June is my brother in law Chris’ birthday month so he got to choose the movie for Disney Movie Night. His first time to sing in public was with his childhood BFF Erin to A Whole New World, so Aladdin holds a special place in his heart. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s one awesome animated feature, I mean, it has a magic carpet AND a genie.
For me, the theme always centers around the menu and the tablescape. I’ve been dying to use some glass vases I got at a friend’s yard sale a year ago, so I knew I had to use them and do a bunch of dollar store candles. I wanted to create the luxurious feel and richness of a Sheik’s tent and thought using the vases and candles would be great. I also cut out the movie logo on my Cricut and cut out tiny lamps to cover the nail holes where my painting usually hangs. I had done a circus tent when we did DMN: Dumbo so I wanted to do the same thing and create the Sheik’s tent over the table. I used tablecloths from the dollar store and Jeff lovingly put them up after working a 14 hour day in the heat (this man spoils me). The pictures don’t do it justice, it looks so much more like an actual tent in person, and with all the candles going it was really beautiful.
For the tablescape I wanted to use our hookah, (no it is not a “happy” hookah, only hookah tobacco for you people with hipster minds ) as a centerpiece, so I laid it on a belly dancing skirt and used my dollar store gold chargers and dollar store gold rimmed plates (they usually carry them around Thanksgiving for the holiday season so snatch them up when you see them), for the place settings along with dollar store wine and water glasses, (the gold rimmed water glasses are usually seasonal too), napkins and gold cutlery. I carried over the candle theme from the sideboard with dollar store candles and vases and got sand out of Jacs’ sandbox to represent the sands of time. Along with the candles on the sideboard I used some gold Arabic lamps and vases that my awesome friends, Katelan and Brie, let me borrow, which helped add something besides the clear vases. I also added blue glass bottles I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby to carry over the blue and gold from the tablescape. I figured with being blue I can use them again for the Fourth of July as vases and then in December for DMN: Frozen and Jacs’ birthday party in February. Jeff tells me if we can use it at least twice then I can get it (told y’all I’m
spoiled blessed), so for $6 I had to get them. *I later saw on the Dollar Tree website where they had blue vases online. I wish I had seen that before cause I could have had 6 for the price of one and they also ship free to your local store. Duly noted for next time.
I usually try to decorate the island area in the kitchen along with the dining area, so I created the Agrabah Marketplace with dollar store baskets. I placed them in my fruit stand and used fruit I had on hand. I also repurposed my anniversary flower bouquet to have fresh flowers in the market. I had trinkets and a lamp left over from the sideboard so I used them as goods in the marketplace.
We usually dress up or dress themed for DMN, and I just happened to have an aqua outfit for Jacs that was perfect for Jasmine; I just hiked up her top and showed that cute toddler belly. I also had a $1 black hairpiece headband from the dollar store we had gotten her for her princess dress up, so I tied it like Jasmine’s hair with her ponytail holders and used a $1 pair of Dollar Mania earrings, glued to some headbands we had on hand to make our headpieces. I also had an aqua dress so I figured I would be Jasmine too, so we matched.
Jeff was Aladdin, Chris did an Aladdin nod, Courtnei did an awesome job with the Genie and Donna was Slave Jasmine from the end of the movie.
For Jacs’ crafts/activities I printed out coloring sheets and she had an Aladdin book on hand, so we read that and bought felt from Hobby Lobby (4 for $1) so we made magic carpets for everyone. She was so excited that we got to use glue dots and she had a craft for everyone as they arrived.
As you regular DMN readers know, the best part of the DMN evening (besides the movie, of course,) is our signature cocktail. This month we did an “Arabian Night” made with blue curaçao, guava juice, dark rum and a splash of coconut club soda. It was the color of Jasmine’s outfit and I served it in a dollar store blue stemless glass so it went perfectly with the theme.
By pure chance I came across a lager called Taj Mahal so I had to get one for the guys to spilt, it was just too perfect.
Jasmine and Aladdin are showcased in Morocco in Epcot so I looked up the dining options online and tried to chose a menu that reflected that style of food. I always have appetizers and a signature cocktail to start so we can gather in the kitchen and visit before dinner and the movie viewing. This month we started with hummus, tzatziki and olives served with vegetables, pita chips and fresh naan. I used my dollar store chargers, bowls and picks to continue the gold from the table and earthy wooden picks from the market. If I had seen the movie before I went shopping I would have done “sugared dates and figs”, but alas I didn’t remember that line. Makes it more fun though to wait and watch it all together.
I also sprinkled some feta with spices and heated it in the oven to spread it on the naan, it was delicious!
Chris loves chicken so our main course was chicken kabobs (like ones you would find in the Agrabah Marketplace), roasted pine nut couscous with feta and roasted zucchini with roasted red bell peppers. Baklava would have been perfect for dessert but
I didn’t want to mess with that many layers of phyllo dough I’ve been wanting to make the Mountain Dew apple dumpling recipe I FINALLY found on Pinterest, and I thought incorporating apples from the marketplace would be perfect since that’s how Jasmine and Aladdin meet. They were as amazing as I remembered served over Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream. Yuuummmmmmmm!
Sorry y’all, I didn’t get pictures of the main course or dessert. We were too busy chowing down before I realized I hadn’t gotten a shot. I’ll do better next time, pinky promise.
You can’t do a theme set in the Middle East with a hookah as the centerpiece and NOT fire it up, so Aunt Courtnei brought some watermelon-mint hookah tobacco and we gave it a go while we watched the first part of the movie. Papaw snuggled with Jacs in the living room while we sat around the table. It felt very themed so I, of course, loved it.
Having Aladdin follow up DMN: The Lion King was perfect since it was my favorite DMN till now and I felt like this one came together perfectly, so I avoided the post-perfection slump. Watching Jacs discover some of our favorite movies and moments just doesn’t get any better. Also watching Robin Williams, now that I’m older, I got a few more jokes and smiles than I did as a kid so it was new at some points even to us.
Best part of the evening was watching Jacs snuggle with Nana and Papaw, they were too cute for words (well, a picture is worth a 1000 words so I guess that counts). Perfect night and one more DMN closer to Walt Disney World! Stay tuned next month when we go “To infinity, and beyond“!
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