My daughter loves our monthly Disney movie night tradition, and this month I’m sharing one that we did a while ago: a Rapunzel Family Movie night with a cute craft, movie-inspired menu and simple table decor.
Rapunzel Movie Night
For our family movie nights, I always try to develop a fun menu themed on the movie (or the culture the movie is from), prepare a fun craft for Ella to make, and add some fun decor to our living room to make our movie night extra-special.
For our Rapunzel Movie night, we focused a lot of time on our menu and our super cute Rapunzel Yarn Braid craft, and kept the decor a bit more simple than usual – but I think it still looked super cute and Ella was so proud to be involved in every step of the movie night prepping.
If you’re planning a Disney trip anytime in the future, this is a fun way to build anticipation and count down to your trip. If you have kids with distinctly different movie tastes, try alternating who gets to pick the movie and get everyone involved in planning the menu and activities.
Check out the bottom of this post for a printable shopping list to make planning your own family movie night easier.
Disney’s Rapunzel Movie Night Menu
Often, I use our family movie nights as an opportunity to introduce a new food to Ella. It’s a great way to make trying something new a bit more fun – especially if the tie-in to the movie is super obvious.
For our Tangled movie night, I wanted to develop a recipe for Rapunzel’s favorite: hazelnut soup! I kept the rest of the menu simple and stuck to foods I knew would go over well.
For our movie night, I served:
- Hazelnut Soup (Rapunzel’s favorite)
- Garlic Bread Braids
- Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie
- Elderflower Champagne cocktail for me, Elderflower Cordial for Ella
You don’t need plenty of time or a crazy elaborate meal to make a fun, themed movie night extra-special.
Other meal ideas that would be great for a Rapunzel Movie Night include:
- Spaghetti (representing Rapunzel’s hair)
- Anything cooked in a skillet
- Broccoli Braid
- Fondue (reference to the candles in the lanterns in the movie)
- Taco boats
- Rapunzel is a salad green (field salad) – so a green salad would be perfect
Rapunzel Movie Night Decor
We kept the decor really simple for this movie night so we could focus on our craft and menu.
You could do some thing really creative with the tower theme, put up some lanterns, or string some yellow yarn up all around the room.
I usually just wander around the house and grab anything that will work for the theme and bring it into the living room for the night. Flowers, star decor, Rapunzel toys, building blocks, wicker baskets, painting supplies – they would all be great for setting the tone without a lot of extra work.
Disney’s Rapunzel Craft
For her craft, Ella made a Rapunzel Yarn Braid Headband which can be worn over and over again for princess dress-up.
Materials to a Rapunzel Yarn Braid:
- Yellow Yarn
- Fabric flowers
- Glue of choice
- 2 elastics
- Ribbon or colored yarn, optional
- Large poster board (the kind used for presentations)
Garlic Bread Braids Recipe
This simple garlic bread looks super cute for our Rapunzel theme and is so easy to make, Ella did them with just a little bit of guidance! You could use a from-scratch bread dough, but we went with crescent roll dough.
GARLIC BREAD BRAID INGREDIENTS
- Crescent Roll Dough
Hazelnut Soup Recipe
Hazelnut soup is mentioned in the movie as Rapunzel’s favorite! It took a lot of research to find out what hazelnut soup is and even more research to find some old recipes. It’s basically a parsnip soup with some roasted hazelnuts blended in.
HAZELNUT SOUP INGREDIENTS
- Olive oil
- Mushrooms, optional garnish
Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Inspired by the skillet that Rapunzel whacks Flynn with AND all of that baking that Rapunzel does in the tower, this giant chocolate chip cookie is a fun and super easy dessert for family movie night. We made our cookie dough from scratch, but you can definitely take a shortcut and use pre-made cookie dough.
SKILLET CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE INGREDIENTS
- Brown butter (see instructions in post)
- White granulated sugar
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Milk chocolate chips
Get the full directions and step-by-step pictures to make our Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie here.
Rapunzel Champagne Cocktail
I wanted to do a champagne cocktail for Rapunzel’s bubbly personality, and I love any excuse to use Elderflower – plus it’s a subtle nod to all of Rapunzel’s flower picking and the flowers that get braided into her hair. I also made some quick flower picks for our cocktails to keep Ella’s non-alcoholic cordial separate from my cocktail.
RAPUNZEL COCKTAIL INGREDIENTS
- Elderflower cordial or St Germaine liquor
- Sparkling rosé
Planning Your Own Family Movie Night
I’ve made this free Family Movie Night planning sheet for you to plan your own movie night – whether that be for Disney’s Tangled or another family favourite.
The first couple times you host a family movie night, try to take it easy – stick to recipes that you’ve tried before, pick a craft or activity well within the kids’ skill level, and don’t over plan the night. The movie will probably get started later than you expected and the kids might be a little over-excited at the new family tradition (especially if eating supper in front of the TV)!
We originally tried to do these weekly, but for now doing them every 2 weeks has allowed them to still be a fun family time that we look forward to, without feeling like just another thing I have to schedule and plan for.
And be sure to pin this Disney’s Rapunzel family movie night for later:
Does your family host movie nights, or have any other fun traditions for spending time together?
What movies would you like to plan our next family movie night for?