Confession time. This Finding Dory Dinner was supposed to be my June Dinner and Date Night post. We’ve all had those months that were extra crazy though, right? I was just happy that we were able to fit this date night and a movie in, even if I wasn’t able to write about it until now. That being said, not a lot of planning went into this themed dinner. So while it is not brilliant, it’s a great example of how even when you’re short on time it’s possible to take a normal meal and make it fun. #ThemeLife :).
Finding Dory Dinner & Date Night
“Just keep swimming” is one of my mantras in life that I refer to often. So when it was announced that Dory actually was getting her own movie I knew that this was one animated feature that with or without kids we were going to see. Since it had been awhile since we’d watched Finding Nemo, it was a perfect choice for this movie post series. If you’re new, I theme a dinner at home while we watch the old movie, and then see the new one out in theatres on a separate date. However, I also thought I would have more time to prepare for this than I did. Turns out that even thrown together last-minute it was still pretty fun :).
Finding Dory Tablescape
- Blue tablecloth or cover (previously bought from dollar store)
- Seashells or starfish of some sort to arrange on the table
- natural fiber-looking placemats
- Swedish Fish
That’s really it! I bet that most of us have some type of beach paraphernalia lying around if you think about it. Shells collected from trips, your kid’s toys, etc. The starfish are real and actually from our wedding. The centerpiece is something that we already have as legit decoration but it kind of resembled a sea anemone so we decided to multi-purpose it. The whole look wasn’t sophisticated or fancy but this wasn’t a party I was hosting, just a comfortable night at home (with an under the sea vibe of course).
Finding Dory Dinner Menu
Main Dish – Seashell pasta with Goldfish crackers Small shell pasta with Goldfish crackers, ground turkey and any basic white sauce.
I didn’t have the heart to actually have fish or seafood for a Finding Dory Dinner. It just felt wrong haha. This pasta is pretty elementary, but also pretty good!
Side Dish – Watermelon Turtle Salad
Okay, can I tell you how proud I am of this Turtle Salad? I saw a picture of a really large version of this on Pinterest and thought I’d attempt to do one with a smaller watermelon since there were only two of us. Although I didn’t quite capture the detail that the larger one had, I made it my own and you can tell it’s a turtle. That was really my only want :). Low expectations in the art department here.
Drink – “Nemo Drink” Any orange drink garnished with a shark gummy
I wanted to get something orange and blue as a nod to Nemo. These shark gummies were in the bulk bins at my local food store and were perfect! The red you see in the bottom of the drink is one of the Swedish Fish. I got a little carried away with “sprinkling” them on the table 😉
Dessert – Seashell Cookies (store-bought Madeline Cookies)
Why homemake seashell cookies when I can just buy them like that?
Finding Dory Review
When it came time to actually see the new movie, we tagged along some friends with kids just because :). It definitely adds to the experience when there are kid giggles and laughter in surround sound. As for the movie, we loved it. It was funny, poignant in spots, creative, and inspirational. Just as you’d expect between Pixar and Ellen Degeneres.
“What would Dory do?!”
I grant Finding Dory with 5 out of 5 Halos.
Have you seen it yet? What were your thoughts?
Want more date night fun? Check out the previous dinner and a movie posts!