- Pretzel Sticks- fairy wands
- Mini Vanilla Wafers- spinning wheels (Or you could use Honey Comb cereal)
- Marshmallows- pillows for Aurora
- Cheetos- Dragon’s fire
- Hershey Kisses (True Love’s kiss)
- box of cupcake mix and necessary ingredients to make cupcakes
- canned vanilla icing
- yellow food coloring
- Ferrero Rocher hazelnut chocolates unwrapped
- strawberry preserves
- Make the cupcakes as directed on the box and let cool.
- Tint the vanilla frosting yellow and use a small icing tip to pipe the icing “noodles” on the cupcake. If you don’t have icing tips you can put the icing in a ziplock bag and snip the corner of the bag off to make a small opening.
- “Roll” the unwrapped chocolates in a bowl of strawberry preserves until coated. Place one chocolate “meatball” on each cupcake and drizzle remaining preserves over the top of the cupcake for sauce. If you’re having a hard time getting the preserves to drizzle, try heating it for a few second in the microwave to make it thinner.
I have to be honest… Alice in Wonderland is not one of my favorites. While I love Alice, many of the other characters bother me. The White Rabbit is OK, but the silly, crazy, nonsensical, kookiness of the others gets on my last nerve. However, we had to watch this one to keep up with our 2016 Resolution to watch all the animated movies in order.
Alice in Wonderland was released on July 28, 1951. It was not the most popular movie, but people still remember it, talk about it, and enjoy meeting the characters at the Disney parks. There is a fabulous web site with all sorts of information about this movie, how Walt created it and my favorite: the goofs.
For our family movie night, we kept it pretty simple. I had intentionally saved some conversation hearts after Valentine’s Day for this movie night. Those were obviously for the Queen of Hearts. In addition to the candy, we made “Eat Me” cookies (slice and back with piped icing), and Rice Krispy Treats to resemble the Queen’s cards. We literally opened up the Rice Krispy Treats and used gel icing to make the hearts and Q’s. There were several other things we could have done, but we kept it simple.
You can find more Alice in Wonderland ideas from my cousin’s first birthday party or from a virtual baby shower we hosted. Another great idea from the Disney Family site is to make Golden Afternoon Flowers. If you’re watching with an older group, you could always play a game of cards- spades being my favorite.
Last month, we had our second Princess Movie night as part of our Disney Resolution. I thought my boys were going to baulk at the idea of a princess night, but they didn’t! We all enjoyed watching Cinderella and eating yummy snacks!
This movie was released on February 15, 1950. It’s such a classic movie that it literally at the center of Walt Disney World! One of our favorite memories was eating at Cinderella castle and meeting Cinderella. Even though this is a girly, princess movie, my boys loved it. I think Gus, Jaq, and Lucifer helped with that!
For our movie night, we had 2 different snacks: pumpkin pretzels and magic wands. The wands were made with fruit on a bamboo skewers. You could use any fruit that you like, but top it off with a melon you can cut with a star cookie cutter! For the pumpkins, we melted vanilla wafers and added orange coloring. After we dipped the pretzels in the vanilla chocolate, we let them dry on wax paper and added a green M&M mini. These were definitely my favorite!
In addition to snacks and movie watching, families could play dress up as the characters or find coloring sheets. One activity you could do along with watching the movie is play the dress up game on Disney’s web site or have the story read to you.
I finally saw The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad for the first time! This was the twelfth movie in our 2016 Disney Resolution. I was very familiar with the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, the Headless Horseman that starts the “Boo to You” parade at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and the attraction, “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride”, but had never seen this movie. Both of my boys, along with the hubby and I enjoyed this movie. They each were pretty scared at the end of Ichabod’s story and had several questions! They laughed throughout the story of Mr. Toad and enjoyed the scene with the weasels!
This movie was released on October 5, 1949 and was narrated by Bing Crosby. One bit of “trivia” I learned while researching this movie is that the Headless Horseman is the only Disney villain to triumph in the end!
We had fun with the snacks for this movie thanks to Pinterest! I found a cute idea to make “frog” ice cream and Ichibod Trail Mix. The Ice Cream obviously represented Mr. Toad. The Trail Mix was a bit of a stretch for my boys, but they enjoyed it none the less! The contents represented different elements of the movie:
- Apple Chips- representing the autumn harvet
- Mini Chocolate Chips- representing the “sweet” girl, Katrina Van Tassel
- Granola Clusters- representing the schoolmasters sustenance
- Candy Pumpkins- representing the Headless Horseman (these are apparently only around in the fall!)
