Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tangled Movie Night

I have so much fun planning our movie nights! I chose to base this one around the movie Tangled. We have less then a month until our trip to Disneyland and we're dressing HD and Little Man up as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider when we go. So I had to sneak this movie in somewhere. And for some reason, despite the numerous times the movies been played at our house, Mr. has never seen the ending. And as a fun coincidence, when HD was cutting a link off her count down to Disneyland chain, the link featured Rapunzel and Pascal. Perfect and unplanned!    
The kids like the menus for our movie nights so I made a set for Tangled. I used the cute movie tickets from Momma's Playground. I've used them before and think they are darling!  
I splurged and bought a Tangled table cloth this time around at Zurchers. It added a cute touch and made our painting crafts easy to clean up.
HD has a set of candles that light up and change color. She got them for Christmas and uses them as a night light. (I don't recommend this though because these things run through batteries like crazy. We had to switch to rechargeable and still have to charge them every 24-48 hours.) But they're perfect for this. I added a sun to each of them and then lit them up to glow purple. We turned them on while we ate dinner.   
While at the Disney store this week I let the kids each choose one item. HD wanted a stuffed animal but, since she has SO many already, I encouraged her to choose something else. She settled on a figurine play set. Added bonus for this, is that she can take the figures along for our drive to Disneyland. I put them on the table next to the candles.
Easy themed table decor!
Paging Super Mom offers a free template for these cute banners! I added some yellow ribbon to them and attached them to each of our chairs.
I came across several party websites on Pinterest featuring this cute idea! Basically you use black paper plates to create a frying pan. Super simple and super cheap since I bought the plates at Dollar Tree. Plus it makes clean up at the end of the meal a snap and I have lots left over for crafts, picnics, etc.
I found several websites featuring hanging lanterns and thought they'd be super cute above the table. I went with purple but, in hind site, would have gone with a light yellow or white so that glow sticks inside would work. I attempted to put some in mine but the lanterns were too dark and too big to notice them. My favorite lanterns were from a shop I found on Etsy and a post at Catch My Party.  
I used two shades of purple for the lanterns and made some square and some cylinder. I then glued a yellow sun to each one, hole punched both sides and hung them using yellow ribbon.
I wrapped our utensils up with a candy necklace featuring Rapunzel's tiara.
This is what each of our place settings looked like.
I created a label for our glasses in Microsoft word. I chose to use the chalk art that Rapunzel creates at the Festival. I finished the glasses off by using purple straws.
I used a combination of Waltograph font and Tangled font. The tangled font is not complete and does not have all the uppercase letters. Plus some of the lower case letters get cut off in funny places when used. So I used a combination of the two.  
For dinner we had Rapunzel's angel hair cheesy pasta. I found the recipe at Tied up with String. I left out the goat cheese and doubled the sauce and it was delicious! We also had Festival braided hair bread sticks and Maximus' apples. We drank magical golden flower juice (lemonade) and then had Pascal's paint brushes for dessert.
Our crafts for the night were to color the Corona sun, paint like Rapunzel and color Tangled pictures. Then we played hide and seek with Pascal and had to untangle Rapunzel's hair.
I served the bread sticks on a cast iron skillet.
Dinner was great! And yes Little Man is wearing a pink knit hat - it's name is Kitty. Don't ask...
Then it was time to enjoy Pascal's paint brushes. (Rice Krispie treats with colored chocolate on them. I used a short cut by buying the prepackaged ones.)
HD was so excited to be able to eat one! She helped me make them and had already chosen hers.
Little Man called them yummy otter pops and ate all the chocolate off and only a bit of the rice krispie treat.
I also made some yummy Tangled popcorn to enjoy during our movie. I saw this featured on
After dinner we started our crafts. I picked up these suns at Micheal's for $1 each. The kids got to color them.
I also bought these canvases at Michael's. They were having a 50% off sale on the two pack. I taped their initials on to the canvases before they started painting.
They also colored some Tangled pictures I printed off from the Internet.
HD went straight to work painting.
Little Man LOVED painting.
HD insists on rinsing her paint brush with water between colors. Her paint ended up pretty thin.  
We put the paintings aside to dry and pulled out the crayons. HD went straight to work coloring but Little Man discovered the candy bracelet and decided that was more fun.
Then it was time to play hide and seek with Pascal. I printed him off from and had HD color him. I had the kids wait in the kitchen and then I hid him in the living room. HD LOVED this game and played it many times.
Mr played hide and seek with them for a bit while I got the next activity set up. I took yellow crepe paper (Rapunzel's hair) and wrapped it all over the kitchen and then into the living room.
The next time HD found Pascal she was instructed to help him untangle Rapunzel's hair.
Then it was movie time!
After the movie we pulled the tape off of the canvases so the kids could see their initials. HD had used so much water that the paint had bled through a bit. It was still really cute. Her painting looks like it has yellow lanterns.

