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Rio 2 Family Movie Night with Gourmet Strawberry Popcorn Recipe

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My kiddos {ages 5 and almost 3} have been highly anticipating the release of Rio 2.  Our original plan was to pick it up July 15th  at our local Walmart and then enjoy it as a family movie night on the weekend but we decided that it would be more fun if we invited a couple of other families to enjoy it with us.  We decided to have them over for a theme dinner to build the excitement and then make some special gourmet popcorn to make the evening just perfect.

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Before the guests arrived, I printed some Rio 2 coloring sheets. I placed them on the kiddy table along with some new boxes of crayons and invited the kids to color while I finished getting dinner on the table.

Rio 2 Coloring Table for Guests From WholesomeMommy.com

A theme dinner isn’t necessary, but it sure does make it more fun!  It didn’t take any more effort really to think of dishes that would go with our tropical movie and everyone really seemed to enjoy it.  If your kids are older, it would be a lot of fun to get them involved and have them help you plan and prepare the meal.  You can see the details of our meal in this post along with some of the recipes.

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Once we cleaned up dinner, I made a big pot of strawberry popcorn. We used Pop Secret homestyle popcorn. You can grab a coupon for your box here {while supplies last}.  The kids loved it…especially my girly girl who requested for me to make more “pink popcorn” the next day. :) You can get the recipe below along with our chocolate variation.  As many times as I’ve made these flavors for my kids and their friends, there is never a morsel left!

Strawberry Flavored Gourmet Popcorn Recipe From WholesomeMommy.com

The Rio 2 movie was so good! Even the adults enjoyed it. The music in this one was my favorite part – Bruno Mars!  I especially loved when Nigel {the bad guy} sang “I Will Survive.”  I won’t give away the whole story line, but I highly recommend this as a family movie. It was one that kept all ages entertained!

Here’s a sneak peek of one of my favorite scenes!


We had such a blast during the whole evening!  I really love making a big deal out of things with my kids and friends. I just love making things a bit more special for everyone. Everything in this post really didn’t take any more time or money than usual, but it made the evening a lot more memorable for the ones I love.   But, regardless of how you choose to enjoy the movie with your loves, it’ll be time well spent. So grab your movie and some popcorn, family time is the place where memories are made. <3

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Outdoor Entertaining – Rio 2 Party

My kids were super excited about having a couple of families over to watch the new Rio 2 movie. I love family movie nights – and any good excuse to entertain some good friends.  We started planning earlier in the week to make our party a little extra special, but not too crazy out of hand.

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First off, we choose some outdoor-proof dishes for our theme.  We found these at Walmart.  They have several fun prints in Better Homes and Gardens Outdoor {melamine} line. These dinner plates are in the print called “reactive blue” which we thought would be perfect for our Rio 2 themed party. They are available online for $2.78 and are also available in store. I actually bought mine online and picked them up the same day at my local Walmart using the “pick up today/site to store” feature.  I didn’t want to take a chance wasting the gas if they didn’t have them at my local store and I was on a tight time frame too, so this worked out great!  I also picked up this Better Homes platter in the same department after I got to the store.

I love the color combination of blue and lime green so I paired the dishes with some lime green cloth napkins that I already had.   This place setting is low key…but that’s what summer entertaining in the south is all about.  Keeping it low key and keeping the ones you love close.

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Finally, as a center piece for this little shindig I picked up a big styrofoam ball from Walmart’s craft department, along with 2 white feather boas, and some wired blue burlap ribbon.  I wrapped the styrofoam ball with the boas pinning it every few inches.  I added a bow and viola! – a simple center piece perfect for a Rio 2 party!

The next thing we had to plan was what food we would serve at the party.  I thought we’d make it fun by keeping it thematic. So, I planned a tropical dinner to go along with with our Rio 2 theme.  Here’s what I came up with:

  • Grilled Chicken skewers
  • Grilled Pineapple
  • Pineapple dipping sauce {recipe below}
  • Saffron Rice
  • Broccoli
  • Watermelon Tropical Fruit Salad with Coconut Cream {recipe coming soon!}

Grilled Chicken and Pineapple with Spicy Pineapple Dipping Sauce

Our party turned out so fun! To see more details, check out my next post where I’ll share more about the party details along with a delicious recipe for Strawberry Popcorn!

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