I think one of the hardest things about loving Disney World so much is living far away from the happiest place on Earth. My daughter and I start planning our next trip the day we get home. Planning the next trip always seemed to be the only thing that kept us from falling into a Disney-deprived depression. I have tried to find ways to make the withdrawal easier on both of us.
We visit the Disney website, go to our local Disney store, we play Disney games…but the most fun and effective method for curing the Disney blues for us has been our weekly Disney movie nights! Every week we alternate picking one of our favorite Disney movies and we create an entire night out of the theme. Sometimes we make an entire meal and sometimes it’s just snacks.
My daughter is in charge of creating cool decorations to make us feel like we are immersed in the movie. This allows her not only to have a big part in the fun but also gives her a reason to use her amazing imagination. Since we do this every week it also gives us something to look forward to and plan…which in turn takes away from the extremely long countdown to our next trip. And as each week passes we get closer and closer to going back “home”.
You don’t have to be super creative to prepare these Disney movie nights at home, and you definitely don’t have to be an experienced cake decorator like me to make these treats. In fact, I will show you how to do a simple and fun theme that won’t kill your budget or give you a creative breakdown induced headache!
On one of our most recent Disney movie nights we chose to watch Disney Pixar’s “Up”. This is one of my personal favorites and we had a blast putting it together. My daughter made tons of balloons and decorated the whole living room with them. There were so many I started to think we might float away with Carl and Russell! I made a dinner that consisted of hot dogs (or Dug’s Dogs as I called them) along with two very yummy desserts: Sky Jello (recipe below), and Carl’s Sugar Cookie Balloons. We ALWAYS make sure to have popcorn (we make it in a pot with olive oil for a healthier snack option). And I always name it…this time it was Kevin’s Poppin Corn!
If you try this theme out please let me know what you think in the comments below! And look out for more Disney (and non-Disney) movie night themes in the future!
Sky Jello (makes 4 servings):
- Two packages berry blue Instant Jell-O
- One tub of Cool Whip
- Make jello according to package directions (prepare the day before if possible to allow time to firm, If making same day be sure to add ice to the cold water to speed firming)
- Use a fork to “break up” the jello after it has firmed.
- Place a thin uneven layer of jello on the bottom of each glass. Place a scoop of cool whip on one side in the shape of a cloud (be sure it is up against the side of the glass.
- Keep alternating jello and cool whip to get desired effect.
- Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Contributed by Bianca Medina – Sugar Sweet Single Mom