In this house full of boys we LOVE super hero movies – especially Marvel comic ones. Who am I kidding? Vaeh and I love them too! So I knew that when Avengers came out on DVD I wanted it to be as epic as possible!
My niece and nephew used to come over for movies nights often but now that my nephew is 14 and my niece is 12 and they play numerous sports, it doesn’t happen as often. I was able to lure them over this time though – I just had to use the word “epic” with my niece and the word “food” with my nephew. 😉
We had our first movie night of 2014 and started off with a bang! We’ve been making our way through all the X-Men movies but in chronological order of the story line and not the the movie release dates. Can you say geek much? Lol.
In case you wondering, here is the story line order:
X-Men First Class
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men: The Last Stand
It is always easier to plan a movie night for a movie I’ve already seen and even though I hadn’t seen this for about 4 years, I still remembered it well (how can you forget Hugh Jackman running buck naked through a field?). We’ve been planning on doing this movie night series for a while and I knew that I wanted to find a way to incorporate Wolverine’s claws.
After seeming this, I decided to make a cake that had Wolverine’s claws and also looked like it had been slashed.
Here is the final product:
For the cake: I made two six inch cakes from a white cake mix, layered them and covered them with white buttercream frosting. I made the wolverine claws from folding 3 layers of duck tape in half (onto itself) and cutting the ends into the shape of his claws. I stuck the “claws” into the cake and then used a large serving fork dipped in red gel frosting to make the claw marks. I also splattered a some red gel frosting onto the cake for extra effect.
Here are the kids before we delved into the treat:
Tonight’s movie was Jack the Giant Slayer! For our treat we ate “magic bean seeds” (also known as jelly beans) 😉
I made my own label and glued it to an envelope but check out this adorable label by Kate Illustrates:
Just cut out and paste to an envelope! Easy peasy movie night! (full size here)
Tonight’s movie night is Oz: The Great and Powerful! I am really excited about this movie because I love a lot of the actors in this movie, I like daring and interesting takes on classic stories and my mind was whirling and swirling with fun treat ideas.
Since I didn’t want the kids on a crazy sugar high any more than a normal movie night, I opted to try and keep it simple and went with Over the Rainbow Cupcakes and Emarld City Punch. For the cupcakes, I followed the methodology from Chocolate and Carrots but used a plain white cake mix to make it a little easier (although I think her recipe sounds awesome). And for the punch, I followed a recipe I found at No. 2 Pencil.
I also printed out some masks and activities that I found here.
I found this super cute printable that would be great for so many things. You can get it free here.
Some of the other ideas:
Yellow Brick Road Lemon Squares
Glinda’s Good and Plenty’s
Rainbow Fruit Skewers
Glinda the Good Witch’s Wand
And go HERE to see lots of great Pinterest boards dedicated to all things Oz.
When I asked the big kids if they had any treat ideas for this movie, K-man immediately said, “slurpee!!”. Easy AND yummy – sounds perfect to me. I also made “blue alien popcorn” from this recipe: http://life-should-be-delicious.blogspot.com/2011/07/jello-popcorn.html.
All the kids loved the treats and the movie!
I love it when we find a movie that the kids like and we, the parents, like also. Now that the older kids are getting tweenish we find movies like that a lot more often. Captain America was one of those movies! We tend to be fans of comic book movies but this one was a little different because it is set in 1942. The main character (played by the dreamy Chris Evans) has a lot of heart and good values which I really liked.
We started the night off with pizza that looked like Captain America’s sheild. I bought a pizza from the super market deli, rearranged the pepperonis and added a few more pepperonis where needed and a star shaped piece of mozzarella. We all thought it turned out pretty good! It didn’t look quite as good after I cooked it but it was still easy to tell what it was.
For dessert we had Bomb Pops but there are SO many possibilities! Just think of all the different red, white and blue desserts there are for 4th of July… any of those would work great!
Casper came out when I was in middle school an I loved it! That is when Christina Ricci was WAY cool and Devon Sawa was WAY cute (even if he only appeared in the film for about 30 seconds). One of my best friends (then and now) and I used to hole up in our back family room with magazines and candy weekend and summer night after night talking and watching this movie. That is probably why I could still recite most the movie by heart when I watched it with my kids 16 years later. And I still looked forward to the part when Casper turns into a real boy for only 1/2 of a song and float dances with Cat and says, “Can I keep you?” AHHHHHH!
