Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Kung Fu Panda Holiday family movie night #couchcritics

Every Friday night I try to do a family movie night to celebrate the end of another night. We usually have an easy dinner so I'm not in the kitchen all evening, a fun dessert or movie snacks, and a movie that the whole family can enjoy. This week we had the opportunity to review the new Kung Fu Panda Holiday DVD from Redbox for the Couch Critics website.
Part of the assignment was to host a fun movie-themed family night for less than $25. My original plan was to make a whole bunch of candy sushi. After thinking about it for a while I decided that sushi is a Japanese treat and I didn't think it was appropriate for a movie that's about Chinese animals. Even though I knew my kids wouldn't really care, I wanted to be more accurate.

I thought about some of the foods from the other Kung Fu Panda movies we've seen. I knew that Po loved dumplings - really, who doesn't? I also knew that Po's father, Mr. Ping, owned a noodle restaurant. We could have easily had those things for dinner, but I wanted dessert, so I got a little creative! We picked out a few things that I thought would make a fun dessert table.

At home I whipped up some fun place cards to make our dessert table even more festive. After dinner I set out our treats, and completed the theme with chopsticks. The kids got a kick out of the names of each dish and they loved trying to eat their dessert with chopsticks.
Here's a close-up of each dish. These would also be great for a Kung Fu Panda-themed birthday party as well. They would look great next to some panda cupcakes and other fun birthday desserts.
The kids filled up their plates and enjoyed their treats in front of the TV. The Kung Fu Panda Holiday DVD is actually a collection of three animated shorts, each having a very meaningful lesson in the end. The kids loved the action scenes, and there was plenty of comic relief for the adults too. The fact that is was broken up into several shorter films was also great for keeping the attention of my three year old.

You can read more of my review on the Couch Critics website. Don't forget to connect with Redbox on Twitter and Facebook for deals and info on new releases. And for more pictures of our movie night, check out our Google+ story.

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2 comments:

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

What a creative momma you are! That sounds like an absolutely fun and delicious family movie night :)

I for one would definitely want to try me some of those Po's Cream Dumplings!

I'd rock those chopsticks, too ^.^

Maria Long said...

looks like a fun party love the food choices that were eaten with chopsticks