From Hocus Pocus to Hamilton, These 17 Movie-Themed Dinner Menus Sound Perfectly Delicious
Hunkering down at home with some blankets, snacks, and classic movies is the best. From traveling to Hogwarts and getting lost in the world of Harry Potter to cracking up at Monsters, Inc.'s Mike Wazowski or tearing up while singing along to Coco's "Remember Me," good movies always make you feel something. But what if there was a way to bring that magic into your real life? Good news — there is! Movie-themed dinners are the perfect thing to take your at-home dining experience up a notch, and it all starts with a menu.
Rachel Friedman and Kelle Rhodes from Friend Like Me Travel Co. are behind these incredible themed dinner ideas that are the perfect excuse to spend more time at home. They started making the menus while social distancing "as a way to provide something fun and unique" to their travel agency clients who were choosing not to travel, they told POPSUGAR. While their goal is always to offer knowledge of the locations they specialize in, they love "finding ways to bring the magic of those places home" — and this proved to be a fantastic way of doing that.
Each menu is carefully crafted and includes so many movie nods and details that any fan will appreciate. And the best part? The themed meals let you travel around the world to breathtaking places without leaving home. So, whether you're craving a Timon and Pumbahama Mama for The Lion King, a Jurassic Park-themed Welcome to Jurassic Par-tichokes appetizer, a Stormgrouper fish entree inspired by Star Wars, or an I'm So Fluffy I'm Gonna Die marshmallow dessert à la Despicable Me, everything is super fun and delicious.
Apart from their travel agency, Rachel and Kelle are also full-time teachers and use these menus and their podcast, The Vacation Podcast With Character, as a way to stay connected after they made the switch to remote learning. All of us can use some extra just-because celebrations, and these menus are a way to bring family, your roommates, or close friends (safely) together for a fun dinner. What's not to love? Keep reading to see some of their movie-themed dishes, and feel free to reach out to Rachel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kelle (email@example.com) with any questions about their menus or business.
You ain't ever had a dinner like this! Your friends will see you as their very own genie after whipping up this three-course meal and matching cocktail, all inspired by Jasmine and Aladdin's tale. Enjoy a Jasmint mojito to start, followed by Zucc-Genie noodles sautéed in garlic, and A Whole Blue World blueberry crumble bars for dessert. Who needs three wishes when this is on tonight's menu?
Tailor-made for The Avengers fanatics, this menu will make even Thanos shed a tear with how incredibly well thought-out it is. There's a blackberry Black Widow cocktail to start, a Rib-Eye and Hulk Smash-ed Potatoes as the main course, and a quintessential Captain American Apple Pie to finish off the meal. The only downside? "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" might hear about your dinner and crash the viewing party, and they seem like they eat a lot.
This Coco-inspired menu will have the whole gang going "Un Poco Loco" after trying all the delicious recipes. Start with a Dante-Quila tequila cocktail (named after Coco's dog Dante), continue with a Hec-Tortilla Mexican-style soup, go on to the aptly named Un Pollo Loco and Remember Beans mains, and finish off with an Ernesto de la Churro dessert. Churros are also always a good idea, and after a dinner like this? Perfection.
This menu is anything but despicable, it's actually Gru — I mean great! Ready for a whole Despicable Me movie marathon, this dinner includes Curse You Tiny Toilettuce Wraps and Minonions crispy onion strings, and ends with an It's So Fluffy I'm Gonna Die whoopie pie filled with marshmallow fluff (um, yum).
Elf can truly be watched all year round — that's how good it is. And if you're in the mood for some classic Will Ferrell comedy, accompany a morning viewing party with this Elf-themed brunch. There's I Just Love Sangria! Sangria's My Favorite!, some Buddy yhe Elf, What's Your French Toast Color? french toast, and He's an Angry Egg scrambled eggs. Oh, and don't forget the Cotton Headed Ninny Muffins swirled with Nutella. We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: Nutella, muffins, french toast, and of course, sangria!
Pretend you're in majestic Arendelle for a night with this Frozen-style meal. Sip on a refined Duke of Weseltini martini as the opening credits come up, and then start munching on a Lettuce Go caesar salad. Continue with yummy comfort foods like We Finish Eachother's Sandwiches made out of prosciutto, mozzarella, and arugula, and some classic Svench Fries. Want to build a snowman? Make one out of your chocolate Gelat-Olaf for dessert.