As with my most recent ongoing theme, this picture is pretty poor quality and even worse, I didn’t even get a picture of just the treats. Ugh!
I used caramel apples covered in tissue paper (wrap the apple in wax paper first) and tied with ribbon to resemble the popular lollipop ghosts. Like this:
For this movie night I made witch hat cookies by “gluing” a Hershey Kiss to a fudge stripe cookie with frosting and adding an orange bow. These cookies were super simple and fit the theme great! I also made a batch and took them to a Halloween party the next night. They were a big hit!
I have to just say, there is something that I really like about Jack Black. He makes me laugh and he plays the “quirky” guy SO well. I have never read the book (ya, I know, I some how bypassed it when in school) so I am not sure how it compares to the book but I thought the movie was cute and the kids really liked it.
Since Gulliver is a giant in his new land, I made lots of mini items for the treat so the kids could feel a little “giant” themselves.
We had mini pizzas, mini pigs in a blanket, mini candy bars, mini chocolate chip cookies (these were my favorite!), mini M & M’s and mini apple pies (those were my hubby’s favorite!).
(Again, I apologize for the bad picture. It has become very clear to me that I need to find a better place to take pics than my messy counter that leaves a glare. And maybe I should experiment with my camera to get better pictures. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them!)
Although I seem to have a hard time finding enough time to post, our movie nights continue on! I have a lot that we have done that haven’t made it up yet so my goal is to get them up over the next couple of weeks. They won’t be in order because, well, honestly, I can’t remember when we did some and I was too busy/lazy/etc to get the pics dated. 🙁 Really though, you probably don’t care WHEN they were done as long as you get to see WHAT was done. 😉
Here to start off a marathon of Family Movie Night posts: The Mask and Tron Legacy
I apologize in advance for the quality of these pictures. I took them on my phone and they didn’t turn out too well. V-Girl had a friend over for this movie night so I made masks for all the kids out of bright green construction paper.
I had the kids face their masks the wrong way. oops! In the pic below L-Monster has his turned the right way. 🙂
For the treats, I topped cupcakes with yellow frosting and wrapped the base in matching paper that had a black stripe at the bottom. I added a black paper “feather” and sat them on a matching circle to make fedora hats just like Jim Carrey wears in the movie.
The picture is pretty bad but I thought the cupcakes turned out good!
It was pretty easy coming up with ideas for this movie since Family Fun Website has a section of treat ideas and printables!
I opted for the Tron Light Cycle Wheelie Pies which were easy to make (this was before Pilsbury came out with a whoopie pie kit which makes it even easier!) and they tasted great. Except that I put in too much frosting. When ever the kids complained of the amount of frosting (and that is usually all they eat) I knew I had gone overboard. LOL. ;p
I told the kids to get dressed in all black and then gave them glow sticks and we were set to start the movie!
We were able to fit in two movie nights this weekend which the kids, of course, thought was the coolest. On Friday night, we watched Alpha and Omega. It is a cute movie about 2 wolves that get relocated from Canada to Idaho and have to try to find their way home.
For the treat, I made wolf cupcakes which I learned how to do from this video. The cupcakes looked kind of Halloween wolf more than friendly cartoon wolf but they followed the theme well and the kids thought they were cool. I meant to make them a light gray color but added to much black coloring gel so they were black wolves.
On Saturday night we watched Little Giants. I wanted to do a football theme since it was Superbowl weekend (which is practically a holiday in our house) and we hadn’t done a football movie yet. I forgot what a good movie this is – I hadn’t seen it in nearly 20 years (yes, I am getting old!). The kids really liked the movie and the treats.
To make the treats, make rice krispie treats using this recipe and shape them into footballs. Dip the tops in chocolate and once the chocolate has set, use white chocolate for the laces and lines.
L-Monster couldn’t have a treat but he was dressed for the occasion! And V-girl has on her hat that we bought at $2.99 sale at Children’s Place and she hasn’t taken off since she got it. She is even sleeping in it tonight.