Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Last summer my mother gifted us an outdoor television. It was incredibly generous of her and felt very extravagant. Our good friend Jeremy, who just happens to be an AV guy, mounted it on a moveable stand so that we could wheel the T.V down to the pool for truly indulgent summer days. Though the thought was there, we never actually followed through and hadn’t used the T.V once. We moved it inside during the winter months where it sat idly by waiting for it’s day in the sun. When the weather finally turned sunny and warm I decided to put our gift to good use and arranged our first ever outdoor family and friends movie night.
I had seen plenty of fun outdoor movie night ideas on Pinterest and had been longing to host one of my own. The sad fact that we had yet to use our super fancy outdoor T.V was all the motivation I needed to start planning. The kids loved the idea of it and were the most impressed so I geared the whole night towards them.
I chose the old classic movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks, one of my childhood favorites, as our entertainment for the evening. I loved the idea of introducing my kids and their friends to a Disney classic and was excited to watch it myself seeing as it had been years since I last saw it.
I found a bunch of great finger food recipes on Pinterest that I knew would be perfect for eating off plates held in little laps. Next time I host movie night I’ll skip serving dinner and just go straight for the popcorn and candy, but for the first one I wanted to really go for it. I loved the idea of these mac and cheese bites for their kid friendliness and ease of preparation. I doubled the recipe and did them in regular sized muffin tins. They were so good everybody had at least two!
The next recipe I decided to try were these incredibly delicious mini corn dogs. They looked so good on Jo Cooks blog and they did not disappoint. I was also able to prep these bad boys a day in advance which was incredibly useful. In fact, I did everything the day before and then only had to turn the oven on, heat up the oil and get everything baked, fried or cooked moments before my guests arrived. The corn dogs took only moments to prepare and fried up in no time at all. They were a big hit with everyone and went quick.
The last tasty treat on the menu were these super simple pizza pinwheels. Josh was a huge help with this one and whipped them up in about 10 minutes. Again we did them the day before and stuck them in the freezer overnight. I took them out the next morning and let them thaw a bit in the fridge before slicing and baking. I forgot to pick up ranch dressing which would have made these even more perfect but everyone seemed pretty pleased with having just the marinara sauce to dip them in. My niece Madison ate nine of them. That’s right nine. I wouldn’t recommend it though, she felt pretty sick afterwards.
One of my favorite things about going to the movies is the plethora of candy choices. My go-to candies are junior mints and milk duds. I usually indulge in both so I have enough sustenance to get me through a two hour movie. I decided that a candy cart would be the perfect dessert for movie night and went all out in stocking up on choices. Honestly I went a little too far and have so much candy left over it’ll last me through the rest of the summer and probably well into the fall. Which is a problem since I can’t seem to stop myself from grabbing a handful every time I pass by it. The baby growing inside me is a big M&M’s fan, however momma needs to be careful about putting on too much pregnancy weight. Not only for my upcoming T.V show, but more importantly, for mine and the babies health. I’ll be honest though, it is DAMN HARD to resist!
I also made homemade sparkling lemonade and used vinegar shrubs for added flavoring. They were the perfect summer evening refresher and the kids loved that they could choose their own flavors.
I knew I had plenty of sweets with the candy cart but I couldn’t resist making these easy and divine oven baked s’mores. Again I used my regular sized muffin tin and made the graham cracker crust the day before. They are a cinch to assemble and baked up in about 8 minutes. By the time I brought them out everyone was pretty stuffed on candy and sweets but no one could resist trying one.
Our outdoor movie night was a huge success and I’m already planning the next one. Like I said I may skip the dinner options and just stick with candy and popcorn. Though I’m guessing I’ll find a bunch more recipes on Pinterest I’m dying to try so who knows, I may just go all out all over again!