About once a month, I treat my family to a themed movie night – and let’s be honest, it’s usually a Disney movie night! Our latest was a Snow White Movie Night which is perfect for fall with comfort food and apples featured prominently on our menu and a fun Snow White headband craft that my daughter got to make while I was busy cooking.
Snow White Movie Night
These Family Movie Nights are a fun tradition that I try to keep up about once a month and they always get Ella so excited – it’s like a mini party for just our family! Plus they are a great excuse to try out new recipes and introduce my daughter to foods from other cultures.
However, I try to temper my temptation to plan an elaborate menu and just introduce one new food at a time. I’ve personally found that kids are much more open to trying a new food if it’s presented along with tried-and-true favorites.
Funny enough, my daughter has never had German sausages and she’s never had mustard (except for when I’ve mixed it into sauces or dressings). So, tonight’s menu may be tame for some but the German sausages with grainy mustard was special enough for us. Plus, I used the opportunity to try out a new way of making hasselback potatoes: in a casserole! This easy Hasselback Potato Bake is way easier than making individual hasselback potatoes and is definitely making it’s way onto our Thanksgiving Day menu.
The rest of the menu (and crafts and decor) were rounded out with apples – an easy fit for Snow White. You can make any favorite apple recipe but I went with our tried and true Apple Berry Crisp.
This same menu and itinerary would also work for a family movie night for:
- Sleeping Beauty
- Any movie set in the fall
- Any movie set in Germany – I’d love any recommendations you might have!
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 Snow White Menu
You don’t need plenty of time or a crazy elaborate meal to make a fun, themed movie night extra-special.
The only foods mentioned in the movie are plum pudding, apple dumplings and gooseberry pie. And, of course, those infamous poisoned apples… so there is a lot of room to get creative with what you’d like to serve.
Normally, I’d take this opportunity to make a German-inspired meal but the only real German inspiration here are those sausages. I’ve listed some German-inspired menu options below if you’d like to get a bit more adventurous with your menu.
For our movie night, I served:
- Crispy Hasselback Potato Bacon Bake
- Apple Blackberry Crumble
- Apple Pie a la Mode cocktails (just an apple cider and vanilla ice cream float for Ella)
Other meal ideas that would be great for a Snow White Menu include:
- Our Poison Candy Apples
- Pork Schnitzel (a German classic) from Kylee Cooks
- Mulled Wine (for the parents)
- German Spaetzle from the Stay at Home Chef
- Authentic Sauerbraten from House of Nash Eats
Snow White Movie Night Decor
As usual, I just searched the house for items that could be repurposed as decor for our movie night.
We used the same plaid tablecloth that we used for our Brave movie night and underneath is the yellow picnic tablecloth from our Beauty and the Beast movie night. Ella decorated the table with the pretend apples and bushels that were in our Apple Pie Sensory Bin, and she also added some seeds and nuts from another sensory bin.
You could even add a basket with real apples (doubles as a healthy dessert) or make some fake poison apples to put in a basket.
More Snow White Movie Night Decor Ideas
Fake apples, real apples, beautiful mirrors and anything in a blue, red and yellow color pattern would be perfect for bringing a Snow White theme to your movie night. If you’re looking for an extra special touch, you may want to add:
Disney’s Snow White Craft
For our Snow White craft, Ella and I made Poison Apple Headbands which are perfect for wearing to the Disney parks – especially at Halloween!
Materials for a Poison Apple Headband:
- White & red glitter foam sheets
- Hot Glue
- Marker or Pen
- Red Sewing Trim
- Red Headband
- Snow White Poison Mickey Ears printable template
Crispy Bacon Potato Bake Recipe
A fun twist on a hassleback potato – made way easier as a casserole but still with that perfect crispy-fluffy texture combo and buttery flavor.
POTATO BAKE INGREDIENTS
- Russet Potatoes, sliced
- Onion, sliced
- Butter, melted
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Bacon, chopped
Apple Blackberry Crumble Recipe
A healthy take on a traditional crumble recipe, this Apple Blackberry Crumble uses honey and coconut sugar as natural sweeteners and whole grains to make the delicious crumble on top.
APPLE BLACKBERRY CRUMBLE INGREDIENTS
- Apples, chopped
- Pomegranate juice
- All-purpose flour
- Hazelnuts, optional, crushed
- Rolled oats
- Coconut sugar or cane sugar
- Quinoa, optional
Apple Pie a la Mode Cocktail
Creamy and rich with a caramel-apple flavour, this cocktail is one way to have your apple pie and drink it, too!
How to Make an Apple Cider Float Cocktail
- Apple cider
- Vanilla ice cream
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 Brave 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.
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?