Recently some friends and I have started what I hope will be a long-lasting monthly tradition… Disney nights! We’re all big kids at heart who can really appreciate quality kids’ movies, and we enjoy reminiscing on the Disney movies we grew up with. But these aren’t just evenings where we get together and watch a movie. We’re taking it a step further and making it a potluck dinner party, while sprinkling some creative themed fun in there 🙂
While I’m not really into huge parties or anything, I absolutely love getting together with friends and finding an excuse to celebrate in a light-hearted, casual fashion (such as the Nintendo party we had a little while back). There are tons of ideas out there on Disney-themed KIDS parties, but very few ideas for adult gatherings. I’m hoping to change that – I’m sure I’m not the only big kid at heart here!! (Although many of the ideas we use are definitely kid-friendly and would be perfect for a family night or birthday party).
I’ve mentioned this before, but another thing I’ve noticed is that so many ideas out there involve a lot of junk food (sooo many kids parties revolve around pizza, cake and candy after all!). This may not be bad in moderation, and I’m sure this will happen plenty of times during our Disney nights, but I find it a really fun challenge to insert healthier meal and snack ideas into my parties whenever possible. Less guilt after the party, and that also means we can party more often without feeling bad too!
Let’s get started! For our first Disney night, we decided to go with Lady and the Tramp.
We’d decided to watch the movie after we had dinner, so while that was being finished up we hung out and chatted and enjoyed a little salty appetizer: a cheese and meat plate.
At the center was a cheese ball – I mean cheese paw print! – surrounded by sliced summer sausage and crackers. The cheese ball was soft so that you could use it as a spread or make little cracker sandwiches, and it tasted amaaaazing (click here for the recipe we found). You could use almost any food you like for this one, the important thing was the paw print shape to match the theme. Hummus or peanut butter in the center, surrounded by various raw veggies would have been a lighter option for this starter snack.
The choice for dinner was obvious: spaghetti and meatballs of course!!
A classic meal that can be as simple or extravagant as you’d like – and if you really want to go for a lighter dish, you could always make zucchini noodles or use veggie meat balls or whatever you like. My friend and our host made an absolutely delicious plate, it was definitely the star of the show.
After finishing our meal, we then moved into the living room to start the movie… and enjoy our desert.
Again, having fun with the theme, we went with puppy chow! What better way to watch a Disney movie than with crunchy, sweet, chocolatey peanut butter goodness? The (new and unused!) dog bowl added another element of fun, and if you use that you can put whatever dessert or snack you’d like in it. A dog bowl of grapes or other fruit would be a healthier way to have fun with dessert.
And the last thing we had that I probably had a little too much fun with was drinks!
I wanted to incorporate the Siamese cats somewhere, so I got a pack of dry-erase markers and decorated a few mugs with their faces. This was a little trickier than it had sounded, but I’m happy with how they turned out! For the drink itself, I simply had some milk, which both fit the theme and paired well with the puppy chow. You could use soy milk or whatever you prefer – and if you’d like something a bit more grown up, try having almond milk with a splash of vanilla cinnamon Bailey’s.
I had so much fun planning and executing all the fun ideas we had for this party, and I really enjoyed revisiting my childhood! If we continue to do this every month you can bet I will blog about it 🙂 Hope these ideas help!