It really was the BEST DAY EVER! Even though that’s a great line from the movie, it really was the best day ever for me. Not only has Tangled been my favorite DMN décor wise, but the Disney Dining website featured my blog in their article Top 10 Ways to Relive the Disney Magic at Home; and it got sent out in the newsletter that morning. While I was in the kitchen cooking, I heard my email notification go off and I literally squealed. If I’d had enough hair (I’m close volume wise) I would have found the nearest tree and swung in circles just like Rapunzel.
I love sharing our movie nights with y’all. To see that so many people out there were interested enough to click and share our family moments was just awesome. Thank you so much to Sarah with LBAC Travel Dream Vacation Maker and Disney Dining for featuring me, it truly was, and is, humbling and so exciting. I can’t wait to go to Disney in October and get more inspiration for the DMNs to come. But I know you guys didn’t click just to read about me so let’s get down to business…to defeat the Huns – er – wait, that was August’s. On to September and DMN: Tangled!
Let’s face it, most of Disney’s classic princess movies are based in the past. This makes for beautiful settings, and they are my favorites, but besides royal feasts or peasant type foods there really aren’t a lot of options for culinary variety. When looking up ideas, hello Pinterest, I saw a bunch of people use skillets to serve food in. The idea was perfect since that’s a great element of the scene where Rapunzel and Flynn meet.
I started thinking about serving food in skillets and that led me to think about the types of food I could do in my cast iron. The first thing that jumped out at me was Chili’s © skillet queso. No, it’s not the most amazing queso in the world (that’s at Oyster Bar) but you know when someone orders it you can’t help sneaking a chip or two dozen. And with that, the Mexican themed menu was born and I had my idea for the island décor and cocktail hour.
Although I started with the island, my favorite part of the décor, as you regular readers know, is always the sideboard and tablescape. The lanterns are the key part of the movie that brings Rapunzel out of her tower, so they had to be the center of the décor. I saw this pin from Catch My Party and knew I had to use that idea for the background of the sideboard. I used a dollar store purple tablecloth to make the background and took a string of 100 count clear mini Christmas lights behind the tablecloth. Then I cut out rectangles in various sizes from cardstock with my cricut to represent the lanterns. It looks cute in the light but when the sun had gone down and it was time to watch the movie they really gave off a beautiful glow.
Since the lanterns glow, I wanted candles all around to reflect the same feel and thought that could help bring some height to the sideboard. I didn’t want to block the lanterns so I used the candle holders to frame them. I took these dollar store votive holders and hot glued them to dollar store vases. What’s great about using hot glue is when you’re done you can place them in hot water and they’ll come apart; just peel the glue off and you’re back to square one for new events and movie nights.
Then I took sheets of white velum ($0.25 per sheet) cut in half and placed them in the vases; it was great to hide the candle (I used LED tea lights for safety) and gave it a subtle glow. I used the sun symbol from the lanterns to bring some color to the candleholders and to bring the lantern theme full circle. I used my cricut craftroom to weld sun shapes together to make the symbol and then cut two circles and pulled out the outer circle to make it match the movie. At first I was going to cut them out of card stock but I had some yellow vinyl and knew that using my transfer tape would make it easier for the vases so I used that. I used less than half a sheet and the sheets are $1.99. I was so happy I did this cause it made it SO much easier to keep the shape and circle straight. I also reused my transfer tape so that was pennies and totally worth it.
For something low height-wise to complete the sideboard, I took one of my grandmother’s crystal pieces I was handed down and filled it with water and placed candles in it. I wanted to use floating candles with the floating lanterns, but the Dollar Tree where I was didn’t carry them. I had white votives on hand, so, I just used those. It really wasn’t noticeable, so I was happy I didn’t spend the extra money and time going to the craft store. I colored the water purple to reflect the backdrop; and I think that really helped. I did see some Dollar Tree plastic crystal dishes I could have used instead of my grandmother’s but it’s always better to use things on hand; and it’s nice having her be a part of our DMNs even though she’s in Heaven.
With the sideboard being the focal point and my (yet to be seen) Rapunzel’s hair décor being so busy I wanted to keep the tablescape relatively simple. I used my dollar store chargers and used purple dollar store paper plates versus dinner plates. The food was casual enough to use paper and I thought the pop of purple was really nice to break up all the gold and glass. I had dollar store gold napkins left from DMN: Beauty and the Beast; so I used them and dollar store purple flatware. For some extra fun with the flatware, I wrapped them in a piece of hair from dollar store dress-up hair. (Before you get grossed out I had flatware for us to use that wasn’t wrapped in hair, I just used those for decorating purposes.)
