The Princess and the Frog Party -Dinner and Movie: all the party ideas, decor, recipes and printables for a themed family movie night or party.
I’m very excited to be starting a new series here on the blog. I love a good movie night, and my favourite kind is a dinner and a movie. These food and film pairings are always so much fun. This summer I’m going to be sharing a series of Disney princess movie nights with a themed dinner menu to go with it inspired by the film. It should be a lot of fun. We had a fun family night for ours but these ideas would also be great for a Princess and the Frog birthday party too. Any little girl would love this themed party inspired by Tiana possibility our very favorite movie princess.
Our first movie is The Princess and The Frog. It’s such a great movie and we had some really fun Princess and the Frog party ideas. I think I had only seen the movie once before working on this party. When my own princess girls were little they were really sensitive about scary movies and the voodoo in this movie was too much for them. So something to keep in mind if you have really sensitive kids or party guests too. I really enjoyed rewatching The Princess and The Frog and putting this party together wasn’t too much hard work. The music and scenery were great, and it was an amazing film to pair with food, because food is so much a part of the movie.
The main character Disney’s princess Tiana dreams of opening a restaurant, and there’s plenty of scenes that revolve around amazing New Orleans cooking. So for our menu for the night, we chose to make gumbo, and beignets -which both figure prominently in the movie. And just for fun we also added in some “swamp water” punch.
The Princess and The Frog Party Decor
For each film, I’m excited to set up a small coffee tablescape, so we can eat together casually in the living room while we watch the movie. If you were using these ideas for a larger birthday party, you could set up in a different area. For the Princess and The Frog theme, I was inspired by pictures of different scenes of the movie, and decided to go with a swampy mostly green color scheme. I wanted to create a beautiful swampy feel to the table, based on the scenes of them in the swamp together.
We started with making some simple and beautiful crepe paper water lilies. Find the full tutorial to make your own water lilies here. I made some in white and some in pink and used some yellow tea lights as the centres of the flowers. They were easy to make and so pretty, and a big hit. If you had younger guests, you could also use a battery powered candle with no real flame from your local craft store. They’d be a fun kids craft to do as part of the party too.
In addition to the water lilies, I made some paper lily pads in different shades of green card stock that were perfect for the table and partly inspired by Tiana’s magical flowing dress. I arranged them almost like a table runner. They were the perfect centerpiece for our adorable party.
I also went to a swampy area near my home and cut some cat tails. These were such a fun and easy addition. In the movie, one of the characters is a Cajun fire fly named Ray, between him, his large family and the stars at night there is lots of sparkle and twinkle in the movie. I used some simple fairy lights in some lanterns to add the same kind of feel to our little swamp inspired table.
The Princess and The Frog Party Printables
We also created some beautiful party printables for our movie night princess party or the birthday party theme. Whether you’re planning a family movie night together, or a larger The Princess and The Frog party these printables are the perfect finishing touch. They are the perfect Princess and the Frog invitation.
We started out with a movie night ticket. Purchase the printables and print on your home computer or at your local office supply store or print shop. The tickets are such a fun way to make your own Princess and the Frog party invitations to invite your kids, or little princess friends and help everyone get excited about a special night at a Princess Tiana party.
We printed this cute The Princess and The Frog movie quote poster on card stock and used it on our table. You could also frame it or hang it up, or tape it to your front door to greet guests.
The printables also include themed straw flags to dress up your straws, as well as food labels that fit our menu, plus blank ones you could use with any food options you included, or as place cards in a tablescape. Lastly we made some cupcake toppers that you can print, cut, and then glue to a tooth pick and use in green frosting cupcakes, or frog cupcakes, or any other food. We used them in our homemade beignets here.
The Princess and The Frog Themed Food Ideas
Since this series is all about dinner as well as the movie, let’s get to the food. The Princess and Frog begins with Tiana’s early memories of making her favorite dish gumbo with her father, we also see her make swamp gumbo for her friends in the swamp, and then help Mama Odie get the seasoning just right.
So we knew we had to make gumbo! We made gumbo with chicken, sausage, and shrimp gumbo, you can find the recipe here. It was so good. We served it with white rice and French baguette, and it was a great meal. It was so well seasoned and flavourful. It was a little spicy. If I was making it for younger kids who weren’t big fans of spices, I would definitely reduce the cayenne pepper and cajun spice.
I thought it would be fun to make a swamp water inspired punch for the our movie night. It was such a yummy and fun addition! We used limeade, pineapple juice, gingerale and lime ice cream for the perfect green, and frothy swamp water. Find our easy swamp water punch recipe here. These drinks are a great addition to your favourite kids recipes.
Princess and The Frog Beignetts
We definitely could not do The Princess and The Frog and not serve beignets. They are the perfect treat to go with this movie, since like the gumbo, they make a few different appearances in the film, and they are quintessentially Cajun, and remind me of Tiana’s place.
The last time I had beignets was probably Mickey Beignets at the River Side Disney Resort in Disney World, quite a few years ago. We love them, and try to have them anytime we’re lucky enough to stay at Disney World. But you don’t have to go to Disney World -or New Orleans, to get them! You and your little chef can make them at home. Our easy bread machine recipe is so easy to make and so delicious. And if you don’t have a bread machine you can make them in a stand mixer or by hand. They’re definitely a favourite. Find our recipe for Tiana’s Famous Beignets here.
One final small touch, that was easy and fun was to serve some gummy frogs. They were the perfect little candy treat to fit our theme, and I picked them up at the bulk store. They would also be cute party favors, tied in a cellophane goodie bags with curly ribbon.
We had so much fun having a The Princess and The Frog themed dinner and movie night. I hope some of these easy ideas and recipes inspire you to enjoy a The Princess and The Frog themed dinner and movie night too. And don’t forget I’ll be sharing more Disney Princess Dinner and Movie ideas all summer, along with a special package at the end that you can purchase with all 6 Disney Princess Movie Nights, that includes all the recipes and all the printables in one place -so stay tuned for that!
These fun ideas would also be great for a wishing anyone a happy birthday, or even for a romantic Disney date, where you enjoy cooking the food together as a couple and then watch the movie together. Just my kind of party date.
With a The Princess and the Frog movie night, life really is a party!
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