When my twins were younger, my husband said it would be fun to have “movie nights” with them as we introduced them to our favorite animated feature films. Because we were counting down to a trip at the time (and mostly because we are giant nerds), I took it
one step ten steps further – and Disney Family Days were born. Back in the day, these were weekly occurrences. Over time they got much less frequent, but the point remains – it doesn’t take a holiday to spend a special day celebrating family and one of the Disney classics!
Our Disney Family Days are not parties, despite that my kids refer to them as such. I love planning detailed parties, and I’m sure you’ll see a few of those around here, too These, though, are much more simple. A few decorations that cost $5 or less (many are made from stuff you have lying around the house!), a themed menu, a few games or activities and a movie. Some are more elaborate than others, but young kids – and the young at heart – have a lot of fun with them!
This upcoming holiday break, I think we will be revisiting one of our previous “Disney Family Days”, and having a Pocahontas themed mini-Thanksgiving. We had a great time with it when my girls were younger (and I was pregnant with my son) and now they actually understand gratitude a bit more – and could really use a refresher on the subject. 😉
If you’re looking for fun ideas for your family, here are some we are considering:
Pocahontas-Themed Thanksgiving Party Menu
If you don’t want to go all out and make a traditional Thanksgiving meal (understandable, especially if you’re doing this a few days before or after the actual holiday!), here are some other ideas.
- Truly ADORABLE waffle cone teepee cupcakes from Easy Baked.
- … or these yummy “Popcorn on the Cob” treats from Honeyville Farms (with or without the pumpkin spice)!
- Flit’s Hummingbird Nest Pretzel Treats
- “Colors of the Wind” Baked Tortilla Leaves
Movie Night/Party Activities
- Create a “Fall Thankfulness Flower” (or help little ones fill theirs out).
- Make your very own Pocahontas necklace with these instructions. Or design beautiful Pocahontas-inspired jewelry with clay beads, with this tutorial!
- Or try a dream catcher with these simple craft items!