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Read on below to find out how to throw a fun Hollywood Premiere Family Movie Night!
Have you finished your taxes yet? A couple of weeks ago I introduced our new family member, the Samsung Galaxy On5, that we purchased with part of our tax refund. The phone is normally $119, but we snagged it on Rollback for $69. And even with the $19.88 SIM Kit, we still spent under $100 getting set up. Score! Our two older boys have been happily connected ever since, and it really gives me peace of mind knowing that we can reach each other when needed, when I’m spread so thin these days.
(Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to the Walmart Family Mobile website or your local Walmart for current pricing.)
As I mentioned before, we chose the $49.88 Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan, which is the Unlimited* Talk, Text, & Data (*includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE then 2G) and a free movie credit on VUDU every month ($7 value) per line. Since Family Mobile bills you later, you only have to pay $19.88 when you sign up. The bill comes at the end of the month, but you can start enjoying all of the plan’s features right away.
The boys have definitely been taking advantage of that unlimited* data (*Includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE† data then 2G) and I’ve even spotted them getting creative. My second son has been trying his hand at videos, and I’m loving seeing things from his point of view. He’s been begging me for a YouTube channel, but I’m just not sure I’m ready for that yet. Seriously, can they please stop growing up?
So in honor of this budding director, I thought it would be fun to throw our first of hopefully many regular family movie nights, with a Hollywood Premiere theme.
Never underestimate the power of a few props! Our normal family movie nights are typically just popcorn and pizza and a new release. With a little prep work, this one was extra special, and the kids couldn’t stop talking about it.
I was really proud of the “Red Carpet Ropes” licorice bundles I made for the kids. I threw together a super quick printable, which you can get by clicking here, and then just cut them out and taped around bundles of red licorice.
The kids loved my Hollywood Stars cookies the most, though. I am in no way a talented baker, and definitely not a great cookie decorator. But seriously, if I can do it, you can do it! You don’t need any special tools.
I started by making star-shaped sugar cookies. Whatever you do, DON’T use store-bought cookie dough. It won’t hold its shape and you’ll be left with lumpy indistinguishable shapes that are definitely not stars. Don’t ask me how I know this.
Anyway, I used this recipe, which is really awesome because you don’t have to chill it. The cookies came out so perfect! Then it was time to ice them. I made some royal icing, and dyed it yellow. Using just a basic plastic baggie with a small hole in the corner, I piped the outline of a star as well as I could. Guess what, though. It’s okay if it’s sloppy.
Then I roughly filled-in the inside of the star with the icing. I’m sure this isn’t a professional technique, but I’m not a pro, so it’s fine.
Only do a few stars at a time so that the icing doesn’t dry before you have a chance to spread it out. I used a plain old butter knife to spread out the icing, and it worked well enough.
I could have stopped there, but I wanted to add our names onto some of the cookies – like as if we had our own Hollywood stars on the Walk of Fame! Except, oh my gosh am I terrible at writing in icing.
I also threw in some random “movie” words for effect. The kids were thrilled. I won’t be making a career out of cookie decorating, but it wasn’t the worst thing ever.
I wanted to get a little fancy, so I added some “bubbly” to our spread. It’s just sparkling apple cider, and I threw together a quick printable label (get the printable here) to go over the bottles.
Last but definitely not least, we had a popcorn bar with some fun toppings. I went with red chocolate candies, gold chocolate candies, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows.
The kids all got a popcorn box to fill with their popcorn and choice of toppings, and then I gave each of them their respective cookie and a bundle of licorice ropes and sent them off to the couch, to watch our free new release on VUDU, streamed right to our TV from the Samsung Galaxy On5!
More ideas for a Hollywood Premiere Family Movie Night:
- Have everyone dress in their fanciest outfits
- Roll out the red carpet and take some photos or ask some fun questions
- Have a “fancy” hor d’oeuvres dinner (we did this one!)
Whatever you do for your family movie night, the best part is that you’ll be spending it by making memories with your loved ones.