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Hey party peeps! As a work-from-home “Mom-preneur” summers can be really hard for me with the kids at home and looking to me for things to do every day while I still have a business to run. I don’t know about you but I sometimes feel guilty with the summer passing by each day and the not having lots of extra time to just hang out with my kids. So my family and I came up with “Fun Fridays” which is every Friday through the end of summer where I take off and dedicate that day to do something fun with the kids.
Last Friday we kicked it off with a RIO 2 Family Movie Night! A movie night seemed perfect since the kid’s favorite movie RIO 2 just came out on DVD last week and they have been WAITING for this movie to come out. So, I secretly picked up the movie while shopping in Walmart on Tuesday—the day it released—and picked up their favorite movie snacks—Pop Secret microwave popcorn and boxed movie candy.
My kids have movie night with popcorn on their own a few times a week already during the summer, so I wanted to figure out how to make this movie night extra special since it was our first “Fun Friday”. So, I decided to go all out and setup some Rio themed decor and make it a party!
Step 1: Decorate!
Finding decor for our movie night was easy. My kids are HUGE Rio fans. My daughter, Riley had a Rio themed party for her 4th birthday (see it here) and this year, Nevaeh’s Baby Couture made her a custom Rio inspired outfit made to resemble Jewel— her favorite RIO character.
Now, my 2 year old son is also a huge RIO fan and they watch the first RIO movie together over and over. We even have the soundtrack on my iPod in the car that we listen to all the time as per the request of my 2 year old Michael! Yes, yes, I admit to knowing EVERY WORD to EVERY SONG on that soundtrack and LOVE IT!
Needless to say, finding RIO themed decor wasn’t hard in my house. I simply went and grabbed all their Rio toys from their rooms. Super easy and no money spent! Gotta love that!
Since Jewel is Riley’s favorite character, I put out pink flower hair clips for us girls to wear for the movie. Once I put the flower in her hair, she immediately ran back to her room and came back with her blue tutu and blue feather RIO headpiece that she wore at her 4th birthday party to complete the look! That’s MY daughter!
RIO Themed Popcorn Bar!
Instead of handing the kids their popcorn in a big bowl to share—like I normally do— I setup a tropical Rio themed popcorn bar under the TV with individual sized blue baskets so everyone had their own popcorn bowl.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: We have this cool popcorn machine in our house for decoration. Instead of the mess of actually using it, the kids simply popped a few extra bags of Pop Secret popcorn in our microwave and put it inside the machine so that they could refill their bowls without me or hubby having to get up in the middle of the movie and pop more popcorn. The kids LOVED being able to do this on their own! In fact, they refilled a few times!
Luis’ Tropical Fruit Smoothies!
Smoothies are a must have in our house in the summer. The kids were beyond excited to see that I set up a“Luis’ Fruit Smoothies” station so they could make smoothies all by themselves. Faith, my 11 year old, supervised of course and thoroughly enjoyed taking the lead. To add decor I placed a Luis toy (how perfect is his fruit hat) next to the blender and pulled out blue freezer cups from my party inventory.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Using these blue freezer cups is great for a movie night. Place them in the freezer an hour before you start your movie to freeze the inner layer and when you’re ready, pour in the smoothies and they will stay cold throughout the entire movie. Since all the cups are identical, we wrapped a different color chenille stem around each of the handles so that the kids could keep track of which cup was theirs.
RIO Themed Candy Bar!
Using furniture I already had, I repurposed it to display candy for the movie. My silver boxes were perfect to display the movie boxed candy and for decor I grabbed Michael’s RIO book that had a figure of each of the characters from the movie in it and placed them around. (SCORE!)
Setting this up literally took maybe a half hour and is so easy for any mom to do using things you already have around your house. The smiles from the kids’ faces was so worth the extra effort to create this themed family movie night! It didn’t hurt too that the movie was REALLY good…the whole family actually wanted to see it including my husband AND my 18 year old son! The music in the movie was AWESOME and had the ENTIRE family dancing around. Memories we won’t soon forget!
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This Fun Friday thing is pretty fun…I’m looking forward to seeing what the kids have in store for us this Friday as it is kids’ choice! UH-OH!