Theme Ideas for Dinner and Movie Night

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Spice up your regular dinner routine with a dinner and movie theme night. Choosing a theme can open you up to new recipes from around the world, and you have plenty of themes to try out, whether you're looking for family-friendly fun or a romantic night with your special someone.

Themes for Families

  • Choose movies that are family-friendly, then come up with ways to incorporate themes from the movie into your meal. For example, have a "Meatballs and Movies" night. Watch "Lady and the Tramp" and serve spaghetti with meatballs, or make giant stuffed meatballs and watch "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" or the the 1979 Bill Murray classic "Meatballs." For more family fun, watch "Ratatouille" and serve ratatouille or make a selection of tiny appetizers and finger foods and watch "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids."

Romantic Couples Themes

  • Share a special night with the one you love with dinner and a romantic movie. Get out your fine china, dress up in your fanciest clothes and dine in upper-class style while watching "Sense and Sensibility" or "Titanic." Recreate the famous lobster scene in "Annie Hall." Make four appetizers and a dinner and watch "Four Weddings and a Funeral." Eat French cuisine and watch "Amelie," or serve omelets and bacon and watch "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

Food and Location Based Themes

  • Choose movies that are all set in the same location, then make a dinner featuring food from that region. Have a "Taste of Italy" night, and serve fettuccine Alfredo or lasagna while watching "Under the Tuscan Sun" or "Roman Holiday." Or choose a "One Night in Paris" theme with French food like coq au vin or coquilles St-Jacques and movies such as "Midnight In Paris" and "An American in Paris."

Movies About Food

  • Pick a movie where food is one of the central themes, then prepare dishes featured in the movie. Have an "Eat, Pray, Love" night, where you make the same food that the main character dines on, such as Indonesian spring rolls and Indian vegetable curry. Or have a "Julie and Julia" themed night, featuring some of renowned chef Julia Child's recipes, like bruschetta with fresh tomatoes, beef bourguignonne and raspberry Bavarian cream

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