- Popcorn- for fun
- Pretzels- for fun
The 9th movie in our 2016 Disney Resolution list is Song of the South. This movie was released on November 12, 1946. It’s a story about a young boy, Johnny, who goes with is mom to stay with his grandmother on her plantation. It appears his parents are separating, so dad is not seen much. While on the plantation, Johnny befriends a young African American boy named Toby. The two of them, along with Ginny, a poor white girl, often visit an old African American man named Uncle Remus who tells them the stories of Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear.
We are fortunate to have a friend who owns a DVD copy of the animation/ live action Song of the South. I thought I had seen this as a child, but I don’t think I ever did. I did remember some of the animated parts (there was only 25 minutes of animation) but it may be from old Disney Sing Along movies or the picture book I had as a child.
For our snack, we went with a rabbit theme, which was easy with all the Easter candy out right now! We had chocolate bunnies, bunny peeps, and bunny cheddar crackers.
Overall, we were not thrilled with this movie. My 7 year old hated the live action parts. He only liked the “Splash Mountain” parts! My 3 year old actually did better with it. He liked Johnny and repeatedly talked about the times in the movie when he cried, got in fights, and got hit by the bull!
Rumors I always heard were that the NAACP kept Disney from releasing this movie for home viewing in the USA. After some research, I found this is not the case. The NAACP did not keep Disney from releasing the movie, but they did have this to say, “the production helps to perpetuate a dangerously glorified picture of slavery . . . [the film] unfortunately gives the impression of an idyllic master-slave relationship which is a distortion of the facts.”
The song “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” won an oscar for the best original song and James Baskett, who played Uncle Remus and voiced Br’er Fox, won an honorary academy award in 1948. Walt Disney campaigned for him to him to win the Academy Award, but that didn’t happen. He was able to get him the honorary award and he died three months later.
You can find Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear at Walt Disney World and Disneyland on Splash Mountain. This is one of our favorite rides at Walt Disney World. I think watching the movie may have tainted my son’s view of this ride though… thankfully, he loved the animated parts of Song of the South!
Fun and Fancy Free is actually the 10th movie in our 2016 Disney Movie Resolution. We had to skip Song of the South because we don’t have it… yet. I have a friend who is letting us borrow it soon!
Fun and Fancy Free was released on September 27, 1947 as another Disney “Package Film” (feature-length compilations of shorter segments). This film has two segments: Bongo and Mickey and the Beanstalk. Jiminy Cricket is the host as he walks through a house and comes upon a doll, a bear, and a record player. This begins Bongo- a story about a little circus bear who makes it to the wild and falls in love.
Following Bongo, we see a little girl at a live action birthday party with a man, Edgar Bergen narrating the story of Mickey and the Beanstalk with is two ventriloquist puppets, Mortimer and Charlie. This is basically the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, but with Mickey, Goofy, and Donald. These three are living in Happy Valley where the magic harp, who sings to make the valley happy, is stolen. In desperation, Mickey sells their last cow for 3 magic beans. Donald throws them in anger and they fall down a hole. That night the beans sprout and carry the tiny house, with the three inside, up to Willie the Giant’s castle in the sky.
While I had never seen Bongo, I remember watching, singing along with, and laughing through Mickey and the Beanstalk as a child with my brothers. We loved singing and dancing to Fi Fi Fo Fum and watching the VCR tape in slow motion as Willie sneezes! My boys enjoyed this just as much as I did.
There are so many fun things you can do for dinner with a Fun and Fancy Free Family Movie Night! You could always have a huge feast like you find at Willie’s castle. Pot Roast with Pistachio gravy would be best! 🙂 Or you could try to make a bean sandwich with as thin sliced bread as you can find and a pinto bean cut into slices.
Instead of a dinner, we went with snacks again. In the above photo (taken while the movie was playing) we see Jiminy Cricket with a glass of what seems to be raspberry lemonade and a plate of white birthday cake. We decided to have white Little Debbie cakes and raspberry lemonade. We also had several other “easy” snacks- Pistachios for Willie’s “green gravy”, green beans (yes, my son eats them raw!) for the bean stalk, and chocolate Teddy Grahams for Bongo the bear!
What would you do for a family movie night with Fun and Fancy Free? I’d love to hear in the comments!