Host Your Own Nutcracker Playdate Inspired By The New Disney Film [free printables!]

September 26, 2018

I don’t know about you guys, but I am so excited about the new Disney Nutcracker movie coming out November 2nd.  I grew up dirt poor, so I’ve never been able to see The Nutcracker live, but I looked so forward to watching it with my bunny ear antennae every winter.  When the holidays roll around here, the boys and I always grab a copy of the book from the library.  I just love it, so you better believe I was elated to learn Disney would be making a movie version of this dreamy classic.  Here’s what I know so far about The Nutcracker & The Four Realms.

“All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.”

Check out this preview:

I know we are all beginning to get engulfed into the new school year and the holidays are going to be here before we know it, I thought I would help you guys by sharing some fun inspiration for a play date inspired by the film.  I plan to host one and then take the boys to see the film!

-Get strawberry milk and serve in clear cups.
-Throw together a popcorn bar or trail mix bar.

Read the book:  This one is obviously pretty self explanatory, but place your favorite versions on hold at the library.  There’s a version for just about every age group, know your audience!

Favors: Tutus might be a little tutu much, but I say go for it!  Lame jobs aside, consider giving out sugary treats like lollipops.

Craft time:  Print out these projects below so guests can color and create to their heart’s content!  

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