Hamilton just continues to grow in popularity now that it's on Disney+, and this menu is the perfect accompaniment to your next viewing party. There's Washington on Your Cider drinks to start, some Aaron Burr-gers and He Will Never Be Satis-Fries as your mains, and Talk Less, Smile S'mores for dessert. This menu really does follow in Alexander Hamilton's footsteps.
Harry Potter fans will unite over this magical menu, filled to the brim with references from the books and films. You'll feel like you're smack in the middle of Hogwarts snacking on a Hufflepuff Pastry mushroom appetizer and Severusset Snape potatoes. The Albus Dumbledonuts and Gin-ny Weasley cocktail will make you want to repeat the menu every night!
This menu is anything but a bunch of hocus pocus: it has substance, style, and a whole lot of hilarious puns. Inspired by the popular Halloween movie, you'll start off with a Thackerita Binx orange margarita, continue on to Sandersunny Side Up Sisters eggs and meat, and finish with a Circle of Salt-ed Caramel Cupcake. Fit for everything from brunch to dinner, this meal idea will absolutely put a spell on you.
You'll enter a whole new gastronomic world (in person, I kinda prefer food over dinosaurs anyway) when serving up this Jurassic Park-style menu, which includes bites like Welcome to Jurassic Par-tichokes bruschetta and a Velocirap-Torte flourless chocolate dessert at the end. All of the fun, none of the T-Rexes chasing after you.
The Lion King
It's the circle of life: another movie night, another incredible themed dinner. Sing along to "Hakuna Matata" with Timon and Pumbaa as you sip on a Timon and Pumbahama Mama cocktail, crunch on a Mufasalad, enjoy the I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts tilapia, and for coffee-lovers, a Nalatte to finish. A perfect combination that will leave everyone feeling like the king of the jungle.
Follow Moana's ocean journey as you revel in this adventurous beach-style dinner menu. It includes everything from a creamy You're Welcolada piña colada to sweet chili Consider the Coconut Shrimp to I Was a Drab Little Crab Cake — perfect small plates for everyone to share while singing along to "How Far I'll Go."
Laugh at Mike Wazowski's antics and maybe shed a tear at Sully and Boo's friendship as you munch on this scary-good dinner menu. Sip on a Mali-Boo Bay Breeze cocktail to start, munch on Put Dumpling Back Where It Came From or So Help Me dumplings next, then enjoy We Scare Because We Kale salad, and finish with a perfect Mike Wazows-Key Lime Pie to wrap up. Extra points if it's green!
The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride is a movie that never gets old: it has comedy, true love, drama, and adventure. Enjoy this classic with punny drinks like a You Killed My Father, Prepare to Rye old fashioned or an As You Whisk mixed-berry lemonade, mains like a Death Corn Not Stop True Love corn on the cob and a southwestern-style Man in Black Bean Burger. And let's not forget about the Anybody Want a Peanut? bar for dessert. Now, all that's missing is a princess, a pirate, a genius, a giant, and a man with a lifetime vendetta.
Pretend you're in a galaxy far, far away and channel the Force when creating this Star Wars-themed menu, perfect for your next Jedi movie marathon. There's some refreshing Han Solemonade to start, then go on to a pan-seared Stormgrouper and Use the Forzo, Luke orzo parmesan dish as mains. A Shortbread Wookie cookie dipped in chocolate is such a perfect dessert, it's basically cosmic.
Get Tangled up in this menu that would make Rapunzel herself jealous (even after escaping her tower and returning to the palace!). Sip on a When Will My Life Be-Gin and Tonic before digging into Then, a Did I Ever Tell You I Have a Thing for Baguettes? bruschetta appetizer and Best. Filet. Ever. steak main dish. Top it all off with Attila's Cupcakes. Go on, let your hair down!
Wreck It Ralph
Step into the arcade world with this Wreck It Ralph-inspired viewing party menu, an assortment that's guaranteed to be glitch-free and really, really fun. Sour Bill whiskey sours are the perfect drink to accompany a Fix It Fe-Leeks salad and Wreck It Ravioli pasta dish. There's No One I'd Rather Be Than Meatballs would make Ralph proud, and One Dyna-Bite Gal brownie bites will give you the good kind of sugar rush.