November 20, 2013

Family Movie Night: The Little Mermaid

Ladies and Gents, this is the easiest family movie night we’ve ever done. It is the perfect little bit of every day magic to push into your busy schedule without needing too much time and effort.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid was a staple while I was growing up. My little sister loved Ariel and actually got to the point where she carted forks around and called them dinglehoppers. I was mortified as a teenager, but looking back it was awfully cute.

The little girls found Ursela a little creepy, but I kind of have a little thing for Villains and Ursula is a good one.  I really like the slightly risque edge to Ursula’s “Poor Unfortunate Souls” where she tells Ariel to use her body language to catch her man.

The Menu

Les Poissons (or Fish Sticks)

Sea Shells and Cheese (I used boxed velveeta shells and cheese.  Yum!)

Sea Cucumbers

But, not real ones.  They’re really ugly and I don’t think I’d be able to ever eat them.  Maybe if I was super hungry.

 

Dessert

Sand Dollar Cookies

Simple.  So so simple and actually pretty, too.

We used one package of Pillsbury sugar cookies (not the roll of dough, but 12 pack of individual cookies).  Bake according to directions.  Ice with white frosting (I used a decorator tube, but even white cake frosting would work for this) and used slivered almonds to make the star on top.

Activity

I went super easy and turned to the internet for Little Mermaid coloring sheets.  Baby Bee opted not to color, but the Princess, Littlebit and I colored while we waited for our super gourmet dinner to be done cooking.  Coloring is one of my favorite activities to do with the girls.  It is usually quiet, encourages creativity and helps out the old fine motor skills.

 

At only 83 minutes, The Little Mermaid isn’t too much of a time commitment, so you can pop it on after supper and be done by bath time.

 

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