To round out the setting, I used my dollar store wine glasses and mod-podged a dollar store purple napkin to the bottom for extra purple pop. It’s such a great way to personalize glasses for pennies and simply washes off in warm water so it’s a win-win. I also wanted to bring in the sun theme to the tablescape so I added the sun vinyl to the glasses and with the purple they were really beautiful. The vinyl had a few creases since the glasses are more bowl shaped than the candle holders but they still looked great so I couldn’t complain. I also added water glasses since there were going to be spicy foods, plus with margaritas and wine you want to stay hydrated. For a simple centerpiece, I used my smallest cast-iron skillet and filled it with dollar store moss and cut off a lily blossom from Hobby Lobby and used that as the Rapunzel flower. I also added two more candle holders with the sun vinyl to the table so the candle theme would carry to the table and fill out the tablescape.
Usually my decorating is sideboard, tablescape and the kitchen island, but, with Rapunzel it couldn’t just begin and end there. Her hair is the center of the movie and so I HAD to include it; this has to be my favorite part of the décor! I wanted the feel of her hair just being everywhere so I took a roll of yellow tablecloth from Hobby Lobby ($8.99 once I used my coupon) and started at my front door and strung it wherever I could reach.
With Ivy’s help, so I wouldn’t break my neck, I threaded it through and around the dining room light fixture, then over to the hutch, then around the island fixture, through the island cabinets, and back to the dining fixture. I still had more left but it was the perfect place to end where you couldn’t see the ending seam. I also had some plans outside for some hair so I was glad I had some left over. I love where the children braid her hair and put flowers in it so I got some dollar store flowers and pulled the blooms off and glue dotted them to the tablecloth. I was surprised they stayed really well and were still on 48 hours later when I took it down. It was so pretty and fun, (so) I couldn’t bring myself to do it until Sunday. #yesIknowIamweird
Outside I wound the hair around the columns and through the hand rail. I didn’t want to put the flowers on out there because it was rainy and humid so I didn’t think they would stay. I was out of printer ink so I got Ivy to print out the Wanted Flynn posters I found on Google image search and put them on the columns. I usually print them on cardstock but they were on paper so I didn’t get a good shot of both but you get the idea. It was so great to set the mood when everyone arrived and it prepared them for what might be on the inside.
With Rapunzel being the focus throughout the house I thought it would be fun to center in on Flynn and the gang for the kitchen island and recreate the Snuggly Duckling. After all, we have the signature cocktail and apps there so a “pub” was perfect. I knew I wanted to do the sign out front but I am not an artist. I can cut out some cardstock with my cricut, but that’s the end of my artistic abilities. Fortunately my life-long friend, Rebekah Patteson, is amazing and can do anything. She literally does everything from painting murals to crocheting to incredibly crafted cakes. Now you know why I keep her in my arsenal, it pays to have crafty and talented friends, I hang around her hoping it will rub off.
So, when I knew I wanted the sign I thought she might come over for a crafting afternoon and help. I intended to cut shapes out with the cricut and her do the wood but I had paint colors so she said she would just do it by hand. With a pencil, ruler, and plate and cup for the round parts, she painted and cut this out of dollar store poster board! She is amazing!! All I had to do was cut the name out of cardstock and we had the most amazing replica of the Snuggly Duckling sign. With the sign and Rapunzel’s hair through the island, I added a WANTED poster of Flynn and thought that completed the look.
With an amazing sign we had to have a great cocktail to match, and this one was super fun. What goes better with Mexican food than a good old margarita, right? Well, while that’s yummy, it’s not a signature cocktail. Return readers know that we always have a signature cocktail along with our themed menu, so, I had to theme this margarita to match. We normally make our margaritas from scratch with lime juice and agave on the rocks. I had some pomegranate schnapps from a party so I thought I’d add some to the margarita and see if it would be purple for Rapunzel. It turned bright pink. While searching under the bar I found some Blue Curacao from the Arabian Night cocktail from DMN: Aladdin, so, I added that; instead of turning it purple (kindergarten lied to me about colors) it turned black. Y’all know how my crazy mind works so I let out a “Ha!” and Mother Gothel’s Black Heart Margarita was born. I served it on the rocks in my dollar store margarita glasses; I also mod-podged the bottom of the glasses with a black napkin to emphasize its color.
