all said cups will contain Nyquil.  Carry the kids to bed and enjoy the peace and quiet.  …just teasin, bad idea.

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