For all blogs and websites that inspired my movie night please visit my Tangled Movie Night board on Pinterest.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Planes Movie Night

Mr. was out of town last week on a snowmobile trip, so we postponed our movie night. It almost didn't happen this week because I came down with a yucky cold bug and wasn't sure if I'd manage to get everything ready in time. Hooray...I did! Our Planes movie night was so much fun too! Mr. thinks it was the best one yet.
I had a hard time coming up with our meal option. I like the idea of sitting around the table eating together. However, I came across several wonderful ideas on Pinterest that were themed around eating during the movie. I combined a few ideas and decided to let the kids eat an "in flight meal" while sitting in airplanes that they helped construct from cardboard boxes. It worked out perfectly and the kids LOVED it! I created our movie tickets and printed out our menu and activity list. I only printed one menu this time since we weren't going to use them as table settings. Please see my Planes pinterest board for all the wonderful blogs and posts that inspired me in creating this movie night!  
I used a Planes movie poster for the cover of our menu.
I made our menus using eagle-book font.  
Besides cutting our sandwiches into airplanes shapes, I themed our food by naming them after things in the movie. Our Doritos became El Chupacabra's flavored tortilla chips, etc.
I planned three crafts and two activities. We were going to make airplanes out of clothespins, color pictures of Planes characters, and fold paper airplanes. Then we were going to have a paper airplane throwing contest and attend pilot training school. The kids needed to earn their pilot badge so they could fly in their planes during the movie.  
The back of the cover was another Planes movie poster.
I threw up some simple d├ęcor by printing Planes characters from and attaching them to some paper tissue balls I'd picked up at Walmart. The idea was to have it look like they were flying among the clouds.
I came across the idea of cardboard airplanes on The Pinning Mama and loved it. HD chose a small box for herself and nothing could convince her that a bigger box might be more comfortable. HD chose to paint her box red after helping cut out the wings and then she chose to color, paint and add glitter to it. Little Man didn't really care much so I had Mr. paint the box whatever color he chose. Mr. painted it blue and added silver stripes to it.  
HD was insistent that I not cut off the sides to redesign the wings of her plane. I think her plane resembles a Manta.
The kid's sandwiches were cut into the shape of planes using one of our many cookie cutters. I have quite the collection going but most have never actually been used to make cookies. I made Mr. and I some more spruced up sandwiches since I felt bad feeding my husband a sandwich for dinner.
I found these cute water bottles a while back at Family Dollar. I added the planes logo to them and then used to create the 'Pilot Fuel' wording. I downloaded the blank planes wings and read instructions on how to use flamingtext from Great Kids Birthday Parties.  
While Little Man was napping I made our Cloud Jell-O and packed our In Flight Meals. I found the recipe for Sky Jell-O on Anastasia's Palace. It was pretty easy to make. While mine is not nearly as pretty as Anastasia's, it works right?
Using the wings I downloaded from Great Kids Birthday Parties, I created a label for our meals. I taped it to the lid of our Tupperware boxes.
For dinner we had Wings Around the Globe aerodynamic sandwiches (PB&J in the shape of a plane), Dusty's crop dusted fruits and vegetables, Navigation antenna cheese sticks, and El Chupacabra's flavored tortilla chips. We had Pilot Fuel (ice water) to drink and Cloud Jell-O for dessert.  
Simple but very fun!
I also added a toy plane to each of our meals. I think I found these cuties at Target.
I made each of the kids a pair of wings using felt. These were for our Pilot Training. I came across the idea for these on Make Life Lovely. I used her pattern to create Dusty wings for HD. Then I decided to make some El Chupacabra themed ones for Little Man.
HD was so excited to have her own wings!
When Little Man woke up from his nap, I decided to take advantage of our strangely warmer weather, and head outside for Pilot Training.
The kids had to work on their turns by zig zagging through cones, around the tree,  and then back through the cones.
They had to work on flying nice and steady by walking along a balance beam. We also worked on taking off and landing.
When they completed their training they earned their pilot badge. I ran across these cute Yazzles at Walmart. They light up and glow red, blue and green when pressed.  
HD is officially a pilot!
Next came folding paper airplanes. The kids weren't at all interested in this so I put Mr. to work while the kids colored.  I found these here.
HD and Little Man colored their character pictures and then colored some clothespins.
Once the clothespins were colored, I had them choose which wings they wanted on their planes. Then I attached them using a hot glue gun.
Once our crafts were done, we headed for the basement to fly our paper airplanes. We each chose a character to fly and took turns throwing them. Mr. won the first time for throwing his the farthest, then HD won. Then we all threw them together to see which plane would cross our imaginary finish line first. Mr. won again.
Then it was time to watch our movie!
Little Man was so excited when we opened his meal. He liked the plane sandwiches and toy.
HD was also excited to discover a toy plane in her box!
The kids enjoyed sitting in their planes and eating while watching the movie. I did lay down a blanket for easy clean up.
Even our dog was excited to watch the movie.
Go Dusty!!
Mr. snuck his plane onto the wing tip of HD's plane while she wasn't looking. She was so excited when she discovered that it had flown over.
After the kids had eaten I surprised them with Planes gummies I'd found at Dollar Tree. Little Man loved putting the stickers all over his plane.