Since we were eating the skillet queso at the island, I wanted to set out plates and napkins ,so, to keep the skillet theme going I cut out handles with my cricut Craftroom and glue dotted them to my small dollar store plates. They really looked like skillets with the handles and were a hit. They also matched well with my guacamole bowls I found there 2 for $1. I made my homemade restaurant style salsa, cubed up some avocado and bought some store bought guacamole to go with the chips and main course. I make a killer avocado tomatillo salsa, but the store was out of tomatillos, so, the guacamole was my back up. I’ll have to share my recipe for you guys once I nail down the ratio. I’m more of a Rachael Ray style measurer and go by look and taste but I will get it nailed down for you soon. I also turned my cookbook to a guacamole recipe so it would be in keeping with the theme, but block my Ninja and Cuisinart.
Since everything else is themed we try and dressed themed too, Disneybound on Pinterest is a great tool for seeing how you can do an homage to a character without doing an actual costume. For DMN: Tangled Jacs and were Rapunzel, I’ve got the hair for it and I couldn’t resist putting Jacs in the dollar store wig. I took Jacs’ flower clips for her pigtails and clipped them on the wig and in my hair. Jeff was Maximus, Donna (Nana) was Mother Gothel, she had the perfect top, Uncle Chris was Flynn, and Papaw was Pascal.
Along with always dressing themed, I always have a craft or activity for Jacs to do while the adults are visiting and eating their apps. This DMN I really lucked out! Jacs is obsessed with loves puzzles and I found a Rapunzel puzzle that you color yourself at the dollar store, it was kismet I tell you, kismet! Plus, while I was getting the blonde hair for Jacs on the toy/dress-up isle, I came across this kitchen play set that had a skillet with it! I had to get it to go with our skillet theme and I put the other pieces in Jacs’ tea time/kitchen box in her room. I also got her a new water color set; but, at the last minute, I didn’t add it to the activities since she tends to get them all over herself and we have to get a bath afterwards. We’ll just keep that one for next time.
The adults also had an activity. We took dollar store yellow streamers and had the guys hold one end and then spin around seeing who could wrap themselves in “Rapunzel’s hair” the fastest. It was so funny cause Jeff is super competitive and got super dizzy from turning so fast. We won, but Jeff was cross-eyed for a few minutes, glad we only had one margarita!
I was pregnant the first time I saw Tangled and fell in love with the lanterns filling the sky. I wanted to do the same for Jacs so every year on Jacs’ birthday we light lanterns and watch them float into the sky. We do as many lanterns as she is old and I can’t wait to see them fill the sky more and more as she grows. It’s such a neat treat to watch so since we were doing Tangled and I have a plethora of lanterns thanks to a Groupon, I thought we would light one after the appetizers in honor of Jacs and Rapunzel. I’m so glad we did cause it’s always so cool to watch them glow, there’s something about them that’s magical. Or at least me playing “When You Wish Upon A Star” while we lit it and watched it fly was magical, it reminded me of Disney World and Wishes. Can’t believe we are one DMN (DMN: Cinderella) from Disney after counting for 499 days!
After we watched the lantern till it was out of site, we came in for the main course and dessert. In keeping with the skillet and Mexican themes we did skillet nachos using my salsa chicken recipe with two different cheeses, a Monterey Jack cheese and a 4 cheese Mexican blend. Since we were going to be eating queso, chips and salsa beforehand, I kept the sides to a minimum with both refried and black beans. I thought about doing this sour cream Mexican rice recipe but I wanted everyone to save room for the amazing dessert I created.
This is the recipe I am most excited about. I think it’s my favorite so far, it came pretty close to the sticky toffee pudding from DMN: The Sword in the Stone, but this one is my weakness; skillet cookie. You know I had to do it, it was either a skillet cookie or a skillet brownie to carry through the theme, and since Rapunzel is not a brunette but a blonde, I did a blondie. (Thank you for the idea Rebekah Patteson!) I was originally going to do a skillet chocolate chip cookie but my brilliant and talented friend suggested blondie vs chocolate. #genius I used my own recipe for the cookie but I used this recipe for the sauce from Pinterest and it was the perfect match. The oatmeal in the cookie stood up well to the sweetness of the ice cream and the richness of the sauce. I will definitely be making this one again!
After dessert I surprised Jacs with a new pair of Rapunzel pajamas. She had out grown her warm pjs from last year so I had an excuse to buy themed pjs from the Disney Store online when they had a sale. She eventually took off the top, since it still feels like summer here, but she had her princess hat on so it still seemed fitting. At some point while snuggling with Papaw he ended up wearing the princess hat instead of her; you can tell she’s loved, I doubt he would have done that for anyone else. It really was the best day ever, another evening of priceless moments and making great memories with the family. It’s what Disney Movie Night is all about. Stay tuned next month for our final DMN before our trip to Walt Disney World, DMN: Cinderella!
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