Take a classic date night and turn it into the theme for a fantastic party with your couple friends! Movies are the perfect backdrop for a fun dinner party date for four or more.
Instead of the same old, same old dinner party at your house, create a menu and a mood based on a favorite film and serve food to friends while they're gathered around the TV.
You can concoct a signature cocktail inspired by the title of the movie or serve dishes from a must-see food scene. Try choosing recipes from where the movie takes place or offer drinks in honor of favorite characters from the film. Let your imagination run wild!
To help with some inspiration, here are some ideas for dinner and movie pairings to get your creative juices flowing:
- Big Night: If you haven't seen it, this film is about Primo and Second, two brothers who try to save their struggling restaurant by hosting one “big night” and serving a complicated Italian, layered timbale pie. You can either try recreating the delicious dish yourself or just make individual calzones to mimic the look.
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding: The perfect pairing for this hysterical comedy about a loud, raucous Greek family are classic dishes like Greek Salad, Moussaka, Hummus, and simple grilled shrimp skewers. Serve bundt cake as a callback to the bundt pan flowerpot scene.
- Chocolat: This sweet romantic comedy offers plenty of menu inspiration. Start with a classic French Coq au Vin with baguettes, or indulge your sweet tooth with a full-on chocolate tasting event.
- Goodfellas: A big pot of “Sunday Sauce” marinara with thin sliced garlic is the perfect wise-guy dinner for this mafia classic. Pair your pasta with a hearty Italian red and don't forget the cannoli for dessert.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s: The must-see food moment from this 1961 classic is Holly Golightly’s wistful stop at Tiffany’s as she savors a chocolate croissant. Switch up the timing and do brunch and a movie with a variety of breakfast dishes, orange juice and, of course, chocolate croissants.
- When Harry Met Sally: If you've seen the movie, you know there is only one scene to go with for the theme. Serve your guests "what she's having" by taking them on a virtual trip to Katz's Deli with pastrami on rye along with pickles, chips, and a variety of mustards ... on the side.
- Mystic Pizza: Before you start the film, gather your pals in the kitchen to make their own individual pizzas just like Julia Roberts and her pals did in this cult favorite. Or make it super easy and just order in a couple of pies and serve with a simple salad
Kid-Friendly Flicks: Have a sitter shortage? Make it a family friendly date night and find a fun movie that pleases kids and parents alike. Here are some fun ideas to start with:
- Ratatouille: This movie and dinner combo is a no brainer. Serve this Provencal stew featuring eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes with simple roast chicken and French bread as you and the kids all cheer Remy to success.
- Lady and the Tramp: Is there anything sweeter than that scene of Lady and the Tramp finding themselves slurping on the same string of spaghetti and closing in for that surprise kiss? Pull out the red and white checkered table cloth and roll up the meatballs for a sure fire crowd pleasing night.
- Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: This trippy children’s classic is the perfect companion for a dessert party. Go all out and cover your tables with sweet treats including bowls of bubble gum, everlasting gobstoppers and Wonka Bars. And of course, don't forget the blueberry pie!
Enjoy coming up with different movie and dinner combinations on your own and don't be afraid to branch out into TV shows too! Think a Friends marathon with a Central Perk-inspired coffee and muffin brunch, or maybe serve an all paleo menu while everyone gathers around the latest episode of Survivor.
Have fun and be sure to let me know what you come up with!