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.
Our first movie is The Princess and The Frog. It’s such a great movie! I think I had only seen it once before working on this party. When my 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 too. I really enjoyed rewatching The Princess and The Frog. 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 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. For the Princess and The Frog, 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 -I’ll be sharing the simple tutorial to make these later this week. 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.
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. I arranged them almost like a table runner.
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. 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.
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 invite your kids, or friends and help everyone get excited about a special night together.
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.
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 picks that you can print, cut, and then glue to toothpicks and use in 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 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 -I’ll be sharing the recipe here next week. 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. I’ll share the recipe here next week.
Princess and The Frog Beignetts
We definitely could 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 quitiesentially Cajun.
The last time I had beignets was probably Mickey Bigentes 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 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. I’ll be sharing my recipe for Princess and The Frog beignets next week too.
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.
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 (soon to come) 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!
With a The Princess and the Frog movie night, life really is a party!