For our first Christmas movie night, a DIOB Facebook fan suggested Elf. I love this movie and knew we could have a lot of fun with it. And we did!
I turned our living room into a candy cane forest (I'm not sure how noticeable they are, but there are two giant candy canes on either side of the entertainment center).
Here's a close-up of the printable I had up there.
We put window clings on the family pictures we have above the couch.
We had Coney Island chili dogs and Elf Elbow macaroni and cheese. For snacks we had Keebler Elf cookies
and a variety of sugar.
The quote on the card is from the movie and says "We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup!" And no, we didn't actually eat any syrup. It was just a prop. ;)
Aaron had the "World's Best Cup of Coffee."
I would have, too, but my stomach still just wasn't feeling it. This would be SO fun to have a coffee and hot chocolate bar with different creamers, marshmallows, etc. to put in.
Other really cute ideas would be to eat spaghetti for dinner since that's what the family is having the first night they have Buddy there. A snack idea I really wanted to do but just didn't have the energy for yet was to make cupcakes with maple buttercream frosting (my friend Jamie at Momma's Playground gave me a recipe and it is very good). Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes with a small piping tip to make it look like spaghetti. Then you have "spaghetti" with a maple syrup flavor (if you haven't seen the movie yet, Buddy eats his spaghetti with syrup on it. Also, you should go watch it. We really like it). :)
Okay, so we didn't do anything related to the movie because what Ashlyn REALLY wanted to do was decorate her room for Christmas. So I got together all the decorations she's picked out at places like the Dollar Tree the past couple of years and she decorated her little heart out. :) We did sing a couple of Christmas carols, actually. So that goes with the quote "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."
Another activity I really wish I thought about in advance is to make a gingerbread house! It is one of the things Buddy says he wants to do with his dad, so this would be an awesome thing to do for this movie night.
We will be having 2 more Christmas movie nights over the next few weeks. One will be Polar Express, but I need help from you deciding on the third. What are some of your favorite Christmas movies you would like some ideas for?