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A full menu to eat with the family before watching Ratatouille - the kids loved making a whole theme night out of family movie night!

Family Movie Night Menu: Ratatouille

Do you guys remember this post on creating Family rituals?  From holidays to Friday nights, starting the bonding when your littles are still little is such a great idea.  I believe in the idea so much I wanted to give you all a cheat sheet of sorts on throwing together a family movie night that goes beyond pizza and popcorn (although those work too!).

The recipe here is simple: pick a flick the kids are sure to love and combine with a few easy to throw together courses that stay on theme.  This week’s special: Ratatouille with Linguini Alfredo, Co”Lettuce” Wedges, and Remy’s Eclairs.  Read on for the recipes and enjoy!



  • all purpose flour
  • butter
  • minced garlic
  • milk


  • 1 bunch italian parsley
  • 1 head iceburg lettuce


  • 1 bottle zesty italian salad dressing


  • 8 ounces linguine


  • milk
  • parmigiano reggiano cheese
  • 8 oz package of cream cheese


  • 14.5 ounce package of frozen eclairs





For dessert just heat up those frozen eclairs and serve.

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gina March 22, 2013 at 8:53 am

Speaking of movies – what age was your child when you took them to see a movie at a theater? Mine is 4.5 and hasnt gone yet


Georgine March 22, 2013 at 11:05 am

We didn’t take our first until she was three. The second went around 2.5. Both do well. Problem is there are not a lot of movies to take them too. The last two we have went to have been 3d re-releases from Disney. Nemo and Monsters inc. Both girls have decent attention spans. And my little one will pretty much sit through anything as long as she has a bucket of popcorn to eat.

We do a couple of different “traditions.”. Every Friday (when it is cool, for some reason we don’t go in the summer) we go to SD or sushi dinner, then have sweets (and coffee) afterward at a cute little place. I think it is nice for the girls to have a little something to look forward to each week. When I was little we went out every Friday as well. I liked it because I was guarenteed dessert that night. Some things never change.


kristin eldridge photography March 23, 2013 at 12:34 am

I love this idea! My kids help in the kitchen all the time. So, to tie it in with a movie is double the fun!


Tara March 23, 2013 at 2:10 am

I took Petra when she was about 3 1/2 to a matinee and told her we would leave whenever she wanted to. She made it about 2/3rds of the way through. It wasn’t really until she was well into her 5th year that she was able to have a drink, popcorn and sit through a complete movie w/o a bathroom break. And we don’t take her to 3d; it can be bit hard on growing eyes. But we do still bring a pillow pet and a blanket. Some parents bring kid size ear plugs because the volume can be too loud for the young ones.


Marcy March 31, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Has your eBook Freezy Peasy Come out yet?


mpmk March 31, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Thanks so much for asking Marcy. It is currently being formatted for Kindle, Nook and iBooks. The process is taking a little longer than anticipated but the book should be available in the next week or two!


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